Eleanor Sylvia Bonas

February 4, 1933July 4, 2011

Eleanor (Sylvia) Bonas, 78, of Dartmouth, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2011 at the Sacred Heart Home surrounded by her loving husband, children and grandchildren. She was the wife of Louis Bonas with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Frank and Nazareth (Marques) Sylvia, she was a lifelong resident of Dartmouth, a graduate of Dartmouth High School and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. Mrs. Bonas worked as a purchasing agent for Morse Twist Drill in New Bedford for over 40 years until her retirement. She enjoyed browsing yard sales and spending time with her loving family. Surviving in addition to her husband is a daughter, Jane Shea and her husband Justin of Lakeville; a son, Robert Bonas of Dartmouth; grandchildren, Krystal and Andrew Cabral and Ashley Bonas; great-grandchildren, Kaylin Cabral and R.J. Bonas; a brother, Frank Sylvia, Jr. of New Bedford; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Edwin, Arthur and Dolores Sylvia and Philomena Perry. Her Funeral will be held on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9am from the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth followed by a Funeral Mass at 10am in St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St., Dartmouth. Visiting hours Thursday 5-8pm. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fall River. For online tributes and directions:



  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 8, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, July 7, 2011


  • Burial

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Ed Silva

July 26, 2011

Dear Lou,
To you and your children, Jane and Bob, please accept my deepest sympathy in Eleanor's passing. I am so sorry to have read this ,only today July 26th ,after being away on vacation since the end of June and returning to read of her passing in a back issue of the newspaper .Eleanor was always special to me ,always had a smile for me when we would meet. She always showed me kindness as a child growing up and in my adult life whenever we would see each other.Although it has been awhile since we last saw each other,I often would think of her and you,Lou. My prayers and sympathy are with you at this time.
Sincerely Ed Silva Jr.-cousin

Patty Mendonca

July 13, 2011

Dear Mr. B, Jane, Bob, Krystal, Andrew. & Ashley...

We were so sorry to hear of Miss Ellie's passing. Our deepest and sincere condolences are extended to you.
Miss Ellie is in our prayers and we will always remember her as a kind, gentle and caring soul.
Love, Patty & Paul Mendonca

Michael McCoy

July 7, 2011

Uncle Louie, Jane, and Bobby my deepest sympathies to you and your families. Auntie Ellie will be missed.

Shawn McDonald

July 7, 2011

Louie and family;

I am deeply saddened at the news of the passing of Eleanor/Mom this week. It also saddens me that I will be unable to pay my respects in person or attend services. What can one say at a time like this? What I can say is that Eleanor was kind and gentle and always had a smile when we saw each other. A wonderful person, devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother. I feel blessed to have known her and will keep her in my prayers. God Bless you Louie and your family.

Jada Souza

July 7, 2011

Even though I hardly got to know my Great-Great Aunt, it still saddens me to see another wonderful family member leave us. Rest In Peace, Auntie Ellie. I love you. You will forever remain in my heart. Love, Jada XOXO

Ashley Bonas

July 6, 2011

My Grandma had so many fine qualities of which I will name a few,
she had a generous caring nature and a loving heart too.

My Grandma always saw the good in everyone,
no matter what they had done, a bad word she would speak of no one.

My Grandma will always be there for me no matter where she is,
she was a best friend who shared with me a special bond.

Gram the last time I saw you, you recognized me not,
but in my heart I hope you have not forget.

Gram I wish you were here to see my son grow up with all his smiles,
if you were, I know you'd go that extra mile.

Gram as we all say our goodbyes, tears are falling from my eyes,
and how my heart hurts so.

Gram you will always be in our memories and hearts,
so Grandma remember how much we love you so and that you are one of a kind.

Love always your granddaughter,

Deb Souza

July 6, 2011

Uncle Louie,Jane,Bob and children......
In loving memory of Auntie Ellie. She was a very special person. We will love and miss her always. Our deepest sympathy to you during this sad time. Love,Debbie,Dan,Tim,Jada,& little Tim

Krystal Cabral

July 6, 2011

Gram words can't express how truly sad I am that you won't be here with us anymore. I love you so much. I will never forget everything that you did for me throughout my whole life.I honestly believe that if it wasn't for you I would not be the women I am today. Not only have you affected my life but you lightened up everyones day with your beautiful smile. Like I promised you we will take good care of pa so no worries. You are my angel. I love and miss you.
Love your granddaughter,

Linda McCoy-McCabe

July 6, 2011

Uncle Louie,Jane,Bobby & extended family,my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will always remember the good times and her bright smile which could light up a room. I will miss her.