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Barbara J. Bonforte

April 12, 2020


A Celebration of the Life of Barbara Bonforte. Friday, August 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm with an extended concert prelude beginning at 4:30 pm at Tower Hill First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701.

Please join us for a special presentation for a special lady. The worship will feature poems about Barbara written by her husband, John Bonforte, Sr. Fiona Smith Sutherland has put two of the poems to music and they will be performed by world-class musicians and the Tower Hill Choir in celebration of the special life that Barbara shared with family and friends. 

There will be a reception to follow in the Narthex. 

Barbara’s devotion to Jesus was most expressed in her lifetime to Tower Hill Church, especially the Traditional Music Service. If inclined to make a donation in her name to Tower Hill Church, designated to the Traditional Music service, would surely be considered by Barbara to be an act of love and caring. 


Barbara Herpich Bonforte, 76 of Oceanport, entered the Kingdom of Heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at home. Raised in Oceanport, Barbara was an active member of the community. Barbara enjoyed sailing with her parents and sister on the Shrewsbury River. She was a devoted member of Tower Hill Church where she was a Deacon, taught Sunday school and was involved in many committees. Barbara went on several teaching missions in the Dominican Republic and hosted Spanish exchange students for many years. She was a passionate, well-loved and admired teacher who taught in Massachusetts, Navajo Indians in Colorado, and retired after 33 years in the Rumson School District. Barbara was a member of the Oceanport Lion's Club, Brookdale's Holocaust Center Chhange, and various other Oceanport organizations. Barbara's love of living on the waterfront was evident in her nurturing of wildlife. She raised many animals including monarch butterflies, purple martins and many generations of ducks. Most of all, Barbara's first love was for her family and friends. Barbara and John hosted many social events and opened their home for people to gather and enjoy life.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Mildred Herpich and her sister, Kathie Joyce. Surviving are her husband, John M. Bonforte, Sr.; her sons and daughters-in-law, John Jr. and Katie Bonforte; Scott and Stephanie Attaway; her daughters and son-in-law, Kelly and Anthony McGowan; Kristin Attaway; 10 grandchildren, Reagan, Jack, Madison, Cooper, Jessica, Allison, A.J., John Michael, Robbie and Olivia and her great grandson, Mason.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tower Hill Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank, NJ 07701. 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Barbara J. Bonforte, please visit our floral store.


Celebration of Life
August 27, 2021

5:00 PM
Tower Hill First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank
255 Harding Road
RED BANK, NJ 07701

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