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Patricia A. (Kuhn) Bonita

March 21, 1942 ~ August 22, 2021 (age 79)

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Apple pie Queen, Artist and Registered Nurse, Patricia Kuhn Bonita’s love of life didn’t come to an end with her death. “Patty” passed away beautifully and peacefully, surrounded by family and friends singing to her on August 22, 2021, at the age of 79 in Portsmouth, NH.  She was a beloved grandmother, mother, sister and friend.

Born to Gus and Felicia Kuhn on March 21, 1942, she pridefully spoke of her birthplace of East Cambridge, Ma. and of the rich fire fighting history that her family marked there.  She joins her late older brothers Larry and Paul Kuhn in the light of the afterlife, leaving behind her younger brother, Michael Kuhn.  She had three children, Kara, Chris and Todd and raised them on her own in Winthrop, Ma., while simultaneously putting herself through Northeastern University Nursing School.  Patty would spend more than 50 years compassionately serving others as a Registered Nurse in hospitals, nursing and private homes throughout Massachusetts. 

She was full of love, honest, irreverent, creative, with an unstoppable energy and sense of humor.  She made us laugh and always told the truth, which made us laugh even harder.  She drew her energy from people and brought being a social butterfly to the next level.

Her interests, activities and travel were vast.  She was a skilled photographer, writer, painter and baker.  Her apple pies were legendary, having won the blue ribbon at the Apple Pie Contest at the Topsfield Fair many times and was once a featured guest on the Phantom Gourmet.  As an artist, she painted oil landscapes on Monhegan Island, The White Mountains, Bermuda and Italy, exhibiting her work at the Ceres Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s bustling art colony.

Patty’s legacy will be her unconditional love and giving of herself wholly. Throughout her life, she donated much of her personal time to feeding and clothing the homeless at the Pine St. Inn and Arch St. Church in Boston.  Above all, she was happiest and most prideful when sharing time with her grandchildren, Max and Kate Bonita.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the funeral home on Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 9:00 AM followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10:00AM. Services will conclude with the interment in the Calvary Cemetery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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August 29, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ernest P. Caggiano & Son Funeral Home
147 Winthrop Street
Winthrop, MA 02152

Mass of Christian Burial
August 30, 2021

10:00 AM
St. John the Evangelist Church
320 Winthrop St.
Winthrop, MA 02152

Interment following funeral service
August 30, 2021

Calvary Cemetery Portsmouth
968 Middle Rd.
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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