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    July 2015 News

    Founding member Jim Bonanni passed away after combating a long illness. Jim was a great friend to all of us, and we shall miss him dearly. Jim's obituary is posted below, and can be found online at

    James R Bonanni, DMD passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Thursday July 2, 2015 after an extended illness.
    James was born April 6, 1955 to John M. and Mildred E. Bonanni in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Dr. Bonanni is a 1977 Graduate of Grove City College, where he majored in Chemistry. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, and the Kemikos Chemical Honorary Fraternity, serving the General Chemistry Department as a Laboratory Assistant for three years. He was selected as a teaching assistant during his senior year for the college’s core curriculum, lecturing about meteorology and leading a seminar group concerning all areas of natural and physical science. He was an avid golfer and at Grove City High School he lettered in varsity golf.
    Dr. Bonanni then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, graduating in 1981. During this period he concentrated his study on cosmetic dentistry and dental materials, and placed the first set of bonded cosmetic veneers in the undergraduate clinic in the Dental School in 1980. He also provided cosmetic veneers to private practitioners and the dental clinic at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh from 1980-1982.
    Following graduation, Dr. Bonanni served as a lecturer for the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Continuing Education from 1981 to 1989. He lectured about cosmetic dental materials, including veneers, glass ionomer cements, and direct and indirect posterior composite resins. He has served as a clinical evaluator for numerous manufacturers of dental materials, and presented a course on glass ionomer cements for the Academy of General Dentistry with Dr. Peter A. Guevara of the University of Pittsburgh and Dr. Douglas Diedrich of the University of Edmonton, Alberta.
    He had maintained a private practice in Hermitage, Pennsylvania since December of 1981 until 2011, and was a member of the American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association, and is a past president of the Mercer County Dental Society. He was a member of the Western Pennsylvania College of Oral Implantology, a regional implant study group, and was a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
    He married the love of his life Tamara on September 29, 1984. They lived in the same house for their entire life and raised three children Sara, Joe, and John. They are members of Hickory United Methodist Church.  
    He was a past member of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce, and had assisted coaching little league. Dr. Bonanni was an amateur photographer and a great advocate for scale modeling, being a member of the International Plastic Scale Modelers Society (IPMS). He is a founding member of the Three Rivers chapter of IPMS, and is the past president and chapter contact of the Shenango Valley Area Scale Modelers (SVASM). IPMS helps promote the art of scale model building among all ages, with master modelers teaching youth members about the hobby and helping develop their skills. Fundraising to aid exceptional children is a key function of the Shenango Valley group.
    He is survived by his wife of 30 years Tamara (Ellison) and his daughter Sara and son’s Joe and John and cousin Anthony Zambino, who was like a brother to him. Preceded in death by his parents.
    Friends may call Sunday July 5th, 2015 from 5 pm to 8 pm and Monday July 6th, 2015 from 10 am to 10:30 am at Donaldson-Mohney Funeral Home & Cremation Service 124 Main St. Sharpsville, PA 16150.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Hickory United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army, or Shenango Valley Modelers - SVASM to the attention of Al Erimias 52 S. Mercer Ave. Sharpsville, PA 16150.
    Funeral Services will be held Monday July 6th, 2015 at 11 am in Hickory United Methodist Church Hermitage, PA.
    Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery Sharpsville, PA