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Frank A. Bonavitacola

Frank A. Bonavitacola

June 3, 1933 - February 23, 2020

Frank A. Bonavitacola, Sr, 86, of Colonia, NJ, passed away peacefully at Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center on Sunday, February 23, 2020. <br /> Frank was born to Carmela (Sena) and Antonio Bonavitacola On June 3, 1933 in Bisaccia, Italy. He and his family emigrated to the United States in 1946 where they settled in Elizabeth, NJ. He lived in Elizabeth for 52 years before moving to Colonia in 1998. <br /> <br /> Frank served his country in the US Army, 101st Airborne Division during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. <br /> <br /> Frank met his wife, Doris (Lappino), in 1956. They were married on June 1, 1957 in Elizabeth, NJ. Together they raised 4 children: Anthony, Robert, Frank, Jr, and Mary Ann. <br /> <br /> Frank worked as a tool and dye maker for the Singer Corporation for 25 years and later as a Master Carpenter for JFK Medical Center for 10 years, before retiring in 1995. <br /> <br /> Frank was a devoted family man who enjoyed weekend trips to Atlantic City, dining out with friends, and spending time with his family. <br /> Frank knew everyone and everyone knew Frank. He always greeted you with a smile and a friendly word. His laugh was infectious and his family was his life. He enjoyed backyard barbecues, Saturday night dinners at Snuffy's, Sunday dinners with Macaroni and homemade Gravy, going to the Center in Elizabeth to meet up with friends during the week, and a good Manhattan. <br /> <br /> Frank was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerry Bonavitacola. <br /> <br /> Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Doris, 3 devoted sons: Anthony and his wife Becky, Robert and his wife Claudia, and Frank Jr and his wife Donna, and a daughter Mary Ann; 6 loving Grandchildren: Meghan Skrupskis, Breanne Skrupskis, Frank Bonavitacola and his wife Susie, Geanna Trelease and her husband Brian, Julia Bonavitacola, and Lauren Bonavitacola and 4 Great Grandchildren: Logan and Liam Bonavitacola, and Maggie and Benjamin Trelease. He is also survived by a sister, Lucy Mariani. <br /> <br /> Arrangements are being handled by Petruccelli Funeral Home. Viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 232 Christine Street, Elizabeth, NJ. <br /> A Funeral mass will be offered Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 10:30 am St Anthony of Padua Church, 853 3rd Ave, Elizabeth, NJ. <br /> Entombment Rosedale Cemetery, 350 E Linden Ave, Linden, NJ. <br /> <br /> In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Down Syndrome Society @, the American Heart Association @ www.heart. Org, or the National Kidney Foundation @ To share condolences online, visit Frank's obituary on

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Petruccelli Funeral Home

232 Christine St, Elizabeth, NJ,

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    Written in the Stars was purchased for the family of Frank A. Bonavitacola by The Corvelli Family.  Send flowers
    The Corvelli Family Feb 26, 2020
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    Tribute Store Feb 25, 2020
    Frank always brightened my mornings when we would exchange a hello. I loved helping Frank when I could and hearing all of his words of wisdom. I will definitely miss him, especially when I come back to Colonia to visit family
    Daniel Anner Feb 25, 2020
    I will always remember Frank as a kind hearted devoted man who had a smile for everyone and literally KNEW everyone!! They don’t make them like this anymore. He was a family man first, husband, father and friend. I still cannot believe that he is gone. His personality was so big....I don’t thinks his light could ever go out. Rest In Peace. You will be missed beyond measure.
    Carol Genco Feb 24, 2020