Jeannine Ida Mae Ruth Bonfiglio, 85, of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020.
Jeannine was born on October 24, 1935, in La Porte, Indiana, to the late Edgar and Hildred (Gruber) Ulrick.
In addition to her parents, Jeannine was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Bud” Bonfiglio, who passed away on October 11, 2020; her daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” McCartney; her brother, Edgar "Ed" Gruber; and her sister and husband, Patricia and Jim Burkholder.
Jeannine graduated from Lima Central High School, Lima, Ohio, where she was an athlete and a cheerleader. She was recognized by the Girls Athletic Association at Lima Central as the Outstanding Female Athlete in 1953.
Jeannine and her husband, Bud, moved to Greenville, Ohio in 1955 and became part of the Greenville community. While in Greenville, they raised 4 children who graduated from Greenville High School, was a tutor to students within Greenville Schools and was part of the Greenville Athletic Association Boosters, and served as the first and only female president of the GAA boosters. Jeannine was also a Cub Scout Den Mother and volunteered her time at many school and community events. She not only enjoyed being an athlete but also enjoyed attending as many sporting events as possible. Jeannine was always seen with a smile on her face, especially when she was generously giving her time to others. She supported her husband's profession including working at Bonfiglio Pharmacy.
Jeannine had a lifelong love of knowledge, reading and history. She loved to travel and she was able to accomplish her goal of visiting all 50 states, with Bud, when they visited Alaska in 2012. She was a wonderful homemaker and mother and took great pride in her home and yard and also enjoyed playing tennis to keep active. She especially loved making spaghetti for large family gatherings.
Jeannine attributed her strong will and determination to her grandmother, Mae Gruber, who raised her after she lost her mother at an early age. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and all their accomplishments. She loved them dearly and loved the time she was able to spend with them.
Jeannine and Bud moved back to their home town of Lima, Ohio, in 1999 to spend their retirement years with friends and family.
They were devout Catholics and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, St. Charles Catholic Church in Lima, and Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Murrysville over the years.
Jeannine is survived by her children, Dr. Richard “Rick” Bonfiglio and wife, Karen, of Murrysville, Dr. Randall "Randy" Bonfiglio and wife, Melanie, of Murrysville, and Dr. Ron Bonfiglio and wife, Patty, of Lima; her son-in-law, Jim McCartney of Fort Myers, Florida; her 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; her sister-in-law and lifelong friend, Joan Gruber of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 233 W. 3rd Street, Greenville, Ohio, with Father David Doseck officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Union Cemetery.
Per the family’s request, masks will be required, and social distancing will be expected of those who are attending Jeannine’s services.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation.
The family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes with the final arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be given to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio, 45331, or the Cancer Association of Darke County, P.O. Box 781, Greenville, Ohio 45331.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.