Patricia Bonanno

Obituary of Patricia Bonanno

Patricia “Pat” (Thomson) Bonanno, age 81, died peacefully on January 12, 2019, after a long battle with Lewy Body dementia. Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, she was the daughter of William H. and Rose (Greco) Thomson. She graduated from Hillsborough high school and the University of Tampa. After marrying the love of her life, she moved across the bridge to St. Petersburg, Florida where she taught in Pinellas County schools. She became interested in childhood development and earned her master's degree in counseling from USF. Continuing her interest, she earned a master's degree in psychology also at USF, and practiced as a school psychologist in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Pat lived in Nagano, Japan for 1 1/2 years where she taught English as part of an exchange program with Pinellas County schools and Nagano Prefecture. After retiring from her career in education, Pat was a Romance Writer and a Real Estate agent for Keller - Williams and then Smith & Company. She was a member of St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and an active member of the St. Petersburg Women's Club and served on the board and was a past president. She loved fast cars and owned a number of Firebirds, most recently a Trans Am. She was an avid skier and spent many vacations in New Hampshire at her favorite resort, The Balsams, Dixville Notch, NH. She will be remembered as an adventurer and a gift giver extraordinaire. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Henry J. Bonanno; and daughter Karen J. Bonanno. She is survived by her dog Teddy, cat Sandy, daughter Barbara Bonanno (Sara Crawley), St. Petersburg; grandchildren Quinn and Spencer Bonanno-Crawley, St. Petersburg; sisters Louise Thomson, Melbourne, Florida; Sylvia "Cookie" Gardner, Tampa, Florida; nieces Chris Regalado and Suzanne Gardner Ankers, and nephew Edward Gardner, all of Tampa, Florida; exchange daughter Irmhild "Nicky" Huhnert; and Japanese family the Obinata's of Nagano, Japan. A Gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 1-2pm with a Memorial Service to immediately follow at Anderson-McQueen, 2201 MLK Street N, St. Petersburg. A Memorial Mass will also be held at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral, 5815 5th Ave. North, Saint Petersburg Florida 33710, on Friday, January 25th at 1pm. Donations can be made to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research.

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Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Anderson-McQueen NESP
2201 Dr MLK Street N
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States

Memorial Mass

1:00 pm
Friday, January 25, 2019
St. Jude The Apostle Cathedral
5815 5th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
(727) 347-9702
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