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Rudolph J. DiBonaventura

Rudolph John DiBonaventura, age 91, went home to heaven on Monday, May 8, 2023.  Rudy was born in his house on Scott Street in Little Italy to Ersilia and Pasquale DiBonaventura.  Rudy went to Saint Thomas Grade School and then became a proud Salesian gentleman. After graduation from Goldey Beacom College, Rudy entered the Marine Corps and served his country during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge from the military, Rudy became the shop foreman at John’s Body Shop and in 1979 opened his own business, Rudy’s Auto Body along with his first wife, Linda Sparkman DiBonaventura who passed away in 2005.

Rudy is survived by his wife, Marta Csoltko DiBonaventura, his two daughters Lisa Bilodeau (husband Paul) and Leah Walters (husband Darren) and step-son Joseph Csoltko (wife Christina).  Other survivors are his sister, Adelaide (Dee) DiBonaventura, his grandchildren Daniel Bilodeau (Victoria), Meghan Vinci (Marc), Joshua Bilodeau (Grace), Zoe Wilson, Annabeth Bilodeau, Ely Walters, and step-grandchildren Amanda, Valentino and Violetta Czoltko as well as great grandchildren, Adelaida (Addie) Vinci, Thomas Bilodeau, and Luca Vinci.  In addition to his parents and first wife, Rudy is pre-deceased by his sister Helen, brother Anthony, and step-son John.

Funeral Services

Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 17 from 10-11 a.m. at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church at 901 N. DuPont Street in Wilmington, Delaware with the funeral Mass beginning at 11am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Special Olympics Delaware at in honor of Rudy’s brother, Anthony DiBonaventura.


    David Wallner lit a candle and writes,
    Lisa l am so sorry to hear of your father's death...may God guide you and your father into his loving arms.
    05/12/2023 09:24 am
    Martha and John Bilodeau writes,
    The light from Rudy will always shine on when you look at your family. ♥️
    05/12/2023 09:30 am
    Leslie DePalma writes,
    Oh Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I know how close you two were. Prayers of peace, comfort and strength to you, Paul, Daniel, Meghan, Annbeth and the rest of your beloved family. Wish I could be there to hug you. Just know Tom and I feel your sadness. Much love, Leslie
    05/12/2023 10:29 am
    Corrine Check lit a candle and writes,
    He was the best dancer I have ever had the pleasure of dancing with and the memories of dancing with Uncle Rudy at my wedding are cherished! He loved our family with fierceness and action!
    05/12/2023 02:13 pm
    Joe Gardner
    05/13/2023 11:30 am
    MaryPat Fleming lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Dan and Victoria, We are so sorry to hear of your beloved Grandfather’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and share the same with your beautiful extended family. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the wonderful times you shared bring you comfort and may Rudy’s name be forever a blessing. Much love, Aunt Mary and Uncle Jay and Family
    05/13/2023 12:09 pm
    Phyllis Bradley writes,
    Lisa and Zoe, so sorry to hear of the passing of your love one. I will keep him in my prayers.
    05/14/2023 12:48 pm

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