Tecla C. Bonanni, chief proofreader for the Niagara Falls Gazette from 1951 to 1974, died Thursday at her daughter Gloria Critelli's home following a brief illness. She was 92.
The former Tecla Calandrelli was born in Niagara Falls and was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School.
She lived her entire life in Niagara Falls.
Mrs. Bonanni worked as a secretary at the Woodward Agency from 1930 to 1934.
She was a member and treasurer of the Council of Parent Education at 17th and 24th Street schools. There, she also helped organize and volunteer as a leader of Girl Scout troops.
Mrs. Bonanni was also a member of Forest Avenue Church of God, where she served on the church council as treasurer for 20 years, and was superintendent of the church's cradle roll.
She was a volunteer of Niagara Oncology Association at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where she was affectionately called the Doll Lady, having dressed and distributed over 700 dolls to the pediatric departments at Memorial and Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston.
Mrs. Bonanni also enjoyed bead work and making rosaries for her family and friends.
Her husband, Ercole "E.B.," died in 1989.
Survivors include three daughters, Sylvia Godino and Gloria Critelli, both of Niagara Falls, and Diane Conti of the Town of Tonawanda; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Forestview Church of God, 1250 Saunders Settlement Road, Lewiston, following prayers at 9:15 at M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.