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Rosella Faye Riddlebarger Bonzo, 91, of Ironton, Ohio passed away, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Crystal Care in Franklin Furnace, Ohio. Mrs. Bonzo was born March 14, 1925, a daughter to the late Clarence and Biance (Stratton) Riddlebarger.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, David Keith Bonzo; a brother, Howard Lee Riddlebarger; and a grandson, Joshua Keith Bonzo.
Mrs. Bonzo was a graduate of Lucasville Valley High School. Rosella went on to complete a business course and did office work for six years prior to her marriage. She worked as a table inspector of airplane parts in a defense plant in Springfield, Ohio during World War II. She was a homemaker and worked with her husband on their farm. Rosella was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Albert Bonzo, whom she married August 28, 1948; a son, Randall (Linda) Bonzo of Portage, Mich.; a daughter, Shawna Bowen of Ironton, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Aida Bonzo of Pedro, Ohio; four sisters, Ruth Buchannan of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thelma Keyes of Fort Myers, Fla., Donna Dalton of Pasadena, Texas and Jeannie Sims of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Riddlebarger of Portsmouth, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Melissa Bonzo of Pedro, Jessica (Ron) Miller of Wheelersburg, Kendra Staten of Boston, Mass., Sarah Rose Bonzo of Portage, Mich., John Michael Bowen of Ironton, Kayla Bonzo of Columbus, Ohio, Keith Bonzo of Charlottesville, Va.., and Rebecca (Carl) Bingham of Chicago, Ill.; seven great-grandchildren;
And a host of nieces and nephews, who will mourn her passing
Funeral services will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home in Ironton, Ohio with The Rev. Calvin Evans officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Franklin Furnace, Ohio.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to tracybrammerfh.com.
Published on February 4, 2017
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