Bena B Arduino

April 25, 1921March 15, 2013
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Bena B. Arduino, formerly of Rockford, departed her earthly life Friday, March 15, 2013, in Dallas Texas. Born, April 25, 1921 to Anthony and Rose (Raimondo) Basile, in Rockford.

Bena lived most of her early life in Madison, Wisconsin, where she attended Central High School, and later went on to marry Anthony Vincent Arduino, on November 15, 1947. She was happiest when she was cooking, knitting, and sewing for anyone she could.

Bena leaves to cherish her loving memory, sons, Paul, Anthony (Joyce), Timothy (Natalie) Arduino; grandchildren, Nicholas, Michael, Matthew Arduino, Kate Van Sickle, Jennifer Purnell, Emmie, and Julia Rose Arduino; and several adorable great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter, Victoria Purnell; and brother, Thomas Basile.

Funeral mass will be at 10a.m. Thursday, March 21 at Holy Family Church 4401 Highcrest Rd Rockford, 61107 . Father Edward Seisser officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, 61115. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be submitted at


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 20, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Gladys Lewis-Miles

March 22, 2013

Tim, Tony and Paul,
Sorry for the loss of Momma Bena. We can all remember the good and happy times from Vincent to Main Street. I'll always remember us running around like crazies when Tony and Joyce got married. Man that was something. We turned Main Street upside down that day. No one will ever make the sausage rolls like her. MMMMMMMM so good. Take care and God bless, so sorry I couldn't be there for her going home service.
Love you all.

March 20, 2013


I hope your heart will soon be filled with loving and wonderful memories of your Mom and may you always be comforted by your family and friends.

Mary {Rinaldo} Grabbert

Mary Ann Manderino

March 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos of your mom. I loved her so, and will miss her greatly. I have such fond memories of her. She always had a ready smile and something good baking in her oven! My sympathy to her sweet family.

Jim Fertig

March 20, 2013

Thanks for sharing the photos of your mom and family. The image of Bena and young Vicki is exactly how I remember her, direct and loving. I am glad to have known her and I am sorry for your loss.

John & Bobbie Jo Purnell

March 20, 2013

Mama Bena - We Love you and there are no words to describe how we will miss you... May you rest in peace...

Nancy Scott

March 20, 2013

Our deepest sympathy. We are missing Bena and are with you in spirit.

Mike Arduino

March 20, 2013

Aunt Bena We Love you and will miss you forever!

Jill Valentine

March 20, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a special lady in my life when I was losing my mom many years ago. I never forgot how wonderful she was to us.
Jill Valentine

King Soopers #73

March 19, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

David Reece

March 19, 2013

Tim & Natalie - I'm so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace and let light perpetual shine upon her.