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Donna Jean Bono, 81, beloved Mom, Sister, Aunt, and Grandmother, of Leawood, Kansas passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Kansas City Hospice in Kansas City, MO.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday, June 17, 2022 at the Villas of Leawood Clubhouse, 2021 W 139th, Leawood, KS 66224. A private mass and burial will take place for the family at Donna’s request.
Donna was born in Detroit, Michigan to Molly and Guido Zanichelli on June 9, 1940. The family later moved to Pittsburgh, Kansas where she graduated from high school in 1957. After high school, Donna moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she worked in a law firm as a court reporter and held various other positions. She eventually spent the greatest part of her career working for Business Men’s Assurance Company as an Executive Administrative Assistant, where she retired in 2009.
After she retired, she spent time with her family and friends, especially with her two grandsons, Tony and Tyler, who she adored. The three of them would often go out together, and usually when they did, something particularly funny and unforgettable would happen. She would make sure she wrote it all down when she got home so there weren’t any forgotten details. It was never clear in these stories if it were the grandsons entertaining “Granny” or if it was “Granny” entertaining the grandsons!
Donna’s family and friends will remember her for her generosity, her thoughtfulness, her friendship, her quick wit, her sense of humor, and for the wonderful Italian cook that she was. She was a lover of dogs, music, her family, and her friends.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Molly and Guido Zanichelli.
She is survived by daughter Amy Bono of Overland Park, Kansas; son David (Stephanie) Bono, two grandsons Tony and Tyler Bono of Overland Park, Kansas; sister, Ina Davenport of Morro Bay, California; and brother, Charlie Zanichelli of Denver, Colorado. She is also survived by many loving and caring family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Wayside Waifs of Kansas City.
Donna’s family would like to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to all of Donna’s close friends, and caring doctors, nurses, and staff at Kansas City Hospice.