In Memory

Leland Bonelli

Leland Bonelli


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03/23/15 02:22 PM #1    

Barbara Vosburgh (Linnard)

I am deeply saddened by the news of Leland's passing. I remember him well from Mount Hebron and MHS. He was a wonderful person, and I'm sure he will be greatly missed.


03/24/15 11:35 AM #2    

Don MacLean

This is sad news. I remember Leland from Mt. Hebron. He was a good athlete and the fastest runner in our class. He was also a nice guy who came to a birthday party I had long ago. Unfortunately-time marches inexorably onward. My warm regards go out to his family.

03/24/15 04:35 PM #3    

Steve Clarke (Mt Hebron)

I also remember Leland from Mt. Hebron...and the Fusco Phillies Little League team (I played on the Commonwealth Cardinals, and I don't think we ever beat Leland's team, or too many other teams as I recall...but we did get to ride on top of a WWII tank at the 4th of July Parade near Edgemont Park the tracks of which I remember pretty much destroyed the street.) Leland was probably the best athlete in our class at Mt. Hebron, and although it sounds cliche, it seems he was always wearing a smile.  He was an easy-going and genuiniely kind person. My very best to his family and friends.

03/24/15 04:55 PM #4    

Karen Hansen (Dugan)

I also knew Leland at Mt. Hebron and high school.  Everyone is right, a good athlete, quiet, but always a gentle smile. Don & I attended Chris & Lelands 25th wedding anniversary, a very memorable time for me.  Even though I knew Leland was challenged with health issues, learning of his passing was hard to read.  My love and deepest sympathy to their entire family.  Another great loss to our class this year.  Karen

03/25/15 09:24 AM #5    

Doug Fritts

 I didn't know him very well but I remember Leland as friendly guy with a nice smile. He was a good athelte as well. I'm sure all who knew will miss him.

03/25/15 02:48 PM #6    

Susan Marano

From Leland's brother Paul:

To Leland's Classmates,
This version of the obituary for my brother Lee has been personalized by me to include more Montclair info.I thought you would like to see it.
Love, Paul Bonelli
Vernon Twp., NJ: Leland Thomas Bonelli, 69 years old, died after a long illness at Schervier Pavillion in Warwick, NY on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
He maintained his pleasant, polite demeanor, and sense of humor his entire life. Born to Joseph P. and Marietta J. Bonelli, he had lived in Montclair, NJ before moving to Vernon Twp., NJ in 1974.
Lee played organized sports in Montclair and Vernon into his late 30’s, and coached many seasons of church basketball and junior baseball.
Lee attended Montclair NJ public schools from 1953 to HS graduation in 1964. He attended Rutgers evenings while working at ITT in Clifton, NJ and Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ.   Later Leland worked in Inside Sales for Hamilton in Fairfield , NJ, in the 1970s, then owned and operated the Hot Bagel Stop in Franklin , NJ, for many years, regularly donating food to the women’s shelter, and 1,000 bagels weekly to the PAL summer camp. Leland then worked as circulation manager for the New Jersey Herald for 13 years, joking that he could now sleep late until 5 a.m., before retiring in 2012.
Leland was predeceased by his father, Joseph P. Bonelli, and was the devoted father of Leland D. Bonelli of Bath , PA and Clinton T. Bonelli of Philadelphia , PA.; loving grandfather of Tyler Bonelli; dear brother of Paul Bonelli of Verona , NJ and Marietta McCall of Boerne, TX.; and former husband and lifelong companion of Christine Bonelli of Sandyston , NJ . He is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and grand nephews.
The family will receive their friends at Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home,  241 Route 94 ( 1 Vanderhoof Court for GPS), Vernon , NJ on Friday,  March 27, 2015 from 10 to 12 Noon. Funeral service will begin at 12 Noon at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Glenwood Cemetery , Vernon Twp., NJ.  
Memorial gifts to the Glenwood Pochuck Volunteer Ambulance Corps., P.O. Box 241 , Glenwood , NJ 07418 would be appreciated. Information and condolences can be found at

03/26/15 09:04 AM #7    

Emily Wilson (Stanton)

I, too, remember Leland-his face and smile. My thoughts are with his family. I love his school picture....memories.


03/26/15 01:15 PM #8    

Gerard Harney

My most vivid memory of Leland is I couldn't tackle him in the open field in junior high school pick up football games. Convinced me to take up tennis. He was a great guy who will be dearly missed.

03/26/15 09:49 PM #9    

Steve Clarke (Mt Hebron)

Forgot to mention - For anyone who would like to see a great picture of Leland from Third Grade (I think it was that year...Miss Lurich's class) at Mt. Hebron, you can go to my Classmate Profiles page and click on the "Then" pic. It will be obvious, but Leland is the cute kid with a big smile in Row 2, 3rd in from the right, wearing a Davy Crockett shirt : >).

03/26/15 09:51 PM #10    

Julia (Julie) Ducker (Young)

Growing up across from Edgemont Park I spent many hours ice skating on the pond where Leland' s father was in charge of the skate house--Most of my memories of Leland are associated with him (and Paul) being there helping "Joe."  He was a friendly, fun loving guy, always smiling and he will be missed.

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