Mario Bonofiglio
Mario Bonofiglio

1933 - 2019

Mario Bonofiglio, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away at Brookside Care Center on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at the age of 85.

He was born in Kenosha on April 24, 1933, to Thomas and Antonietta (Costanzo) Bonofiglio. Mario was a gifted and accomplished athlete, earning the highest honors in just about every sport he played, and he played just about every sport!

As an athlete, Mario played quarterback for Kenosha Bradford, the Wisconsin Badgers, and finally the Miami Hurricanes. While in high school he earned a total of ten varsity letters in three years in four different sports. He garnered All-America Honorable Mention honors as a quarterback while at Miami where he also earned a bachelor's degree in Education.

After college, he served in the US Army Medical Services Corps until his Honorable Discharge as a Second Lieutenant in November of 1959.

On March 2, 1957, he married Dina Martino at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii Catholic Church, where they were both lifelong members.

Mario's greatest joy was his family. He was a caring and generous father and grandfather with a big heart. He and his wife Dina drove thousands of miles over the years to support their children and grandchildren in all their activities. Prior to his retirement in 1993, Mario's main work was in auto sales. He was also a manager and co-owner of The Pub and Grub. He was an avid supporter of high school athletics, especially St. Joseph's, and mentored many kids in sports and life skills.

He was the coach, manager, and pitcher for Tirabassi's softball team for decades, finally hanging up his mitt at age 51. A highlight for him was leading the team to a World Championship in 1962. He was inducted into the USSSA, ASA and, most importantly, Kenosha Softball Halls of Fame. He was a city handball champion and won several golf championships at both the local and state levels and continued to golf into his eighties.

Mario created a wonderful legacy in the city of Kenosha where he is survived by his beloved wife, Dina; his daughters, Tina Bonofiglio of Kenosha, Leah (Curtis) Witynski of Madison and Gail Bonofiglio of Franklin, his grandsons, Max and Grant Witynski; his brothers, Vince (Karen) and Tom (Carol), and his sisters-in law, Mary Bonofiglio, Gina Missurelli, Nina (Robert) Aceto, and Rita (Robert) Ginocchio. He also touched the lives of many nephews, nieces, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Tony Bonofiglio; a sister, Maria Bonofiglio , brother –in-law, Frank Missurelli and his in-laws, Louis and Adelma Martino.

A Memorial Service honoring Mario's life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at noon at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. Private inurnment will take place in St. George Cemetery. A gathering of relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances to St. Joseph Catholic Academy, 2401 69th St., Kenosha, WI 53143, would be appreciated.

A heartfelt thank you to the staff at Brookside Care Center, not only for their hard work but also the compassion extended to Mario and his family.

Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home &

Cremation Services

3720 39th Avenue

Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144


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So sad friends from high school great memories . Prayers to your family .Always had a great smile kind heart. Beverly Caracciolo Mayo .Medina Ohio
February 17, 2019
My condolences to your whole family. I have many memories of Mr Bonofiglio always being a supportive genuine Dad to all of us.
Treasure your memories
Carol Brownlee/Hentges
February 2, 2019
a loved one
January 31, 2019
Mr. Bonofiglio was not only a mentor to me, but a friend. He was always supportive and always challenged me to be the best athlete/person I could be. It didn't matter what sport Tina and I were playing (basketball or volleyball) he would be there supporting our team and proving constructive criticism.

Aside from my own father, Mario supported us (women) in all the sports we were involved, and that meant the world to me.

No one can question what a great athlete he was, but what I remember most was his kindness, generosity, and smile. ❤

Mrs. B, Tina, Leah (and family), & are in my thoughts and prayers. ❤
Debbie Ambruso
Family Friend
January 29, 2019
a loved one
January 27, 2019
Mario, Mr. B, Mutz was a special person. I was fortunate to have worked for him and played for him @ the P&G. He always encouraging words and great stories for those who came in contact with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends. RIP & God Bless Mario.
Jon 'Bonzo' Arena
January 27, 2019
Sorry for your loss he was a great person and well respected. RIP Jim Mortl
January 27, 2019
You've been part of our family since I was 10 years old. You were the big brother I never had
and helped me so much thru my teenage years and then some. Our family will never be the same without you but I have so many memories of you and my sister Dina to last for the rest of my life. I will still celebrate Mario Day and eat a piece of your favorite chocolate. Thanks for everything. We miss you already but know we will see you again someday. See what you can do to help out the Packers next season, will ya ? Love, Your favorite sister-in-law (I won't tell the others) !
Rita Ginocchio
January 27, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family.
Tom Barndollar
January 27, 2019
We were sorry to read that Mario passed away. You have our deepest sympathy.
Ed & Jan Bonaretti
January 27, 2019
Mario was a good friend and mentor to me for a number of years. I could always call him or see him for support and words of encouragement. he will be greatly missed. rest in peace Mario.
Ron Benhoff
January 27, 2019