Mary M. Dibling
March 27, 1930 – November 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.
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