WESTMERE – Joan E. Dinovo, 78, of Westmere, passed away on Friday, May 16, 2014, at St. Peter’s Hospital. Joan was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Dawson A. “Red” Bonitz and Marion F. Wiley Bonitz. She lived all her life in Westmere. She was a very dedicated life member of the Westmere Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, past president, and served on the group’s board of directors. She also was a communicant of Christ the King Church, and a life member of the Hudson Valley Girl Scouts. Retired from the Guilderland School System Cafeteria Services program, she cheerfully interacted with the students and staff daily. Some of Joan’s greatest joys were spending time with her family, and going camping with family and friends. Joan is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Salvatore R. “Bob” Dinovo; her children Robert C. Dinovo, Timothy J. Dinovo (Dawn), Lisa Knightes (Donald), and Holly Marbaker (Nicholas); her brother Charles Bonitz (Kay) of Phoenix, AZ; her grandchildren Michelle and Morgan Knightes, and Cole and Gwenn Marbaker; and by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 9:00, and from there to Christ the King Church, Sumter Ave., Guilderland, at 10:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-8 pm. The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather in the funeral home at 4:30 pm Monday for a service of prayer and remembrance. All are welcome. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Westmere Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, 1741 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Click here to view Joan’s resting place in Memory Gardens, 983 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12205 (Town of Colonie).
Anna and Bill Stoecklin
We were so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. With the advent of summer I am reminded of her. We often saw her take evening walks with Michelle. It was a wonderful sight to see a grandmother out with her granddaughter walking and laughing and talking. Please know that you will be in our thoughts,
My heartfelt condolences to Bob Sr. and family. She will always be remembered as kind, gentle and unselfishly giving to the Westmere community and firefighters her talents in time of need. She will be deeply missed. May light perpetual shine upon her.
Kelly Nichols Napierski
Dear Holly and Family,
I am so very sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. She was a beautiful, kind and loving woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Donna Cullam & Family
Dear Lisa and Family,
This is a very difficult time to go through however, the love and support of your family and friends will be the bridge to Peace for you.
Your Mom will always be a heart beat away – cling to the happy memories you have shared with her over the years. She had a quiet dignity and a gentle personality that will be remembered always.
Thinking of you and sending warm hugs and love,
I was so sad to hear of Joan’s passing. We were both pregnant at the same time 30+ years ago and enjoyed comparing notes. She was one of my favorite ladies at the WFD. My sincere sympathies to all of her family.
~Kim (Spawn) Oppelt
Karen and Douglas Oney
Please accept our condolences on the passing of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Doug and Karen Oney