OBITUARY

Mary M. Dibling

March 27, 1930November 25, 2017

After 87 years of living a grand love story, Mary Margaret Bonifas Dibling was called home to God on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Throughout the course of her life-time, Marge shared her love of God with His people, using her gifts and talents to assist, support, nurse, serve, enrich, intercede, and enhance the lives of all she encountered. She was, first and foremost, a child of God. She was also an accomplished artist who worked in acrylics, watercolors, and oils, an author of 5 published books, an epicurean who deliciously fed the hungry, a gracious hostess and entertainer, a singer, an entrepreneur, a world traveler, a life-long learner, a fashionista, a prayer-warrior, and a collector of people.

Marge was born on March 27, 1930, the fifth of six children born Joseph F. and Armilla Catherine (Etzkorn) Bonifas, who preceded her in death. Her siblings were Marie T. Burns of Lima, Ohio (deceased), Beatrice E. Bohnlein of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Joseph S. Bonifas of Lima, Robert J. Bonifas, who died in infancy, and Thomas A. Bonifas of Lima, Ohio (deceased.)

A graduate of St. Rose High School in Lima, Ohio, Marge went on to complete nurses training at St. Rita’s School of Nursing, becoming a registered nurse in 1948. She worked as a nurse at St. Rita’s Hospital in Lima, in the US Army Hospital at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Marge then took a 26-year hiatus, staying at home and tending to the boo-boos of her four children. She took her Georgia State Boards and returned to nursing in 1981. She then worked at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, GA for two years. She then became a founding partner in Medical Temps, a private duty nursing service that she operated for 11 years. She was active in various in nursing organizations on a local, state and national level. She then became a Certified Case Manager and Nurse Consultant, retiring for the first time at age 70, and the second time at age 72.

On April 26, 1952, Marge married the man of her dreams and the love of her life, Dean R. Dibling in St. Rose Catholic Church in Lima, Ohio. They lived, loved, and laughed together through moves that took them to Ft. Bragg, N.C., Defiance, Ohio, Troy, Ohio, finally landing in what they called “God’s Country” in Marietta, Georgia. Over those years, they welcomed four children, Ann Christine Dibling-West, Anthony D. Dibling, Patricia J. (Sean) Randall, and Julia M. (Paul) Duncan, who brought even more laughter to their lives.

In time they welcomed thirteen grandchildren; Lisa (Christopher) Easterwood, Katy (Michael) Chastain, Wendy (Justin) Pas, Kippy (Tim) Corrigan, Jennifer (Charles) Fleeman, Ashley (Jed) Minyard, Kelsey Randall, Connor Randall, Coleson Randall, Deana (Nicholas) Ham, Mary Margaret (Matthew) Small, Paul (Ellen) Duncan and Bonnie Duncan, who brought even more laughter to their lives and who were each her favorite. Great-grandchildren increased the hilarity exponentially and their numbers continue to grow, with a total of 25, with numbers 26 and 27 coming soon. They, too, are each her favorite.

On October 3, 2002, Marge’s beloved husband of over 50 years, Dean, went to his eternal reward. She has missed him every minute of every day since. She has filled her time serving others in many ministries at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Kennesaw, GA, most recently with the Siena Seniors. She has also provided food for college students at Kennesaw State University Catholic Center. She has waited patiently for God’s good time, and is now happily dancing with her favorite partner in the Presence of the Lord.

The family will receive friends and family at the narthex of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church at 1618 Ben King Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144 at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1st. A Rosary will follow visitation at 3:00 p.m. at St. Catherine’s followed by The Holy Mass of Christian Burial at St, Catherine’s at 4:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Winkenhofer/Pine Ridge Cemetery at 2950 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152. Following the interment, the family invites all family and friends to join them in celebrating Marge’s life at a dinner and dance party to be held at The House at Pine Ridge Cemetery. It was her final wish that we all dance, live, laugh and love!

Flowers may be sent to St. Catherine of Siena or donations may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home at 760 Pollard Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30315. Arrangements under the direction of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, Kennesaw, GA.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 1, 2017

  • Rosary

    Friday, December 1, 2017

  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, December 1, 2017

  • Burial

    Friday, December 1, 2017

  • Reception Following Burial

    Friday, December 1, 2017

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December 1, 2017

We got to hug Marge and speak with her in May on our first trip back to Georgia since moving to Florida five years ago. Our time together in St. Catherine's Traditional Choir with Marge and Dean is filled with great memories, including our Choir Gatherings at the Dibling Home with their wonderful Family! May we all be reunited again in God's Heavenly Kingdom. Love & Prayers, David & Connie Grubbs The Villages, Florida

D. G.

November 29, 2017

"Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted." My sincere condolences for your loss. Matt.5:4

Chuck Jonesboro

November 29, 2017

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your love one Mary. May you find peace and comfort in the God of all comfort.

Judy & David Brinson

November 28, 2017

Dearest family our love and prayers are with each of you.

Lewanda Hardy

November 27, 2017

Marge inspired me to love bigger, give deeper, and be of service whenever possible. Her Christian walk modeled the woman I aspire to be, a spiritual warrior, a dedicated mother, and a tireless friend. Each little deed was thoughtfully finished with her special style and panache. She was a gift, a light, a masterwork. What an honor to be counted among her friends.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY