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Official Obituary of

Martin Mendez Bonilla

November 26, 1978 ~ February 15, 2024 (age 45) 45 Years Old
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Martin Mendez Bonilla Obituary

Martin Mendez Bonilla

November 26, 1978  - February 15, 2024

Martin Mendez died at 45 years old at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born in El Salvador on November 26, 1978. He grew up in El Salvador and then moved to the United States. He spent many years in Morristown, NJ and lived his last years in Pittsburgh, PA where he met and married his one and only loving wife in 2023. He spent some time in some other locations like California with family and friends. 

Martin believed in the Lord, Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, but mostly prayed in his own privacy and in his own home with his spouse. He used to attend church regularly and because of struggling with substance use disorder and its social life, he thought of changing his life before returning to church. After meeting his spouse, in his last days, he attended church on special occasions as he was rebuilding his spiritual life, but mostly he always prayed and enjoyed God’s presence with his wife. At home he enjoyed watching movies and listening to music, including Christian movies and music in addition to regular entertaining or romantic media. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed social media. He would cook for his spouse when he found her too busy and make jokes while doing work at home. He made delicious foods, including Hispanic foods and he enjoyed eating food from Zimbabwe and made-up recipes that his wife made – he loved to eat a variety of foods and one of his favorite foods was pupusas. 

Martin went to school up to elementary level. When in USA he began to learn English and had a great interest in proceeding to High School after ESL classes. He worked various jobs and one of the jobs he held was at an Italian restaurant. Later he began doing construction and he was a highly skilled construction worker that worked at various houses in NJ and then in Pittsburgh areas. Although struggling with his past life, he fought to make good changes in his life and left remarkable marks of faith amid trials. He shared a unique great love with his wife, and had strong love for his son, mother, and siblings. He was widely known for his friendships and kindness gestures by many friends, acquittances and strangers. His greatest goal was to change his life and live for God and to have a forever love and union with his God-given spouse, thereby to be closer to his family and honor God himself. 

Martin is survived by his wife, Marilyn W. Shumba (Mrs. Mendez) and one son, Elmer Lopez Mendez. He was close to his mother Ester Bonilla, and he leaves behind 7 loving siblings, Jose, Arely, Fatima, Mirna, Brian in USA and two older brothers in El Salvador. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Jetrudis Mendez. He gave the gift of life as a donor via his wife and other family to save lives. Family and friends viewed his body on life support, and participated in praise, worship, and prayers. A private funeral was held on February 17th, as a home gathering (celebration of his life) at his in-laws’ house with his siblings, in-laws, and his wife. Other ceremony - memorial preparations are still in progress. Memorial cards can be given via family members.






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