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Bonnie Marisa Bambinelli

March 9, 1955November 30, 2019
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Bonnie Marisa Bambinelli, 64 of Atlanta, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019. She was born in New York, New York the daughter of Barbara Saccagno Doak and the late Bruce Doak. She was the owner of Bambinelli's Italian Restaurant where she was always the gracious hostess who greeted her guest with a big smile and made everyone feel welcomed. She was preceded in death by her father, Bruce Doak, Sr. and her brother, Brian Morris Doak. Survivors include her husband, Marcelo DeSouza Chamoun; her son and daughter-in-law, Joseph (Joey) and Tammy Bambinelli; her mother, Barbara Saccagno Gangemi; her brother, Bruce Doak; and her grandsons, Joey Jr., and Dominic. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Floral Hills Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Pompano Beach, Florida.

  • FAMILY

  • Marcelo DeSouza Chamoun, Husband
  • Joseph Bambinelli (Tammy), Son
  • Barbara Gangemi, Mother
  • Bruce Doak, Brother
  • Joey Bambinelli, Jr., Grandson
  • Dominic Bambinelli, Grandson

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, December 8, 2019

  • Committal Service

    Sunday, December 8, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

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Dana Allen

February 9, 2020

I was shocked when I heard about her passing yesterday! I received an email that the restaurant was closing early due to inclement weather & sent it to my Mom (who lives in GA) who shared the sad news. I was never a "regular" but Bonnie always treated us like we were special & that she was glad we were there. I live in Michigan now but ate there on my last visit. She greeted us warmly and came by our table several times to make sure that everything was good - just like every visit that I can remember. I am truly VERY sad to hear about her sudden passing. Please know that she is fondly remembered by many people in Tucker and far beyond. My condolences to her family and friends.

Bethany and Anthony Lockhart

December 11, 2019

We were on our 2nd year in Atlanta, and we knew coming from Vinings, we wanted to live in the nice residential areas of Chamblee/Tucker. We wanted to pick our new top favorite restaurants, and we became huge fans of their restaurant immediately. I loved how she always welcomed us and remembered us for the little things like remembering my husband's fun Valentine's Tie from over a year ago. She is an amazing spirit, and she will be missed on earth. God bless the family for her loss.

Karen Ratliff

December 9, 2019

She would always greet us with a smile when we came to the restaurant for lunch and made sure that we were treated well. She had the funniest stories and she was just such a joy. Spend even just a few minutes with her and she'd leave a lasting impression. Posting birthday pictures, and personally speaking to all of her customers, you'd soon become her friend. Rest in peace Bonnie. You will be truly missed.

Lucinda Headrick

December 5, 2019

My husband, Curtis, and I moved to Atlanta in 1986 and soon found Bambinelli's Restaurant making it a favorite place to go. Curtis died a couple of years ago and now I really don't like to go out to eat by myself. But one noon time this past year, I decided to just go in to remember Curtis. There was Bonnie, as always, welcoming as always! I told her Curtis had passed away. After my meal came, Bonnie came down the aisle and sat down across from me in the booth. We visited and she was so dear to me. Then when I finished and went to pay, she handed me a small envelope with a gift card inside. Oh dear Bonnie. Just a couple of months ago I took a friend there and Bonnie took our picture then emailed it to us!! I love you Bonnie. Thanks for the many many membories!!!

Peachy Ciraolo

December 5, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your beautiful Mother, Wife, Nonna, Aunt.. I had the pleasure to meet and have a great conversation with Bonnie last year during lunchtime when our Paint Crew was filming the “Mule” next-door to the restaurant. I am the baby of a huge Italian Family from California, here working in Atlanta and Bonnie got a kick outta us, but truly we got a kick outta her.. Being away from family and Italian traditions, it was nice to see her greet ever customer with her infectious smile, and she made me try everything ☺️ Just like a amazing Italian Mother would.. Rest In Peace

John Mcclelland

December 4, 2019

I just heard about her today, and felt like I was gut punched. She was always so nice to us- my wife Lisa and I. She will be sorely missed. She always treated us veterans as if we were special.
God bless her, and her beautiful family.

Tony Goldstein

December 4, 2019

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear
about the passing of Bonnie. I’ve known Bonnie for almost 20 years as she always
made you feel special. My thoughts and
prayers are with the entire Bambinelli family .
Bonnie had a gift for making every person
who walked into her restaurant feel like a million bucks. I will always remember the
Phrase: “ Put Some Italian In Your Mouth ”
May you Rest In Peace,
Tony Goldstein

Rachel Keefe

December 4, 2019

Bonnie and I first met in 1978 while working out at My Fair Lady and instantly became best friends. We've shared so many memories throughout our lives...the opening of the restaurant, the birth of her son, Joey, and so many happy times, tough times, and every thing in between. She was so full of life and always kept me in stitches. She also loved playing match maker! She was married, I wasn't. "You're such a good girl, Rachel," she would say, "you need to get married!" When I met my husband 40 yrs ago, she was relieved of duty! We shared many adventures...one of my favorites was when we were cast as extras for a movie made in Atlanta, "For Ladies Only" which starred the heartthrobs of the time, Gregory Harrison and Marc Singer. It was about a male strip bar! We had a blast. After the filming, we were going to the bar for a drink and ran into Gregory Harrison...Bonnie blurts, "Oh hello, Greg, how are you!" She was an instant hit! And so, there we were, two fairly naive ladies, chatting it up with a couple of the hottest guys on screen. Bonnie was definitely the life of the party and was truly a part of our family. My mother, my sister and my brother, all worked for her at some point in time at the restaurant. Me...I just enjoyed visiting and being her friend. She often would introduce me to her customers as, "This is my best friend, Rachel, we use to dance at the Gold Club!" She never stopped! Eventually she moved next door to my mom and also found a wonderful man whom she loved dearly. She was so happy. I moved up to the mountains 4 years ago and hadn't really been in contact the last couple years like we use to do, but we both loved each other and understood each other. She was genuine, loving, and extremely accepting of people. She was a force of nature and I thought we'd have more time together. My heart and my family's hearts are broken and we're all devastated. Our prayers go to her son and grandchildren and all her family and friends. We love you Bonnie.

Kevin Landry

December 4, 2019

My sincerest condolences to the family. Bonnie greeted you at the door each and everytime as though you were a long time friend. Gone way too soon.....RIP Bonnie......your smile and welcoming way will be missed!! 💔💔💔💔

Mark Byers

December 4, 2019

Bonnie, You were a wonderful person and great friend. I will cherish the memories you helped make so special at Bambinelli's. You always put a smile on my face and made me feel special. I enjoyed our friendship and getting to see pictures of your family that you were so proud of. I can't tell you how many times someone told me they saw my picture on the wall at Bambinelli's. I will never forget you. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Mark Byers

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