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Joanne Frances Bonessi

April 6, 1937 — September 14, 2022

Joanne Frances Bonessi, age 85, of Mt. Lebanon, died on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. She was born in McKeesport on April 6, 1937 and is the daughter of the late Joseph Paul and Estelle Cougan Farrell and was the wife of the late Dr. James Vincent Bonessi, who died on February 28, 2018. She was a graduate of McKeesport High School and of the Catholic University of America.

A beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, she is survived by her children, James (Alaina Brooks) Bonessi of Sarasota, FL; J. Paul (Nelee Sim) Bonessi of Brooklyn, NY; Lynne (John) Martinelli of Upper St. Clair; grandchildren, Michael Martinelli; Jaclyn Martinelli, Oscar James “Ozzie” Bonessi; and siblings, Dr. J. Paul “Buzzy” (Madina Gerasimov, MD) Farrell of Glen Cove, NY; Dr. Michael Patrick (Dr. Madeline Schmitt) Farrell of Rochester, NY; Gail (Frank) Farrell Moyes of Boulder, CO; C. Timothy Farrell of Merritt Island, FL; Theresa (the late Ian D.) Farrell Rosenberg of Mt. Lebanon; and Cindy (Bruce) Farrell Lichtenstein of Ashland, MA.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Attorney J. Terrence Farrell.

Family and friends will gather on Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 19, 2022 a 10:00 a.m. at Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Angela Merici Church, 1640 Fawcett Avenue, White Oak, PA 15131. Burial will follow.

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

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Strifflers of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services, Inc.

1640 Fawcett Ave, White Oak, PA 15131

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