MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Obituaries

April 9, 2013

Evelyn R. Bonicelli

1924-2013

— Shawnee resident Evelyn R. Bonicelli 89, died at Avonlea Cottages in Seminole, Oklahoma on April 4, 2013.

 Evelyn Rose Bonicelli was born on January 19, 1924 to John and Mary (Ceresa) Bonicelli in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She attended Lowell School, St. Mary’s, South Junior and Colorado Springs High (now Palmer) in Colorado Springs.

 Evelyn spent several years in Muskogee, Oklahoma from 1945 until the mid 70’s. The Bonicelli family operated the Muskogee Hotel Coffee Shop during the last days of World War II and later opened and operated the Bonicelli Drive Inn until 1959. During WWII Evelyn volunteered for the Grey Ladies at the VA Hospital,  she was a Liberty Belle hostess for the USO, and she did volunteer work for the Red Cross Canteen knitting large sweaters for the British Military. She was active in the British USO.

 When she moved back to Colorado Springs, Colorado she worked and retired from the Colorado State Employment Services and volunteered at Silver Key, Goodwill and Moms of Military. She spent many hours writing to military personnel during Desert Storm. She was especially proud of 2 letters she received from General Norman Schwarzkopf recognizing her work for the troops during Desert Storm. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Pueblo, Colorado.

 She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Bonicelli of Muskogee, Oklahoma, daughter Mary Nell Palmour, Colorado Springs, Colorado and brother John J. (JJ) Bonicelli of Fort Worth, Texas.

 Survivors include her brother Pete L. Bonicelli Sr.  of Shawnee, Oklahoma, her grandson Robert and wife Kelly Palmour of Tucson, Arizona, granddaughter Margaret Anderson and great grandson Zackary Ford of Janesville, Wisconsin and many nieces and nephews.

 Services and burial will be in Colorado Springs, Colorado at Evergreen Funeral Home on April 13, 2013 at 10am.

 Donations in her name can be made to Bishop Daniel Jones, Ava Maria Chapel, 210 South 2nd, PO 89, Westclifft, Colorado 81252-0099.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks