Catherine Celeste Bonanno

September 28, 1946April 12, 2018

Catherine Celeste Bonanno, 71, of Lavallette, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on April 12, 2018 surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born in the Bronx, NY, to the late Edward and Helen McDonough and was raised in New Milford, NJ. Catherine lived in Northvale, NJ before moving to Lavallette, NJ. She worked for Volvo, Ford and ACB for over 20 years as a marketing representative before retiring. Catherine was a happy and outgoing person who enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. Catherine is survived by the love of her life, husband Richard Bonanno of 45 years of marriage; two sons: Michael and wife Kasia of Toms River and Edward and wife Bridget of MD; three grandchildren: Maximillan, Fryderyk and Easton; sister Mary Anne Lombardi of Paramus; brother Terrence and wife Lorraine McDonough of NY; and many caring extended family members and friends. She was predeceased by her brother Lawrence McDonough. Visitation will be Sunday, April 15, from to 4 – 8PM at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10AM at St. Pio Church, 103 Washington Avenue in Lavallette, NJ. Burial is immediately following at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Serenity Hospice Care, 56 Georgetown Rd., Bordentown, NJ, 08505 in memory of Catherine.


  • Visitation Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, April 16, 2018

Catherine Celeste Bonanno

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Diane McDonough

April 15, 2018

My sister-in-law.... she welcomed me into the family from the first time I met them all. This family is unique, truly ! Cathy never had a harsh word about anyone and was always interested in what was going on in your life. Her brother, Laurence and I moved to TX in 1985 but we maintained our relationship by sharing many wonderful holidays together as well as a few trips for them to TX. I remember when we rented an RV and drove to San Antonio. Along the way we stopped at a petting zoo. We all got little cups of food for the deer but when one of them came near her she threw it and ran. We all had a good laugh over that.
Christmas dinner was always so elegant at her house. The table looked like it was out of a magazine surrounded by so many family members, and Buddy underneath it.
So many great times spent with her and the family and she will be missed by some many wonderful family members and so very many long time friends that were more like family.
Please give your brother a really big hug from me. I love you Cathy.

Jill Friedman

April 13, 2018

I will never forget Kathy. Our group of friends were loyal and wished only the best for each other. She helped raise the bar to set a standard of love and friendship that has carried me through life. I loved her dry sense of humor and appreciation of others. I look back to our teenage years and it is amazing to me how she never complained or drew attention to the extra chores or responsibilities brought on by the death of her mother.
I move to California many years ago but, whenever I had the opportunity to see our old gaggle of girlfriends, it was a joy to be with Kathy again. I was so glad she found a wonderful husband to share so many years together.
She will be missed by many who love her - but we were all blessed to have her in our lives.
My condolences to her Family.