5-7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
2:00 PM on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Mary Jean D’Orazio was born May 7, 1927 in Boscobel, Wisconsin, the daughter of Rudolph P. “Rudy” D’Orazio, an Italian immigrant, and Stella Lengas D’Orazio, who was originally from St Cloud, MN.
Mary graduated from Immaculate Conception school, Boscobel, and from St Mary’s Academy, Prairie du Chien WI. She earned her bachelor’s of science degree in chemistry from Mount Mary College, Milwaukee WI. in 1949. She interned at Charles T. Miller Hospital in St Paul, MN. Mary was a registered medical technologist on the staff of the Milwaukee County General Hospital.
Mary met Maurice Bonemeyer of North Dakota while he was in Milwaukee attending Marquette University Dental school. On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1950, she and Maurice were united in marriage in Boscobel. After Maurice graduated, they moved to North Dakota where Maurice began his dental practice. In 1953 they made their home in Fargo, North Dakota where they raised their five children.
Mary was a devoted wife and mother. Her family was her priority, and she was dedicated in creating a wonderful home for them, full of love, respect, encouragement, strong values, faith, and joy. She was always there for her family.
She loved her life, and enjoyed many activities through the years – cultural events, music, travel, reading, politics, current events, swimming, volunteering, and walking in the surrounding beauty of nature.
She gave time and support to military veterans, political causes, her children’s schools and anyone she saw hurting or in need.
Mary was beautiful inside and out. She had the warmest smile and the most gracious and loving way about her, always. She was strong, intelligent, wise, and knowing. She was the star of her family, our pure Italian sunshine.
Mary entered eternal life September 15, 2012, peacefully and at home with her family, in the house where she and Maurice have lived for 51 years.
Mary is survived by her loving husband Maurice of 62 years and their five children; M. Dana, Mary Susan, Peter, (Sue) David (Thelma) and Gina Mary; and 7 grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents and her brothers John D’Orazio, Rudy “Took” D’Orazio, and Francis Nicholas D’Orazio, in infancy.
Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.