Rena Bonapart, of New Hartford, and most recently of the Martin Luther Home of Clinton, passed away on February 20, 2007 at the home with her loving family by her side. She was born in Utica, on October 25,1921 the daughter of the late Fortunato and Maria Primus . She was of the Protestant faith. Rena graduated from Proctor High School and attended Utica School of Commerce and Utica College. She was a graduate of St. Elizabeth's School of Nursing and was employed by St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Later, she was employed by Dr. Herbert Heintz. Rena was the hostess for the Italiannaires Program with WIBX for over ten years. In addition to her impeccable Italian, she also spoke several other languages. Throughout her life, everyone had kind and loving words for and about Rena. She married Allen F. Bonapart in 1955. They had a perfect marriage for 51 years. Rena is survived by her beloved husband, Allen of New Hartford; and two daughters, Beth Bennett, her husband, Herb, and their daughter, Jill Bennett and fiance, Jeff Glod, Wendy Short and her husband, Rick, and their sons, Allen and Andre', all of Whitesboro. Rena's family would like to thank Dr. Ulahannan and the staff at the Lutheran Home for their wonderful care given to Rena. Calling hours for Rena will be at the Surridge & Roberts Funeral Home, 470 French Road, Utica, on Sunday from 4 until 7, with the funeral to follow at 7 p.m. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.
Dear Al and Family:
I am so sorry for your loss --I send my deepest sympathy. I worked with Al for several years at WTLB/WRCK as a copywriter --and I always remember how fondly he spoke of Rena. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Al, Wendy, Beth and families, Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Al & I are living in South Carolina now but often speak of the wonderful people and good times we had with all of you. God bless you all in this difficult time. God has received another angel.
To the entire Bonapart family, condolences and sympathy wishes are just not words enough to speak of this wonderful woman. She touched our lives in a very warm and most positive way. Your loss is our loss as we embrace the family in our thoughts and Rena in our most pleasant memories always.