Vincent Bonanno, 76, a retired maker of orthopedic shoes at the old U.S. Soldiers' Home, died of an aneurysm Thursday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.
Mr. Bonanno had lived in the area since 1922, when he came to the United States from his native Sicily, A shoemaker by trade, he operated his own hsop from 1935 until 1951. In that year he moved to the Soldiers' Home, now the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home, where he specialized in orthopedic shoes.
Beginning in the early 1930s, Mr. Bonanno and his three brothers formed a musical quartet. Vincent Bonanno sang and played the guitar, Antonio also played guitar and Joseph and Charles played the mandolin.
The group played at churches, dances, benefits and on local radio stations. They continued until the death of Charles Bonanno in 1961.
Mr. Bonanno was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring. He also belonged to Roma Lodge of the Order of the Sons of Italy.
Survivors include his wife, Laura, of the home in Silver Spring; three sons, Placido S., of Bethesda, Thomas B., of Rockville, and Joseph A., of Silver Spring; two brothers, Joseph A., and Antonio, both of Silver Spring; a sister, Rose Segerstrom, of Huntingtown, Md., and two grandchildren.