Helen Bonadio

Helen Bonadio of North Scranton passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, at Regional Hospital of Scranton. She was the widow of Anthony Bonadio, a former educator who served the Scranton School District for more than 30 years.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Julia Sabo. She was a longtime member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church and St. Ann's Guild. She was employed at St. Mary's Center and pursued her true passion of always giving to others by becoming a professional baker. Helen found joy through cooking, baking and gardening, but her family and church were paramount to her. She enjoyed preparing all types of cookies, and her pizza was legendary. She used her culinary gift as the glue that bonded her family together and created traditions that will last for years to come. There is no word that can describe the remarkable and selfless person that Helen was. Instead of being wrapped in packages and bows, her gifts were wrapped with love. Everyone who knew Helen knows what a truly wonderful mother, grandmother and great- grandmother she was. Her unconditional love for her family, her God, and gift of forgiveness is something to be admired and never forgotten. Her presence throughout her entire life was felt most in the kitchen and will continue to do so in our hearts. Her hands were a gift which taught us that kneading dough is much like life, through prayer you can always rise above life's challenges. The kitchen is finally closed.

Surviving are her children, Anthony and wife, Diane, Clarks Summit; Donna Dixon, Olyphant; John and wife, Mary Susan, Dunmore; and Judy and husband, Clif Myers, Fairfield, Conn.; eight grandchildren, Jason Bonadio and wife, Scottie; Amber Bonadio, John Joseph Dixon; Elizabeth Tinney and husband, Jeffrey; Julia, Anna, Emma and Sophia Myers; five great-grandchildren, Aidan, Avery and Logan Tinney, Nicholas and Juliet Bonadio; a sister, Mary Sabo, Pine Brook Section; several nieces and a nephew.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Joseph Bonadio; and siblings, Anne Lacken, Michael Sabo, Julia Slivka, Margaret Sesok and John Sabo.

The family would like to express its gratitude to the Little Sisters of the Poor and the caring staff of St. Mary's Villa Residence.

The funeral will be conducted on Thursday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Family Residence Chapel. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Greek Catholic Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call at the Maloney Lounge at Holy Family Residence, today from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.

Arrangements entrusted to the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 North Main Ave., Scranton. Please visit www.solfanelli fiorillofuneralhome.com. For information, directions or to send an online condolence.

Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 10, 2013