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Eva Mae Bonanno

Fayetteville, AR, 1942 - 2022

Eva Mae Bonanno, age 80, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed from this life Monday, October 31, 2022. She was born September 23, 1942, in Saginaw, Mich., a daughter of the late Edward Buza and Fern Michel Buza.
Eva was united in marriage to Joseph Bonanno on May 1, 1971, in Saginaw, Mich. Together the couple were blessed with two children, A.J. and Nicole. They made their home in Livonia, Mich., until moving to Lucas, Texas, in 1979. In 2000, together they built their dream home and moved into Plano, Texas.
She was devoted to being a stay-at-home mom when her kids were young, taking care of her family's every need. She enjoyed baking, cooking, sewing, gardening, bird watching, volunteering, and attending every home Dallas Cowboys game while living in Texas. She loved to bowl and was a member of a weekday women's bowling league along with spending Friday nights bowling with her husband at Plano Super Bowl.
In 1996, she began running their family Mail Center business in downtown Plano, Texas, until suffering a stroke in 2005.
In 2015, after surviving multiple strokes, she and her husband moved to Fayetteville, Ark., to live with their son A.J. and his family for additional family assistance, care, and support. She loved being a grandma and cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.
She enjoyed going to a Senior Health and Wellness Center every day to meet up with her friends and to play games. She loved coming home to show her granddaughters the crafts she made and the prizes she won playing Bingo.
Eva is survived by her husband of 51 years, Joseph William Bonanno of Fayetteville, Ark.; her son, A.J. (Denise) Bonanno of Fayetteville, Ark.; a daughter, Nicole Bonanno of Fort Worth, Texas; her grandchildren, Ema Djukic, Caden Carelock, Brooklynn Bonanno, Bella Bonanno, Bristol Bonanno; her sisters, Marie Masud of Frankenmuth, Mich., Joan Voigt of Ann Arbor, Mich.; a brother, Michael (Annette) Buza of Swartz Creek, Mich., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Eva is preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Dr. Khan Masud.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 9, at Nelson Berna Funeral Home in Fayetteville. Burial is in Fairview Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, at Nelson Berna. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions are preferred to the family for future designation. To place an online tribute, please visit

Published November 4, 2022

Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory
4520 North Crossover Road, P.O. Box 8982, Fayetteville, AR
Phone: 479-521-5000