Joan E. Dinovo

WESTMERE — Joan E. Dinovo, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, died on Friday, May 16, 2014, at St. Peter’s Hospital. She was 78.

Mrs. Dinovo was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Dawson A. “Red” Bonitz and Marion F. Wiley Bonitz. She lived all of her life in Westmere.

She was a very dedicated life member of the Westmere Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary, past president, and served on the group’s board of directors, wrote her family in a tribute.

She was also a communicant of Christ the King Church and a life member of the Hudson Valley Girl Scouts.

She retired from the Guilderland school system cafeteria services program, and, her family wrote, she had cheerfully interacted with the students and staff daily.

“Some of Joan’s greatest joys were spending time with her family and going camping with family and friends,” wrote her family.

Mrs. Dinovo is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Salvatore R. “Bob” Dinovo; her children, Robert C. Dinovo, Timothy J. Dinovo and his wife, Dawn, Lisa Knightes and her husband, Donald, and Holly Marbaker and her husband, Nicholas; her brother Charles Bonitz and his wife, Kay, of Phoenix, Ariz.; her grandchildren, Michelle and Morgan Knightes and Cole and Gwenn Marbaker; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 20, at the Hans Funeral Home on Western Avenue and at Christ the King Church in Guilderland. Interment was in Memory Gardens in Colonie.

Mourners may leave a message for the family at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westmere Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary, 1741 Western Ave., Albany. 

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