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Mary Jean Bonemeyer

May 07, 1927 - September 15, 2012


5-7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

2:00 PM on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Mary Jean Bonemeyer

May 07, 1927 - September 15, 2012


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.


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  1. Colleen (Dwyer) Tuff says:

    Omaha neMary and Family I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom, please know that my prayers are with you!!!!

  2. Kathleen anf Maurice Godon says:

    Fargo ND
    Our sorrow joins yours, dear neighbors. We would visit with Mary Jean whenever we would meet her on our daily walks in the neighborhood. She was so full of joy, and she was so interesting in conversation. She always spoke well of her friends and relatives in and around Boscobel, WI. We also have relatives in that area.

  3. Jackie and Hal Rosenheim says:

    Fargo ND
    Maurice and family. We want to express our deepest sympathy on the passing of your wife and mother. Maurice, we did not know your Mary, but through you know what a great person she was. May she rest in peace and watch over all of you until you join her forever in Heaven. With Respect, Hal and Jackie Rosenheim.

  4. Myron H. Bright says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Maurice and Family,
    I was surprised and saddened to learn that your wife Mary Jean had died. She was a lovely woman and I considered her a good friend. I always enjoyed our meetings together. I know the loss is great but you have wonderful memories for consolation.

    I haven’t seen you for quite a while. I hope all is well with you. I greet you and members of your family. Please accept my condolences on the loss of a very wonderful woman. One of these days give me a call and let’s get together for lunch or a conversation.

  5. Kevin Korsmo says:

    Spokane WAOur thoughts are with you in this time of loss. Know that your efforts throughout Mary’s final struggles magnificently demonstrated your love for her.

  6. JAMES ZIEMBA says:

    I was sorry to hear about Mary’s death.

  7. Joe D'Orazio says:

    Middleton WISo sorry to hear Uncle Maurice and family,
    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Steve D'Orazio says:

    Oregon WIUncle Maurice and family,
    Aunt Mary Jean will be in my prayers,I know Dad was there to greet her as well as John and grandma and grandpa.
    I sorry that I will not be able to attend but will be praying for your family.

  9. Julie Kading (D'Orazio) says:

    Madison WIOur Sympathy for your loss. Rest in peace Aunt Mary Jean.

  10. John T. Korsmo says:

    Mary was a great lady. The community will truly miss her.

  11. Mary Tallman says:

    Chicago ILI was so saddened to hear of Mary’s death. It was always so nice to see and chat with Mary and Dr. Bonemeyer on my trips to Fargo. They are very long time friends and the world is a poorer place for Mary’s passing My sincerest sympathies to a her family from me all of the Tallmans

  12. Kathleen M. Bennett says:

    Fargo ND
    Maurice & family, I met you during daily Mass 1210PM at Sts. Anne & Joachim this summer. What a great man you are & I enjoyed so much hearing of your family.
    Thoughts/PRAYERS are with you all now in your loss of Mary Jean. God Bless you, Maurice and the rest of your family. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

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