Rosalie D. Bonica, 101

Social Security Administration worker, world traveler

April 21, 2007

Rosalie D. Bonica, a retired Social Security Administration worker and a world traveler, died in her sleep April 14 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. She was 101.

Rosalie D. Macaluso was born and spent her early years in Calascibetta, Sicily, and arrived with her family at Ellis Island in New York in 1911.

Her father, a coal miner, settled his family originally in Beaverdale, Pa., before moving to Dundalk in 1918.

"She always said how grateful she was to her father, who had the foresight to bring them to this country where there were jobs and opportunity," said a daughter, Patricia M. Marani of Parkville.

Mrs. Bonica attended the old Eastern High School at Broadway and North Avenue, through the ninth grade. After graduating in 1933 from the Vogue Beauty Institute of Baltimore, she opened the Artistic Beauty Shoppe on East Fairmount Avenue.

After studying typing at night school, Mrs. Bonica closed her beauty shop and went to work in 1944 as a typist in the SSA's old Candler Building headquarters. She was working at the agency's Woodlawn headquarters when she retired in 1972.

Mrs. Bonica preferred traveling by herself and had visited Europe and the Holy Land.

A longtime Parkville resident, she moved to the retirement community in 2000.

Her husband of 44 years, Joseph J. Bonica died in 1972.

Mrs. Bonica was a member of Calvary Tabernacle Church in Parkville, where services were held Wednesday.

Also surviving are another daughter, Dolores G. Conroy of Catonsville; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A son, John J. Bonica, died in 1972.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.