Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Mercedes Bonelli Bastian
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Mercedes Bonelli Bastian
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Mercedes Bonelli Bastian
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Bastian, Mercedes Bonelli
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300052
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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Mercedes Bonelli Bastian

*Weu ... Thursday, Mi y 20, 1993
John Thomas Memorial Chapel
8.00 8:45 a.m.
Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church
9.30 10:00
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S Survivors

Lousle Schulterbrandt / Manlyn Creque / Eleanor Bastian
Hilary Bashan

SMillner / ita Harrigan / Alma Otnley
S Una Blyden / Doris Bonellh

Raymond, Leonard, Dalton,
Irving, Enc, Conrad & Arthur Bonelli

Marvin Creque / Emest Schulterbrandt / Roy Hansen
Bemrce Bastian

13 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grandchldren,
numerous Nieces & Nepheu

Hdary Bashan / Enc Bonell / Irving Boneli
Conrad Bonelh / Arthur Bonell / Kevin Dawson

Honorary Pallbearers
Marvn Creque / Ernest Schullerbrandt / Elmo p .h\%*
Orlando Creque / Roy Hansen

Verona Mercedes"' B er-. .

(.... Eulogy
MERCEDES BONELLI BASTIAN was bom February 16, 1906 to Mana
Leatrrd and Edward Bonelli in St Thomas. Virgin Islands She leave?
behind herchildren.sisers,brothers,grandchild renand great grandchildren
Affectionately known as Gang Gang she spoke five languages: English,
Frend, German, Danish. Spanish and sang in all She was always reading,
some mes into the wee hou' f the morning and could debate and discuss
any topic of the past and prpsent
Herfamily being an important part of her ife. she thought it nothing to
walk frm Contant to the hospital to visit them when the bus took too long
She played the harmonica and piano and spent many hours delighting
herchildrenand grandchildren musically,along wth storiesof herchildhood
and the history of these islands.
Being a devout Lutheran, she was baptized and raised in the Lutheran
Church. She was also married there to Charles Bastian, bapuzed and raised
her children in that faith
Mercedes was also a teacher and assistant principal at Nsky Moravian
Sd~o. Many people would slate what a superb teacher she was, especially
tn history and mathematics She always claimed that if she had to live a life
over again, she would have been a linguist.
A strong woman who was widow ed early in her marriage, she raised
herfoulchldren. She raised them alone at a time and era that was difficult.
Ihsshe managed by changing hercareerto work as a salesperson at I. Levn.
Man) sacnfices she would make to rear her children: staying up late
iatothe gh sewing and altering their clothing. She also loved to cook, and
te memories of the smell and taste of roast pork and red peas soup are the
ew thatsill remain. What a wonderful cook she was!
Her petite size didn't prevent her from confrontation or protecting the
ighbof herchildren, family and friends. She taught herchildren to be kind,
respectful and to love a person, no matter their creed, color or station in ife.
She was loving and kind inside and out, but she was like a ager when
defending her fanuly
Mom, you aregonebut not forgotten. I will always remember the things
you eugit us, the love you showered on us and the love of family you
itilled in us, despite the hardships and adversanes you faced
Rest n peace.
L- lotw Schdlterbrandt. Manlvn Baistlu Creque
Hillrq 'Bad,-ie Bastun & Eleanomr Ba lun


Celebrant: I bless the body of Mercedes with this holy water that recalls her
baptsm of which St. Paul writes: All of us who were baptized into
Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. By baptism into his death
we were buried together with him, so that just as Christ was raised
from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life.
For if we have been united with him by likeness to his deaat, so shall
we be united with him by leness to his resurrection. -"
All: Amen.
Celebrant: On the day of her baptism Mercedes put on Christ.'In the day of
Christ's coming, may she be clothed with glory.

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