Madeline Bonitatibus, 99

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Marlborough – Madeline (Damico) Bonitatibus, 99, died Saturday, Nov.12, 2011, surrounded by her loving family, at the Ichabod Washburn Hospice Resident in Worcester after an illness. She was the wife of 74 years of the late John Bonitatibus, who died in 2006. They were married Nov.26, 1931.

She leaves her daughter-in-law, Rose Marie Bonitatibus of Indialantic, Fla.; four grandchildren, Gary J. Bonitatibus of New Boston, N.H., Paul E. Bonitatibus of Marlborough, Joseph C. Bonitatibus of West Dennis and Susanne T. Bonitatibus of West Dennis; a sister, Rose Marinelli, of Richland,Wa. She also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was the mother of the late John Bonitatibus Jr.

Mrs. Bonitatibus was the oldest of nine siblings and her sister, Rose, was the youngest. She was born in Milford, daughter of Cresenzo and Sarah (Colbert) Damico, and had lived in Marlborough for most of her life. She attended Marlborough High School and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

She was employed for many years as a fancy leather shoe stitcher in many of the shoe manufacturing companies in Marlborough. She was a former member of the Catholic Newman Womens Club and the Holy Rosary Sodality, and was a longtime poll worker during election time. In addition, she a member and a worker for the Democratic Party, both city and nationally. During World War II, she and some other ladies in Marlborough formed the Marlborough Sewing Club.

She and her late husband, John, were honored as grand marshalls of the Labor Day Parade. She also enjoyed playing bingo.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Nov.17, at 11 a.m., in the Immaculate Conception Church, ll Prospect St., Marlborough. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Calling hours will be held prior to Mass, from 10 to 11 a.m., in the John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main St., Marlborough.

Those who wish, may make memorial donations to the Our Danny Cancer Fund, UMass Foundation, P.O. Box 2795, Worcester, MA 01613.