She was born January 28, 1924 in Hershey, daughter of the late Nicola and Luigina (Carlucceti) Paponetti.
Nilda graduated from Hershey High School class of 1941. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and their Council of Catholic Women. She was also a former volunteer at the Hope Lodge in Hershey since its opening in 1988 until 2000 and an elected official for 20 years at Election Polls in Hershey as well.
Nilda is survived by 3 sons, Richard P. (Jeanne Galassi) Bonfanti, Jr. of Lebanon, Nicholas P. (Susan Bucciarelli) Bonfanti, Sr. of Harrisburg, and Joseph F. (Lisa Davis) Bonfanti of Palmyra; grandson, Nicholas P. (Rachel Parrish) Bonfanti, Jr.; granddaughters, Adele (Cameron) Cole, Cara (Dan) Shaffer, and Elizabeth Bonfanti; sister, Norma Baiocchi (Richard) of Hershey; sister-in-law, Louise Hostetter of Cornwall; three great grandchildren and many nieces & nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard P. Bonfanti, Sr. in 2006 and 5 sisters & 1 brother.
A viewing will be held in the Hoover Funeral Home of Hershey on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 9:30 - 10:30 AM, followed by Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11AM in St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 359 West Areba Ave., Hershey. Interment will be in the Hershey Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Nilda requested memorial contributions be made to either St. Joan of Arc Memorial Fund or the Heart of the Parish Fund, c/o St. Joan of Arc Church 359 W. Areba Ave. Hershey, PA 17033.
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