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Mary L. (Bonelli) Cordingley

April 2, 1924 ~ November 9, 2021 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Mary Cordingley Obituary

Our beloved Mary L. Cordingley, passed away at The Eddy Nursing Home in Troy, N.Y. on November 9, 2021. She was born in Troy N.Y. on April 2, 1924, to the late Louis and Jennie Bonelli. She attended Saint Anthony’s School in Troy, N.Y., Catholic Central high school, Troy High School and The Troy Business College. She also earned a certificate in Early Child Development from the Department of Education Division of the University of Massachusetts.
Mary had a fun and diverse Career having worked at; the Troy Credit Bureau, the Borden Co. in Menands NY, Radio Station WCOJ in Coatesville, PA., Vincent Weston Photography Studio in Bridgeport CT. and as the director of the Henny Penny Nursery School in Salem MA. She later worked in the RPI Admissions office in Troy N.Y.
She married Robert “Bob” Cordingley a Navy Vetran and ‘an RPI Engineer’ on May 7, 1949. Mary and Bob spent many years living in Danvers, MA. where She loved teaching and directing the Henny Penny nursery school. She regaled her family with many happy stories about Henny Penny and her beloved poodle Nicole. Mary and Bob loved to travel and enjoyed many wonderfl travel experiences. HOWEVER, WHEN Bob was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, their life changed significanty and they moved back to Troy in 1973 to be close to family. Mary selflessly accepted her new role as bob’s caregiver with grace and dignity for many years And always with her trade-mark warmth and good humor.
She had an infectious smile and joyful laugh that lifted the spirit of anyone in her presence. her greatest joy was her family and she will live on in all of our hearts forever and as an inspirition for a life well lived. She was truly a beautiful and loving person who never had a bad thing to say about anyone or anything.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Robert Cordingley, parents Louis and Jennie Bonelli, brother Louis A. Bonelli Jr. sisters Olivia(George) Ortell, Therese(Pete) Petroph and Jane Bonelli. She is also survived by her brother Peter Bonelli (Dennis), sister-in-law Rose Bonelli. Her briother in law Albert Cordingley (Ruth) SISTER-IN-LAW ruth proscheck (William) SISTER-IN-LAW Mildred Reeves (Kirby). Mary also had many beloved nieces and nephews and great Neices and nephews. last but not least was Mary’s very best friend Emmy Davey who was her constant companion and lovingly supported her for many years. Emmy was an angel on earth for Mary.


Mary will be intered at the St. Mary’s cemetery with her beloved Bob on 11/12/2021. a memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.

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