Obituary of Alma Bonano
Alma Rosa Bonano-Acosta died August 13, 2022 with her family by her side at St Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Alma was born June 8th, 1938 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to Paulie (Delgado) and Luis (Arturo) Acosta. She married her high school sweetheart Eugenio Bonano on May 18th, 1957 and the two raised a family of six while serving on active duty in the U.S. Army. Eugenio predeceased Alma February 16th, 2020.
After retirement, the two relocated their family to Chicago, Illinois where the younger children completed their education. They moved to Bridport, Vermont in 2001 to be close to their youngest daughter Nanette. In 2017, they made one last move to Wesley Chapel, Florida where Lisette and Jaime had retired.
Alma was passionate about family, church, and education. She was a 4’9” powerhouse who maintained order in a home of six kids encouraging her children to further their education as a means to a better life. Beloved to her many grandchildren to whom she was known as Mama, she could often be heard passing on generational lessons to them. Many tried in vain to get her to write down the recipes for foods the family would wrestle over the extras of to which she would reply “it’s easy, just a little of this and a little of that.” Measuring cups were clearly not a kitchen tool she valued much. Alma was a compassionate person who gave more to charities than she could afford but couldn’t say no to those in need. She was a true friend and, while they were able, she and Eugenio toured the world to maintain friendships formed throughout many years and places while serving in the military. Alma lived a life of conviction and honored her Jesus to the very end.
Alma is survived by her children Eugenio A. Bonano (Susan) of Oswego, Illinois; Lisette Bonano, of Tampa, Florida; Jaime L. Bonano (Sandra) of Wesley Chapel, Florida; Bryant L. Bonano (Sheri) of Cleveland, Ohio; Kenneth D. Bonano (Amy) of Monterey, California; Nanette B. Carpenter (Brian) of Middlebury, Vermont; her sister Ana Luz Acosta Delgado of Ponce, Puerto Rico; 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held on August 19, 2022 at Our Lady of the Rosary, 2348 Collier Pkwy, Land O Lakes, Florida 34639. Mrs. Bonano will be laid to rest beside her husband Eugenio at the Bushnell National Cemetery, 6502 S.W. 102nd Avenue Bushnell, FL 33513. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Alma Bonano, please visit Tribute Store