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Bernice (Grower) Bonchi

September 17, 1931 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Bernice Bonchi Obituary

Bernice (Bunnie) Bonchi, 92, formerly of Longmeadow, MA, passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 7, 2024, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

She leaves to cherish her memory, daughters Jan (David) Cooper of Scottsdale, AZ, and Susan Bonchi of Newton, MA; sister, Joanne Blume, of Marina del Rey, CA; grandson, Michael (Ashley) Cooper of Redondo Beach, CA; granddaughter Jillian (Bruce) Issadore of Hingham, MA; great grandchildren, Clark and Norah Cooper, and nephew Jared (Renee) Blume of Santa Monica, CA. She was predeceased by her beloved niece, Meredith Blume, and her brother-in-law, Daniel Blume.

Daughter of the late Dr. Julius H. and Minnie S. Grower, Bernice was born and raised in Middletown, CT where she treasured her childhood spent with her extended Shapiro family. She was a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

Bernice had an active career in sales, first in the health field and later in advertising. She used her sales talents as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, successfully soliciting donations for annual fundraisers.  A breast cancer survivor, she also volunteered with the Cancer Society’s Reach for Recovery program, assisting others following their surgeries.

In retirement, Bernice enjoyed playing Mahjong with her friends at the Enfield Senior Center, volunteering at Enfield’s Food Shelf, cruising and visiting with friends and family across the country.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, January 14 at 11:00 AM in Adath Israel Cemetery 714 Pine Street, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Congregational Adath Israel Museum Fund, PO Box 337, Middletown, CT 06457 or to a charity of your choice. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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Graveside Service
January 14, 2024

11:00 AM
Adath Israel Cemetery
714 Pine Street
Middletown, CT 06457


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