If you knew Erma, you know she lived in the kitchen. She never knew who Mario was bringing to lunch; whether it was five guests or 25, she was always prepared and was a gracious host. She passed her love of cooking on to her children and grandchildren who fondly recreate her best recipes; although, having never actually written a recipe down, have to do their best to remember her steps and estimate the amounts, which always seemed to change as she saw fit. Her grandkids will always remember the famed ravioli day where they became her sous chefs. As the years went on, she graciously passed the torch. Ravioli day will not be the same without her leaning over their shoulders, giving pointers along the way. When Erma wasn’t in the kitchen, you could find her reading romance novels and the latest tabloid gossip. She was always up to date on the latest Hollywood scandal.
Erma took countless trips with her grandchildren to Disneyland, Pismo Beach, and the occasional trip to the casino. She enjoyed taking them shopping and spoiling them any chance she had. Erma was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, parts runner, cattle feeder, accountant, secretary, gardener, and short order cook. She did it all without complaint. She was proud of the life she and Mario made. She went to heaven with her beloved husband by her side on March 6, 2022.
She is preceded in death by parents Amelia, Daria, and Aldopho Centoni; siblings Vance, John, and Eva; daughter Patricia, and granddaughter Brianna. She leaves behind her beloved husband Mario Buoni Jr.; sister Bruna Limi; five children and spouses Marianna, Mario and Michele, Frank and Lori, John and Shelly, and Gino and Christine; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church (900 H. Street) on Wednesday, March 16th at 9:30 AM with graveside to follow at Greenlawn Southwest.
Pallbearers are: Darin Buoni, Josh Buoni, Joey Buoni, Dominic Buoni, Anthony Buoni, and Aiden Buoni. Honorary Pallbearers are: Richard Limi, Gary Limi, Joe Pieri, Alfonso Checchi, Jimmy Checchi, Mark Skinner, Clark Skinner, Les Endes, and Sonny Chase.