Nellie Louise Boenzi

September 20, 1926February 10, 2021

Nellie Louise Boenzi (Bryant) died on February 10, 2021 in Lancaster, CA. She was 94.

Mrs. Boenzi was born on September 26, 1926 in Ashburn, GA to her parents, John Mitchell Bryant and Minnie Lee Bryant (Roland). She was the first born of three children. When Louise was only about 7 years old, her mother died during childbirth of her fourth child. Louise's father, John eventually remarried and for a period of time Louise lived with her Grandmother "Granny Lou", her Aunt Gertrude, and her Aunt Bessie.

Years later during World War II, Louise was working in the Officers Club at Fort Hunter Army Air Base in Savanna Georgia, that’s when she met Dominic Boenzi II, who was stationed there. They met at a 4th of July USO Dance in 1943. After a courtship they married on August 10th 1944 right there in Savanna Georgia. After the war was over, they moved to Chicago, IL, Dominic’s home town. They had two children, Dominic III, and Gary Steven. In 1955, Nellie was getting homesick for her family back in Georgia, so they relocated to Sycamore, GA. In 1960 they relocated once again, this time to Southern California.

She always enjoyed taking her art classes and painting, and singing with her Senior Center choir.

Nellie is survived by her two sons Dominic Boenzi III & his wife Barbara Jean (Oliver), and Gary Steven Boenzi, and her Grandchildren, April Louise, Anthony Steven, Joseph Dominic, and Nicholas Scott, and eight Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by her half-sisters and brothers, Elizabeth Harrell (Bryant), Frances Wilkey (Bryant), Jimmy Bryant, Johnny Bryant & Linda Allen (Bryant). She is preceded in death by her husband, Dominic, her father & mother, John Mitchell and Minnie Lee Bryant (Roland), her step mother Minnie C. Bryant (Britt), and her brother’s Bobby C. Bryant, and Marvin J. Bryant.


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Jill Faulkenberry-Maxwell

February 20, 2021

My parents , Gene and Peggy Faulkenberry moved next door to The Boenzi’s around 1961, and continued being neighbor's on Grevillea in Lennox CA for 10 yrs. My parents and Dom and Louise were close , as my dad was a greyhound bus driver and Dom was a bus driver for LA transit !!! They loved talking about buses !!! Mom would go over often and the gals would visit over coffee . I’d tag along and play with Happy the dog . Mom and I would stop at Louises coffee shop for pie . She was awesome! It was such a different world back then ! Gary and Dom jr always had friends and cars in their driveway , which was fascinating to me as I was younger . I just remember they, as their folks , would always talk to me and not treat me like a pest . When we had out of town visitors Dom would often pile us all in his car at night and we’d sit on Sepulveda Blvd by LAX and have a great view of the jets landing . At holidays we were invited to noisy happy Italian feasts . We went to the boys HS grads and Dom and Barbara’s wedding . When we moved north in 1973, they’d come and visit in Paso Robles and we’d stop in to see them in Woodland Hills (Little did I know my future husband was living less than a mile from their house !!! ). As years progressed they kept in touch through calls and Christmas cards . I will never forget how beautiful Louises red hair was , how Dom smoked cigars and just how friendly they were and welcoming you felt around them . Thanks for all the memories ... God now has the 4 of you and I can imagine your friendship is continuing !
Prayers to you Dom , Gary and family ❤️ Love Jill