Dorothy "Dee" Delling Bonfietti

TT-FS-OBT-BonfiettiDorothy “Dee” Delling Bonfietti, 86, of Fairfield died peacefully in her sleep at the Trumbull, CT home of her son, Brian Bonfietti on Monday, July 23, 2012.

Dee was born September 20, 1925 in Bethel, CT, daughter of Maxwell Delling and Edith (Lederer) Delling.

She attended schools in Bethel and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Design from the University of Connecticut. She married Ebi Primo Bonfietti and raised five children in Fairfield.

In addition to her son, Brian and his partner Cheryl Willis, she leaves behind four daughters, Gilianna Bonfietti of North Hollywood, CA, Lucy Nugent of Ridgefield, CT, Pamela Hill of Hubbardston, MA and Diane and Bill Wingle of Franktown, CO. She also leaves behind her grandson, Stephen Bonfietti of Woodbury.

Throughout her life, Dee’s primary focus was on her home and raising her children. Adventurous and committed to broadening her children’s horizons thru education and travel – traveling with her five children to historic sites, ski trips and camping adventures for weeks at a time throughout the East Coast and Canada. A family favorite was Hammonasset Beach State Park where they would spend several weeks camping each summer.

Dee was a wonderful cook, nutritionist and crafter. Whether knitting complex Scandinavian sweaters for her family, creating beautifully tailored outfits or Halloween costumes for her daughters, capes to couture; her talents were never ending. From canning preserves, sauces and pickles from her garden or fruits from the family orchard to harvesting and making maple syrup, she always tried to involve her children to nurture new and diverse interests.

Dee engaged her family in creative projects, including making candy, candles, soap, Christmas and Easter ornaments, silk flower-making, painting, ceramics, gold leaf and frame restoration and mosaics. Dorothy enjoyed restoring antique furniture and was especially proud of a collection of unusual antique clocks.

Later in life she enjoyed theater, the arts and shared a love of birds, gardening and cross country skiing with her partner of 26 years, the late Dr. George Johnson.

In the 1970’s Dee returned to college for a course of study in Child Behavioral Science and worked for several years with children at the Seabury Nursery School in Westport, CT. She also served as a Personal Assistant and live-in care provider to Clara Greenhut Rabinowitz of Westport in the 1980s.

She will be remembered as one trying to do a job well, as being understanding and kind, and as a decent human being who always tried to help others. She was a remarkable woman and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements in care of the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home 399 White Plains Rd. Trumbull.

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