Mrs. Denise Dian Buonanno of Westfield, IN passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at her home. Denise was born on April 20, 1955 in Lebanon, IN to the late LaMar and Rose Marie (Lambert) Ferguson.  She married the love of her life, Dr. Aldo Buonanno at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lebanon on April 8, 1978.  Denise’s family lived in Sheridan, IN until 1965 when they moved to Lebanon to be near relatives. She attended Harney Elementary School, Lebanon Junior High School and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1973.


In her youth, Denise loved to sing and was an active Concert Choir member involved in school musical productions. Being an avid LHS basketball fan, she loved participating in the school’s cheer block. She was a faithful member of the Lebanon First Baptist Church.  She held a strong connection with Lebanon throughout her life, never failing to stop by her favorite restaurant, the Milky Way, during visits to town.


Denise graduated from Indiana University in 1975 with an Associate degree in Occupational Therapy. She was employed by Noble Schools in Indianapolis from 1975 to 1978. Denise moved with Aldo to Newport, Rhode Island in 1978, where he was stationed with the United States Navy. They then relocated to Noblesville, Indiana in 1981. They raised four children and have continued to live in the Indianapolis suburbs ever since.


Denise loved shopping, drinking fountain Coca Colas, watching shows with her family, and listening to music. She loved hearing her musical family sing and play a multitude of instruments. She was an avid Colts fan and rarely missed watching a game. Celebrating holidays, especially Christmas, played an important part in her life. She loved her family dearly. Connecting with family and friends via telephone made Denise happy. Denise and her husband loved to travel. Memorable trips include Ireland, Israel, Alaska, Canada, Europe, and Puerto Rico.  Denise was a wife, mother, sister, friend to many and will be dearly missed.


Survivors include her loving husband of 42 years, Dr. Aldo Buonanno of Westfield; her four children, Nathan (Christie) Buonanno of Carmel; Nicholas (Amy) Buonanno of Fishers; Noah (Jasmine Lu) Buonanno of Westfield; and Laura (Adam) Isaacson of Indianapolis. She is survived by six grandsons, James, Garrett, Jaden, Isaiah, Milo, and Patrick Buonanno. Also, she is survived by her sister, Portia (Hon. J. Jeffrey) Edens, two nephews Pastor Clay ( Lucy) Edens of St. Paul, MN and Clark (Edye) Edens of Indianapolis, and three great-nephews. Her family also includes relatives in Rhode Island and numerous cousins in Boone, County, IN and Elizabethtown, Kentucky.


Due to Covid-19, the funeral service will be held privately in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon, St., Lebanon. You are invited to visit the website where you may sign Denise’s on-line registry to leave a personal message. Memorial gifts may be sent to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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