Michelle Colette Bonaccorso

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Michelle Colette Bonaccorso

Michelle Colette Bonaccorso of Houston, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, at the age of 50. Michelle was born in Houston, Texas, on May 13, 1966, to Joe W. Merchant and Colette Merchant.

Michelle is survived by her husband of 27 years, Mario Joseph Bonaccorso III, sons, Mario Joseph Bonaccorso IV and Daniel Evans Bonaccorso, granddaughter, Ysabella Rose Bonaccorso, parents, Joe and Colette Merchant, sister, Kathleen and Keith Barrett, sister, Mary and Scott Kauphusman, sister, Christine and Samuel Samudio, brother, Joe and Rosalba Merchant Jr., mother-in-law, Rosy Bonaccorso, brother-in-law, Johnny and Carol Bonaccorso, brother-in-law, Salvatore Bonaccorso, numerous nieces and nephews and her loveable companions Scout, Zoe and Kiki. Michelle is preceded in death by her father-in-law, Mario Joseph Bonaccorso II.

Her family childhood was spent in Houston, Texas, and she graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1984. She moved to San Marcos, Texas, to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Texas State. During her time in college, Michelle met her junior high classmate again and fell in love with Mario who became her best friend and soulmate. They were married on Jan. 7, 1989. Michelle’s career spanned over 20 years in the banking industry where she became a District Manager for Wells Fargo managing over 20 branches in the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to her professional career, she was a loving mother to her two sons, in which she was very proud of.

She was a member of Leadership Texas and Leadership McAllen. She was also very active in her volunteer work, especially for the American Heart Association. Being of a benevolent nature, Michelle quietly gave aid and nurtured many throughout her life. Michelle had a joyous smile and always enjoyed reading, cooking, visiting the beach, fishing, and loved spending time with her beloved family.

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave, when life is done... — Michelle Colette Bonaccorso

Memorial donations can be made in loving memory of Michelle to the Jane Goodall Institute (www.janegoodall.org). Memorial services were held in Sealy on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel with a rosary recited at 1:30 p.m. Her final resting place is at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Sealy, Texas.

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