With a heavy heart we the children announce the sad news of the passing of our family matriarch Dora Lena Bona at the age of 95.
She was born in the Farnams village of Cheshire, Massachusetts on Feb. 2, 1926. Her parents Vittorio Pietro Albertazzi and Maria Elisabetta DelMolino married in 1924 in Postalesio, Italy. Afterwards they came to the USA to join the enclave of relatives, and old friends at the Farnam-Cheshire Lime Co. In September 1930 with the slow times brought on by the Great Depression,her father moved the family to the Van Duesenville section of Great Barrington. There he established the Albertazzi dairy farm and the extended family gathering spot lasting for more than 45 years.
Dora grew up working on the dairy farm along with her three siblings. She often walked to school in Housatonic and later walked to work there at the mill. She met the love of her life on the farm when a young Adamo Antonio Bona came from Postalesio, looking for work. She became a World War II bride with Adamo while he was serving in the US Army as a supply support solider.
After his returned from England using the Army skills, he learned there Adamo went to work for R. E. Allen as an appliance repairman in Lee, Massachusetts. They together established the Bona family residence in South Lee in 1945. Dora raised her family there along with her special neighbors in the close-knit neighborhood. This special friendship lasted her lifetime.
She did not drive until the early 1960’s so the neighbors went shopping together, enjoyed many birthday gatherings or just the famous borrowing of that “cup of sugar”. The Bona family residence was her home for 70 years, until the dreaded day that her health no longer allowed her to drive. The lack of mobility forced her decision to change residence and move to a senior housing apartment in downtown Lee.
She is survived by her sister, her children, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews both here in the USA and back in the Postalesio area of Italy. She was always excited to get the long distance phone calls from her niece in Italy and her nephew and godchild from California.
She was preceded by her parents, her husband, her two brothers, an infant son Edward, her two youngest children Francis and Joanne and her grand-daughter Melissa.
Per her expressed wishes, arrangements were private with burial at the Bona family plot at St. Mary’s cemetery in Lee.
Her early life during the times of the Depression, during WWII, the farm life, and losing an infant child molded our Bona family matriarch. She is now reunited with all her passed loved ones and is at peace.
Donations can be made in her name to the Lee Food Pantry in care of Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main St., Lee, MA 01238.
All that is left to say is her often spoken words “Mama Mia”, “What are you going to do”.
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Lee Food Pantry
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