COLUMBUS - Julie Bonasera, 66, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, after a three-year struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's) disease. She established The Julie Bonasera ALS Fund at The Ohio State University and rallied her large family and numerous friends to walk to defeat ALS.
Julie was born in Youngstown June 7, 1947, the daughter of Paul and Helen Brown. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1969 with a degree in elementary education and taught for many years in Whitehall and Upper Arlington.
She later become certified to teach learning disabled students and became an advocate for these students.
Julie is survived by her husband of 44 years, Thomas J. Bonasera; sons, Michael (Gretchen), Kevin (Therese), Andy (April Scroggins) and Paul; and grandsons, Thomas and Magnus. She also is survived by her siblings, Susan Brown, Barbara Sengelmann, Mary (Marty) Reed, Jeff Brown, Molly (Larry) Davis, C. Daniel Brown; by her mother-in-law, Lena Bonasera; sister and brother-in-law, Janet (Chuck) Richards and Michael (Susan) Bonasera; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Helen Brown; an infant brother, Paul David; her father-in-law, Michael Bonasera; and sister-in-law, Mary Lee Bonasera Matthews.
The family sends special thanks to Dr. Todd Horiuchi of Sarasota, Fla., the ALS Association, Central Ohio Chapter for their support and the Heartland Hospice, Columbus staff, Anne, Helen and Charnike, for their loving care of Julie.
Family will receive friends 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 E. Broad St., Columbus. The Very Rev. Michael Lump will be the celebrant.
Private burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Julie Bonasera ALS Fund - Fund # 314486, or The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221, bit.ly/OSU-ALS.
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