Martha Elizabeth Sanfacon

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Martha E. “Bonnie” Sanfacon, 83, of Vienna, VA passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2022. Born October 20, 1939, in Pittston, PA to Joseph F. and Martha E. (Shulde) Hoffman, Bonnie was the second of seven children. Bonnie attended St. Cecelia’s Elementary School, St. Ann’s Academy and Marywood College (University). Having graduated from Marywood College with a B.A. degree cum laude in Mathematics and minors in Latin and Secondary Education, she then moved to Washington, DC in 1961 and began working for the Central Intelligence Agency. She met Thomas J. “Tom” Sanfacon while he was teaching a computer training course she attended. She married Tom on July 27, 1963.They moved to Sterling, VA in 1964 and then to Vienna, VA in 1969 where they raised their three children. She was a loving, caring and deeply generous mother and wife. After spending time at home with her children, she returned to work at the Central Intelligence Agency in 1982 as a computer programmer. Retirement found Bonnie and Tom (or B and T, as they fondly called each other) enjoying travelling to places such as Hawaii, Bermuda, U.K., Ireland and a Danube River cruise. She was meticulous about her home, lawn and gardens. She relished her time outside caring for her plants and watching and feeding all of the birds and animals that visited her gardens. Bonnie enjoyed helping others by volunteering her time and resources to various church and community programs. It was her very deep faith and a devotion to praying for others that nurtured her.

Bonnie is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Tom Sanfacon of Vienna, VA; their children, Ann Sanfacon of Vienna, VA; Mark Sanfacon (Melissa) of Centreville, VA and Keith Sanfacon of Herndon, VA; four nomadic grandchildren, Nicholas Bomgardner, Brittney Sanfacon, Megan Sanfacon and Adam Sanfacon; four sisters, Ann Cotter of Dairen, CT, Mary Frances Horvath of Havertown, PA, Elizabeth Hoffman of Ardmore, PA and Joan Blaum (James) of Shavertown, PA; two sisters-in-law, Kathy Mabry of New Port Rickey, FL and Margery Hoffman of Wellsboro, PA; and many precious nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Joseph Hoffman and Paul Hoffman.

Visitation will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Road SE, Vienna, VA 22182, on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. A funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment at Flint Hill Cemetery will follow the mass.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association (, Second Story-an organization that provides services for children in crisis ( or the charity of your choice. Online condolences and fond memories of Bonnie may be offered to the family at

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  1. So many wonderful memories of my cousins the Hoffman’s, their home and parents always welcoming a visit from the Gaughan’s. Our mother, Margaret, and “Aunt Martha” were like sisters. Our mother was Bonnie’s godmother. Growing up we did cringe a bit when our mother would refer to those wonderful Hoffman girls. It seems they had achieved some mythic perfection to which the Gaughan girls could only aspire. Nonetheless, we were all very fond of one another. Despite time and distance this affection continues. We are deeply saddened by Bonnie’s death. May she rest In Peace and rise in glory.
    Rosemari Gaughan Sullivan

  2. I grew up down the street from the Sanfacon family. Great neighbors! Mrs Sanfacon taught me to macrame and I have a Santa she made that hangs on my door each year… still.
    Fun picture attached from one of their famous tailgaters! So sorry for your loss.

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