Mary Ann Bullock Bonavita

Jan. 24, 2013

Mary Ann Bullock Bonavita, 68, of Meshoppen (Auburn), passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 24, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family after an extended illness.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1944 in East Rush, Pa., a daughter of the late Gerald E. Bullock, who passed on Oct. 3, 1987, and Helen M. Yucas Bullock, who passed on Jan. 11, 1997.

She was a 1962 graduate of Elk Lake High School and a 1963 graduate of Empire Beauty School.

Mary Ann married John J. Bonavita on March 30, 1963. They would have celebrated their 50th anniversary in March.

In her early years, she worked for Bendix Corp. in South Montrose. She also had her own beauty shop in Meshoppen. In 1966, she and John purchased a farm in Auburn, known today as the Jon-Ann Farms, which is still run by the family. Mary Ann also served for several years as a judge of elections in Auburn Township.

Mary Ann was a member of the St. Bonaventure's/St. Joachim's Churches of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. She loved attending 4-H Club dairy shows to watch and help with her children and grandchildren at the Wyoming County, Harford, Luzerne County and Bloomsburg fairs, as well as at the All-American Dairy Show and the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Years ago she enjoyed coaching the Auburn and Bonavita Farm softball teams. Most important, what she enjoyed most of all was doing things with her family.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Stanley J. Bullock, on Jan. 1, 1976.

Besides her husband, John, she is survived by her children, John J. Bonavita Jr., Cherie A. Bonavita, Cindy L. Bonavita, Patty L. Bonavita, Chris B. Bonavita, Lori M. Bonavita, Stanley J. Bonavita and his wife, Jennifer, all of Auburn; her grandchildren, Alex J., Kyle R., Austin J., and Autumn J. Bonavita; her brother, Chuck Bullock, Auburn Center; her sister, Geraldine Mokris and husband, Myron, Auburn Center; her extended family, Kevin Palmer, Nicole 'Nicki' Brooks, both of Springville, Pa.; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at the St. Joachim's Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen with the Rev. Joseph Manarchuck of the church officiating. Interment will be at the Jersey Hill Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 3:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Mary Ann's name to the Susquehanna County 4-H Club, 31 Public Ave., Montrose, PA 18801.

Published in Times Leader on Jan. 26, 2013