Mary Katherine Bonavia

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Mary Katherine Bonavia

Mary K. “Meow” Bonavia, 41, of Rockford, died unexpectedly on November 13, 2020 at her home. Born in Rockford on May 8, 1979, she was the youngest child and only daughter of Peter D. & Phyllis A. (Lane) Bonavia. Mary grew up in Rockford and graduated from Guilford High School, Class of 1997. Following high school graduation, Mary attended Northern Illinois University earning her BA in Communications. Survivors include her parents, Peter and Phyllis Bonavia of Rockford; 3 brothers, Peter (Sarah) Bonavia of Pineville, NC, David Bonavia (Lisa Daugherty) of Loves Park, IL and Dan Bonavia of Minocqua, WI; uncle, Don Bonavia of Loves Park, IL; aunt, Mary Lane and cousins, Erin and John Lane all of St. Paul, MN. Mary was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents; partner, Justin Fox; uncle, Tom Lane and cousin, Brian Lane. Mary enjoyed the simple things in life. She loved her home, cats, making people laugh and helping others. We have so many cherished memories over the past 41 years that will remain in our minds and hearts forever. Growing up with 3 older brothers meant never a dull moment. To survive she had to know a lot about sports. She loved the Cubs and Bears and enjoyed watching them. Mary’s quick wit and dry sense of humor will be remembered by those who knew her. Mary was a unique individual that cared immensely about other people. The past seven years she loved her “dream job” at Rosecrance working in many different capacities and had a deep affection and respect for all of her co-workers and clients. Mary earned her CADC certification and was a Recovery Coach. During her 13 years of recovery she thrived on helping others that were struggling with addiction issues. She loved cats, especially her cat, Dolce. Many people knew Mary as “Meow” which is how she greeted everyone. I am sure many didn’t know her real name but would refer to her as “Meow”. We believe that she did this to put people at ease and break down barriers to make communication easier. It worked for her. Mary made a difference in many people’s lives and they made a difference in hers. We are so proud of her and the contributions she made to our community. She knew how much we loved her, and we knew how much she loved us. MEOW! Due to Covid19, a walk-thru visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61108. All those in attendance must wear masks and follow social distancing requirements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family which will be used to establish a special memorial in Mary’s name at Rosecrance. Share online condolence or memories at www.fitzgeraldfh.com
May 8, 1979 - November 13, 202005/08/197911/13/2020
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Mujtaba Ahmed

November 20, 2020

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Mary Katherine Bonavia has been arranged by Mujtaba Ahmed. Planted in Kirtland Habitat Restoration MI. Plant a tree
My deepest condolences to the Bonavia family. Mary was a blessing to so many. You will always have a special place in my heart. Love, Muj.
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Mona Radwan

November 19, 2020

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Mary Katherine Bonavia has been arranged by Mona Radwan. Planted in Kirtland Habitat Restoration MI. Plant a tree
I am so very sorry for your loss. No words can begin to heal this pain or sorrow. I will be praying for you all and am sending you my deepest sympathy
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Tess

November 19, 2020

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Mary Katherine Bonavia has been arranged by Tess. Planted in Kirtland Habitat Restoration MI. Plant a tree
Thank you for being a friend and an advocate for recovery.
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jeff thomas

November 19, 2020

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Mary Katherine Bonavia has been arranged by jeff thomas. Planted in Kirtland Habitat Restoration MI. Plant a tree
love from your old friends dad and hope and peace to your parents
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Tribute Store

November 18, 2020

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Mary Katherine Bonavia has been arranged by Tribute Store. Planted in Kirtland Habitat Restoration MI. Plant a tree
Your humor and love will forever be missed. Meow Meow just for now til we see each other again. Love you always and forever.
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Becky & Ethan Spiezer

November 18, 2020

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Mary Katherine Bonavia has been arranged by Becky & Ethan Spiezer. Planted in Kirtland Habitat Restoration MI. Plant a tree
I would give anything for one more cup of coffee with you! You made dark times brighter...selfless in your love. Fly high sweet angel.

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