Our hearts are saddened as we share the loss of our loved one. Born November 5, 1934, in the home of his parents, the late John C. and Angela Costanzo Bongiovanni, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, John died Friday, November 9, 2012, Dallas, Texas. John graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC. A polyglot and an international marketing executive, his work carried him around the world. He enjoyed his work, meeting people of different cultures. His talents were used by Moen/Dearborn Brass, Cerro Copper and Brass, Koppers, and the Deming Pump Co. A family man, he was happily married to his wife for 56 years. Their five children graduated from esteemed universities and are happily married, living throughout the US, Canada and the United Kingdom. As a man of great faith, his devotion to the Catholic Church began at Mt. St. Peters Church in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, which his father and grandfathers helped to build. He served the Catholic Church for over 60 years as a lector, four years in the seminary (Josephinum) and leadership positions in several parishes. His passion was bee-keeping and honey making. When not being chased and stung he enjoyed, fly fishing for the elusive “big one”, swatting tennis balls and sailing into still winds. He loved the art of cooking; keeping alive the Italian culinary traditions he grew up with. He researched and wrote a family history as well as his memoire. A voracious reader, he particularly enjoyed books on history and culture.
He is survived by his wife Lori; daughter, Andrea Parkhill and husband, Mike, Sea Girt New Jersey; sons, John F. Bongiovanni and wife, Gloria, Chandler, Texas; Mark A. Bongiovanni and wife, Ilona, Montreal, Canada; Ramon C. Bongiovanni and wife, Nancy, Dallas, Texas; Roger S. Bongiovanni and wife DeeAnn, London, United Kingdom. Grandchildren include Nicolas Bongiovanni, Michelle Parkhill, Kimberly Parkhill, Cassandra Bongiovanni, Victor Bongiovanni, Amanda Bongiovanni and Kalina Bongiovanni; a brother, Franklin V. Bongiovanni, Esq. and wife Eva, Cleveland; and a cousin, Lt. Col. (ret.) Charles Bongiovanni and wife, Donna, Leesburg, Virginia.
Recitation of the Rosary will be at 10 A.M., followed by Mass of Christian Burial, 11 A.M., Thursday, November 15, 2012, at All Saints Catholic Church, 5231 Meadowcreek Dr., Dallas Texas 75248, with the Reverend Vincent Anyama presiding. Inurnment will be in the Bongiovanni Family Mausoleum, Union Cemetery, New Kensington, Pennsylvania at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made, in Johns name, to the American Cancer Society, High Plains Division, P.O. Box 149186, Austin, TX 78714-9186 or American Cancer Society, americancancer.com Make a Donation, American Cancer Society.