Carmine Joseph Bongiovanni left this world a much better place after he departed on March 28, 2016 at the age of 90 in Sun City West, AZ. Carmen was born on May 1, 1925 in Niagara Falls, NY to Emmanuel Bongiovanni and Elisabetta A. Runca who had immigrated from Sicily and Calabria, Italy, respectively.
Carmen enlisted into the US Navy submarine service and served on the U.S.S. Carp SS-338 in the Pacific during World War II. When he returned, he married Rosalie Irene Pace and lived in love with her for 68 years until her passing in 2014.
Together they devoted their lives to their four children, Bonita Elizabeth Clint Bradbury of Bella Vista, AR, Manuel Bongiovanni of Scottsdale, AZ, Annette Bongiovanni of Washington DC, and Dianne Goldstein of Dallas, TX. He is predeceased by his sister, Margaret (Bongiovanni) Carlson; and son-in-law, Michael Richard Clint. Carmen is sadly missed by his sister, Antonetta (Bongiovanni) Conny of Niagara Falls, NY. He is also mourned deeply by his four grandchildren, Michael Charles Clint, C. Pace Moreno Bongiovanni, Jaclyn Mariel Goldstein, and Jordanna Rachel Goldstein, and his great grandchild, JonMichael Clint.
Carmen was a carpenter and craftsman with a strong work ethic; his work was admired by all who knew him. He was an exemplary role model to his family whom he taught the importance of being kind, humble, and happy.
Published on June 3, 2016