Jennie Bonina, 97, of Marlborough

Marlborough – Jennie (Colecchi) Bonina, 97, died July 20, 2018. Her husband of 68 years, Biagio “John” Bonina, passed away in 2011.

Surviving family members include her daughters, Patricia Barry Roache of Grafton, Roberta Gaucher of Shrewsbury, and Nancy (Gil) Boisvert of Falmouth; her grandchildren, Ray Boisvert, Lisa Boisvert, John (Sue) Boisvert, Rick (Nadine) Barry, Mary (Greg) Lehy, Jennifer (Eddie) Dolan, Michelle Davis, Tony Boisvert, and Danielle Gaucher; her six cherished great-grandchildren, Danielle, John, Brandon, Jake, Emily and Jack. Her sister Olga Pochesci of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Peter and Hugo Colecchi; a sister, Mary Trombetta; grandson, Gilbert Boisvert; son-in-law, Wayne Roach; and grandson-in-law, Tim Davis.

Jennie was born in Italy, and was the daughter of the late Michele and Immaculate (Ricci) Colecchi. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1921, settling in Leominster where she was raised. After her marriage she moved to Marlborough to raise her daughters.

Jennie worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Arthur’s Department Store in Hudson until her retirement at 70 years old.

She was a member of St. Bernadette Church and belonged to St. Ann’s Church in Marlborough for many years until its closing. She loved to knit children sweaters, which she donated to the Church during the Christmas season and enjoyed playing bingo.

Our mother was a giving and loving, strong Italian woman who cherished her family and showed love and kindness to everyone. She relished every opportunity she had with her family and adored the never-ending hugs from her great-grandchildren. The love mom gave her family cannot be measured, we were her life and she was our “Rock”. We love you Mom and her reply would always be “I love you more.”

A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, July 25, at 11 a.m., in Saint Bernadette’s Church, 266 Main St., Northborough. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Marlborough. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday morning from 9-10:30 a.m. at the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home (www.shortfuneral.com), 95 West Main St. Marlborough.

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