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Updated: 02/23/2014 08:00:00AM

Margaret Bongiovi

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Margaret “Marge” Bongiovi, 86, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.

Marge was born Sept. 10, 1927, in New Brunswick, N.J., and moved to Sarasota County, Fla., in 1979.

She and her husband Charles owned “Marge and Chick’s Sweetshop” in New Brunswick for many years. Marge was a beautiful, smart, fun-loving person who enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, dancing, drinking, laughing, playing the ponies and the seashore. She loved cats and dogs, and saved her share of baby birds and squirrels. She helped raise her three grandsons, whom she adored. Marge will be greatly missed by those who loved her.

She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Charles; three daughters, Susan (Ralph) Zimmerman, Robin (Jim Musselman) Bongiovi and Margaret (Vince) Grace; grandsons, Jonathan (Shannon) Koch, Stuart Sinclair and Thomas (Caitie Cahoo) Sinclair; and four great-grandchildren, Jude, River and Iris Koch, and Aubree Cahoo-Sinclair. Marge was preceded in death by her son, Charles Ross; parents, John Roeder and Marjorie Starkey; brother, John Alfred Roeder; and three sisters, Dorothy Kartanowicz, Carol Covino and Virginia Aldrich.

No services will be held. Her passing was made easier by the comfort and care of the Tidewell Hospice House in Englewood, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice.

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