Bonvechio family bids goodbye to faithful Nana Van minivan with obit

Norma Bonvechio of New Philadelphia laughs as she reminisces about the family's trusty 1998 Chrysler Town & Country LXi, affectionately dubbed, the "Nana Van." She said, "It's like we lost the family dog!"
  • The Bonvechio family owned a Chrysler minivan, dubbed the “Nana Van,” for 25 several years.
  • The loved ones utilized it to stop by relatives, go on spouse and children vacations and haul home furnishings.
  • The van was junked on Feb. 2 with 324,151 miles on the odometer.

NEW PHILADELPHIA ‒ The Bonvechio‘s beloved Nana Van went for its very last generate earlier this month.

The van, a champagne pearl 1998 Chrysler City & Nation LXi minivan with 324,151 miles on the odometer, headed to Speedie Automobile Salvage close to Dover, where it was junked on Feb. 2.

A single of the mounts beneath the hood had rusted by way of. The engine experienced slid about and was leaning up versus the fuse box. It was no lengthier harmless to generate.

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The 25-calendar year-aged automobile had initial been acquired by Norma and Gene Bonvechio of New Philadelphia for their 50th marriage anniversary. Right after they place 141,000 miles on it, they gave it to their son Todd, then a masonry instructor at Buckeye Occupation Heart. He put the remaining 180,000-as well as miles on the van.

A picture of the the Bonvechio family's trusty 1998 Chrysler Town & Country LXi before it became undriveable.

To the Bonvechios, the Nana Van was a lot more than just a automobile. It was a portion of their lives for a quarter of a century. It seems in many of their household photos. Todd named it following Norma, who is regarded by the family members as Nana.

When Todd informed his mom that he took the van to the junkyard, “I experienced some tears, and I assume he did, far too,” Norma stated. “It’s like getting rid of an aged family good friend.”