Rita Marie (Bouchard) Bonugli passed away at her home on Monday afternoon, June 21, 2021. The beloved wife of Giovanni Bonugli, she was 85 years old.
Rita was born, raised, and educated in Grandes-Bergeronnes in Quebec Canada. She was one of 15 children born to the late Lorenzo and Christianne Bouchard. Her husband Giovanni was born in Mons, Belgium to parents from Barga, Italy. Giovanni moved to Montreal, Canada where he would meet Rita through her sister when she was looking for a photographer. On their wedding night, April 23, 1960, they moved to the United States. They settled in Burlington, MA in 1968 where they would raise their three children.
Rita was a woman full of energy. She worked part-time at Filene’s Basement in Burlington for 19 years - from the first day the store opened until the last day that the store closed. With her outgoing personality and friendly demeanor, it was the perfect job for Rita. She was also the consummate homemaker. She loved to cook. Italian dishes and desserts were her specialty, but she always made sure to add a little bit of her French twist to the dishes. She wouldn’t think twice about mowing the lawn or painting the house. She loved to work in her garden. Her grass and garden were always meticulous.
Rita enjoyed traveling and had taken several trips to Italy, visited relatives in Canada, traveled cross country, and took memorable trips in the 70s and 80s to Disney World with her husband and children around the holidays. She was a loving and supportive mother. She made sure her children had everything they needed and had good educations. Rita will be remembered for her outgoing personality, her warmth, kindness, and love of family and friends.
She was the beloved wife of Giovanni Bonugli and the loving mother of her son, daughter Michelle Bonugli Tucci & her husband Jim Tucci, daughter Nicole Bonugli Richardson & her husband Brian Richardson, and the proud grandmother of 2 grandchildren and 3 dogs, Pipa, Bella, and Molson.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 21st at 10am at St Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St. Burlington. In lieu of flowers memorials in Rita’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 www.alz.org