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Magdalena Bonilla, spa clerk and chef, dies

Magdalena Bonilla, a chef at Townhouse Tavern in Dupont Circle from the early 1990s until 2011, died June 7 at the Washington Home and Community Hospices in the District. She was 56.

She had breast cancer, said her daughter Claudia Herrera.

Mrs. Bonilla, a Washington resident, joined the now-defunct Spalon in 1998 as a spa maintenance clerk. Earlier, she was a chef at the former El Bodegon restaurant in Washington,

Magdalena Bonilla was born in Chapeltique, El Salvador. She moved to the United States in 1986 and became a U.S. citizen in 2011.

Her marriage to Coronado Herrera ended in divorce. Survivors include two daughters, Claudia Herrera of Washington and Blanca Bonilla of New Carrollton; and a granddaughter.

— Megan McDonough

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