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Erma Amelia Buoni

  • Erma Amelia Buoni was born on April 24, 1938 in Bakersfield, CA to parents Amelia and Adolpho Centoni. Her mother passed away shortly after childbirth. Her father returned to Italy and married Daria who would raise Erma from the age of two until Daria’s passing. She was the youngest of five siblings: Vance, John, Bruna, and Eva. Erma attended St. Francis Catholic School and later attended Kern County High School, now BHS. Growing up, her father worked for the railroad and owned Centoni Nursery, which she and her mother ran until her older brothers returned from the war. This fostered a love for gardening and flowers that she passed onto her children and grandchildren. While in high school, Erma was a candy striper at Mercy Hospital.
    Erma met her husband, Mario Buoni Jr., at a Sheepmen’s Picnic. Mario describes it as love at first sight. When Erma later became engaged to Mario, her father told her she was marrying a farmer and would never travel anywhere. So, the summer before her wedding, Erma and her dad took a trip all around the country by way of the Santa Fe Railway. She always cherished the time she had with her father on that trip. Erma and Mario married on June 9, 1956, one day after her high school graduation. Erma was a devout Catholic and attended Mass daily with her mother until she was married, when she could no longer attend because they lived too far out of town and did not own a vehicle. After nine years of marriage they bought their first automobile. Since they finally had a vehicle, Erma would be able to attend mass again; however, she did not know how to drive, so Mario had to take her everywhere until she learned.
    For 65 years, Erma stood by Mario’s side; a dedicated wife and mother. Being a wife to a farmer was not an easy life, but she accepted the challenge with grace and fortitude. Erma gave birth to six children, Mariana, Patricia, Mario, Frank, John, and Gino. Erma loved the county fair and enjoyed helping her children with their show animals. Erma was a room mother for each of her children, and you could always find her in the stands of any sporting event or at the fair with her camera and telephoto lens cheering on her children and grandchildren.
  • 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.

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A candle was lit in memory of Erma Buoni

Lezley Pumphrey & my entire family Mar 16 2022 12:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Erma Buoni

Pepe Yerena Mar 15 2022 11:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Erma Buoni

Phyllis ladeira Mar 15 2022 1:55 PM

What a wonderful lady she was! I have been one of the lunch guests in her kitchen, she was a gracious lady, always cooking those wonderful meals for her friends. Our most sincere condolences to all the family. God bless you Mario, you had the best woman that life could offer.
Clint and Lola Kennedy, Bakersfield Ca.

Clint Kennedy Mar 14 2022 1:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Erma Buoni

Lupe &Melanie Mancera Mar 13 2022 9:45 PM

We send our condolences to the entire Buoni Family. Erma was a Dear Lady to Lupe & I. I really do think heaven is richer with Erma in Eternal Life.
We send our Love 💜 to all of you.

Lupe & Melanie Mancera

Lupe & Melanie Mancera Mar 13 2022 9:44 PM

My thoughts and prayers to the Bouni Family. Mrs. Bouni was always so sweet....

Michelle Whitten Mar 10 2022 10:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Erma Buoni

Michelle Whitten Mar 10 2022 10:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Erma Buoni

Camargo Carrie Mar 10 2022 5:42 PM

Sending love and prayers to the Buoni family.

Mike and Rhonda Kittredge and the Howell family Mar 10 2022 1:35 PM

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