Dennis Bonelli

Died: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 01, 2017
Location: Union Location

Funeral Mass

10:15 AM Sat., Dec. 02, 2017
Location: St. Michael Church (Union)


11:30 AM Sat., Dec. 02, 2017
Location: Gate of Heaven Cemetery

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Dennis Bonelli, 66, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in Summit, NJ.

Funeral is from the Galante Funeral Home, 2800 Morris Ave. Union on Saturday at 9:00 AM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael Church in Union at 10:15 AM. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. Visitation is on Friday from 4 - 8PM at the funeral home.

 Dennis was born in Newark and grew up in East Orange and West Orange before moving to Union, NJ. He graduated from West Orange High School and went on to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, before obtaining a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Seton Hall University. 

Dennis began his Law Enforcement career as an Investigator with the Union County Prosecutors Office. In 1986 he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent. Dennis was a protector of others, a trait that shone particularly brightly on 9/11/2001, when he was a First Responder. It takes a special kind of person to run into danger instead of away from it, and Dennis was a special person. 

After retiring, Dennis was trained at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) as a pastry chef; his other interests included leatherwork, fencing, and horseback riding. He was a passionate and fierce friend, forming lifelong relationships wherever he went. Dennis also had the privilege of being part of a second family, the Littmans, who he loved and who loved him like a brother and a son; their “fifth son.” 

He is survived by his brother, William R. Bonelli Jr., and his wife, Lynne Bonelli; the love of his life, Susan Querques, and her daughters, Alexis and Sara; his Aunt, Anne D. Engelmann; loving cousins, and countless friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. William Bonelli and Grace Bonelli. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: and

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Michael A. Ratta
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
My condolences to your family. May god bless Dennis and your family. Michael A. Ratta, Squad C-23, FBI New York.

Donald McCormick
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
Rets in Peace Dennis

Mark Chidichimo
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
So sorry to hear of Dennis' passing. My condolences to his family. Mark Chidichimo, Squad I-24, NYO

Pat Perkins
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
To the Bonelli Family,

My condolences to you on the loss of Dennis. May he rest in peace.

Pat Perkins
FBI-Security Unit

Roseann Stockman
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
Rest in Peace Dennis!! We are so shocked to hear about your passing. Deepest Sympathy goes out to his family.

Karen Lajterman
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
Moe and I had the privilege to spend time with Dennis and Susan. Great guy and so interesting to talk to. We will miss him. Our prayers go out to the family, especially Sue and the girls. Very sad.

Michael Ciavarella
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
My condolences to your family, I will always remember Dennis as a good caring man, a great conversationalist with a witty well place joke.

Bob Mahoney
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
My sincere sympathy to the family. I worked closely with Dennis in the NYO in the 1990's and following 9/11. A good man. Rest in peace Dennis.

Steve Wagner
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
RIP Dennis cannot believe chatted only last month. Your friend from Special Operations.

Mr. & Mrs. Jan and Catherine Voigts
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
I have not seen Dennis for some years now, and I am so deeply sorry to learn of his passing. More than anything else, professionally, Dennis was thoroughly and completely dedicated to becoming an Agent with the Bureau, and we were all so very proud and happy for him when his goal was achieved. Dennis is a man of integrity, and always a bright light to any room he entered. I am sure he is brightening the halls of heaven now even more than they were without him. Please accept our deepest condolences as we will keep Dennis and the family in our prayers.

Nick and Lori Rizzo
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
Dear Sue, Billy and Lynne,

We are so sorry for your loss.
Dennis will be remembered lovingly in our
hearts and we are so thankful for the times we were able to spend with him.
A wonderful cousin but also a true friend.
We share your sorrow and pray for your comfort at this difficult time.
Much love, Nick and Lori

Madeline Rodriguez
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017
To the Bonelli Family:

My depest and sincere condolences. I worked with Dennis in NYO in the 90's and he was a beautiful person with a good heart and a good friend. I will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace and God Bless you and your family.

Madeline Rodriguez

DeChantel Bahr
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017


Always in my heart dearest friend. Love, Dee

Jeff Unger
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017
It was an honor to be your friend. Rest in peace Dennis, you will always be in my heart.

Christopher D. Munger
   Posted Sat December 02, 2017
Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. I knew Dennis when we both served in the NYO. He was an excellent agent and a real gentleman.

Judith Thompson
   Posted Sun December 03, 2017
To Sue, Alexis, Sara and the Bonelli Family,

May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

My sincere condolences and love,

Judith Thompson and family

George and Baiba Boyle
   Posted Mon December 04, 2017
It was a great pleasure knowing Dennis. May he Rest In Peace.

Charles Greer
   Posted Thu December 07, 2017
My condolences to the family. Dennis was a unique individual, he will be missed.

   Posted Tue December 12, 2017
Such a tremendous loss. No words can express how much Dennis was to us and for all he’s done in such a short time we’ve known you. It was an honor to have known you. RIP and God bless you Dennis.


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