Dr. James Vincent Bonessi

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

James Vincent Bonessi, M.D., age 89, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of White Oak and Elizabeth Twp., died Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  He was born in Chester, West Virginia on August 17, 1928 and is the son of the late James and Elizabeth Fiala Bonessi.


Dr. Bonessi received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, his medical school degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Fellowship at Magee Hospital. Dr. Bonessi served in the Navy as a physician. He was a respected Internist for over four decades.  He started his medical practice in Natrona Heights in 1962.  He then opened his first office in White Oak in 1965 where he served the local communities and UPMC McKeesport until his retirement at the age of 72.  

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Farrell Bonessi; sons, James (Alaina) Bonessi of Sarasota, Florida, Paul (Nelee) Bonessi of Sausalito, California; daughter, Lynne (John) Martinelli of Upper St. Clair; and grandchildren, Michael and Jaclyn Martinelli.  He is preceded in death by all his siblings.

Friends and family will be received on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 2:00 until 6:00 pm at Striffler’s of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services, Inc., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (412-678-6177). Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, March 5, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak, PA  15131.  Burial will follow. 

Remembrances may be made in Dr. James Bonessi’s name to The Samaritan or to The Providence Chapel and mailed to 500 Providence Point Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA  15243, Attn:  Erin Engle.  Condolences may be made at www.str

Originally published March 01, 2018.

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