Elvira Mary Bonomini
Elvira Mary Bonomini

Elvira Mary Bonomini passed away on July 14, 2007, in Eureka at the age of 89. She was born in 1917 in Eureka to Sylvio and Eva Champi. Elvira attended Eureka City Schools graduating with honors as valedictorian in 1935.

The love of her life was her family, and we are proud to recall she was honored as Eureka’s first Mother of The Year in 1956. Elvira was a dedicated and loving mother who thoroughly enjoyed attending the various activities of her children and grandchildren. She was also very supportive of her husband’s baseball interests. Gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and reading were some of her hobbies. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was very generous and kind, dearly loved, and will be missed.

She is survived by her sons, Robert and his wife Donna, James and his wife Kathy, Louis and his wife Diane, Carl and his wife Jeanne, David Bonomini, Alan and his wife Julie, Kenneth and his wife Roxanne; daughters, Maria Briggs and her husband Loran, Louise Craighead and her husband Byron, Susan Bonomini; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Sandy Bonomini and sister--in-law, Lola Bonomini.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis and her parents.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 18, 2007, at Sanders Funeral Home, 1835 E Street in Eureka from 11 to 5 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend the Recitation of the Rosary on Wednesday July 18, 2007, at 7 p.m. at Sanders Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday July 19, 2007, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. with Father Mike Cloney, Celebrant. Encryptment will follow at St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be sons Robert, James, Louis, Carl, David, Alan and Kenneth Bonomini. Honorary bearers will be Byron Craighead and Loran Briggs.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Bernard’s Catholic School, 222 Dollison Street, Eureka, CA 95501; Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, PO Box 780, New York, New York 10008-0780; or to a charity of your choice.

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Published by Times-Standard on Jul. 17, 2007.
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Sincere condolences to your entire family from mine . . . I grew up on Dakota St., making daily trips to your families grocery store. My fondest memories were of Vira, Louis, Lola and Joe as they always had 'patience' and a smile for my sisters and I . . . my mom always had us kids walk to the store for EVERYTHING ! Sally just reminded me of how Joe would often patiently slice .10cents worth of Salami for her. To this day, Sally is still hooked on dry salami! The respect, kindness, patience and compassion showed by your family shall always be remembered by mine ! Memories are our treasures and I am sure you have many . . . God Bless you all !
Judy Weaver
July 29, 2007
Susan and family,
I was so sorry to hear of her passing. I know she was a great mother and will be missed by you.
I am thinking of you all
Lisa Ayers
Lisa Ayers
July 22, 2007
TO THE BONOMINI FAMILY ,AS IM SINCERILY SORRY ABOUT THE LOSS OF VERA AS SHE WAS A GREAT LADY AND WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED BY ALL THAT NEW HER, AS I REMEMBER THE BONOMINIS MARKET WAS OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE BONOMINI-S FAMILY FOR A GOOD MANY YEARS, THE SPINAS FAMILY SHOPPED DAILY AS THE HANDY MARKET GOD BLESS YOU ALL , FROM RHONDA SPINAS.
RHONDA SPINAS
July 22, 2007
Louise, Byron, Jason and Jenny,

I am so sorry for your loss. Louise, your mother can rest peacefully knowing what an amazing family and extended family she has raised and influenced. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Monica Ohkubo
July 19, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers and with the you all.
David and Sue Ayers
July 19, 2007
Dear Louise, Byron, Jason and Jenny:
Our sincerest sympathies to each of you as well as the rest of your family. God obviously blessed you all with precious parents and beautiful memories. May those memories warm your hearts and sustain you in the months ahead.

Lovingly,
Therese and Michael Jennings
July 19, 2007
I am very sorry for your loss. My grandparents (Arthur and Lena Riley) lived in the neighborhood and shopped almost exclusively at the store. I visited them on weekends and would come by to pick up comics, candy or ice cream and Bonomini's was THE place. Everyone was so friendly.

Lou was pallbearer at my grandparents funeral. That is still how highly I regard them. They are special people who made the neighborhood and entire community special. Their spirits are in heaven. Of that I have no doubts.

Bill Quinn 839-1893
Bill Quinn
July 18, 2007
Dear Family and Friends,
So sorry for your loss. Our prays and love go out to you and your family.
Fannie Swan
July 18, 2007
Bob, Donna and Family
We send our condolences and have you and your family in our prayers.
Mary & Marvin Williams
July 18, 2007
My love and prayers to your entire family. Vera has and will always hold a very special place in my heart. She has had such a positive impact on the boys. Much love, Lona
Lona Bates
July 18, 2007
Dear Byron,Louise & family,
I am sorry over your loss. May your mom's death bring deeper understanding of life and renewed bonds of love with all who surround you.

May the Blessings and Presence of God be with you.

Steve and Matina Kilkenny
Steve (Siddiq) Kilkenny
July 18, 2007
Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you at this time.
Francis & Adele Connell
July 17, 2007
Bob and Carl
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Walter (class of 67') and Kathy Fletcher
walter fletcher
July 17, 2007
With lovingly sympathy to all of the family... A real pioneer in our time.... She was. We new family when they owned the store on allard Ave. in Eureka, As young children we always loved the family store. ...louie,joe, vira & lola..Are still amongst my fondest memories of my childhood....so caring & loving to all of us as we grew up. God Bless & keep . Oh how we love those memories .
SALLY WEAVER (THOMPSON)
July 17, 2007
With a heavy heart I sign this today.
Thank you for calling me Susan before
the newspaper I loved her too and she
will be missed by nany more than
Bonominis. Sympathy to all.
Alice Petersen
July 17, 2007
My thoughs are with the family. Benet,Bennie Frame
Benet (Bennie) Frame
July 17, 2007
Dear Bob and Donna,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sure that there will many good memories shared as your family gathers. Take care and God Bless.
Dan and Moselle Ball
July 17, 2007
Ken and Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Dan and Marlene Birnie
July 17, 2007
So sad to see Mrs. B. pass on. She was like a second mother to me as I spent alot of time at the Bonomini house as a teenager. My condolences to the entire Bonomini extended family.....she will be greatly missed.
Gary Owens
July 17, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Robert and Christina Seaman
Robert Seaman
July 17, 2007
Susan, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest condolences for your loss.
Debi Clark
July 17, 2007
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