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Samuel J. Bonita

January 3, 2009

Samuel J. Bonita, 87, of Tripp Street, West Wyoming, and a current resident of Highland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Exeter, died Saturday morning.

Born in Pittston, he was a son of the late Sabato and Marianina Centrella Bonita. He attended the Pittston schools. Mr. Bonita was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II, receiving two Bronze Stars while serving in the European, African and Middle Eastern campaigns.

For many years he was employed with the railroad. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Biscontini Warehouse as a truck driver. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, West Wyoming, and the Teamsters Local Union, 401, Wilkes-Barre.

Mr. Bonita was an avid outdoorsman, loving to fish and garden. He was also a self-taught carpenter, building his own home.

He was preceded in death by a son, Samuel; several brothers; and sisters.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Grace Grinzi; son, Joseph and his wife, Carol, Harding; daughter, Maryann Severino and her husband, Daniel, Rio, N.Y.; a granddaughter, Jennifer; sisters, Anita Wagner, Dallas; Evelyn Castellino, Boston, Mass.; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, West Wyoming.

Interment will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call Monday, 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Highland Manor Resident Council, 750 Schooley Avenue, Exeter, PA. 18643.

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