Anthony Donato Obituary
The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Marine Corps never left him, as friends and family will attest. In his retirement, Anthony was extremely active and enjoyed time spent with his family. He was also a man of tremendous faith in God and his church, being a daily communicant at St. Vincent’s. As a collector of antiques, he loved old Americana and antique cars. He was witty had a great sense of humor, always telling a joke or two. Anthony also had a big heart and loved seeing the joy of Halloween and the fall season.
Her hobbies included bowling, cooking, watching soaps, and spending time with family and friends especially her grandchildren. Donato, age 75, died Saturday March 23, 2019 after a hard-fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Tony always dreamed of retiring to Florida so he could live life as if he were on an endless vacation. Eight years ago he was able to fulfill his dream, Tony and his wife Lillian moved to Crane Lakes in Port Orange, Florida in May of 2011; he called it paradise, and could not have been any happier. Besides his family, he was most proud of having served our great country in the United States Marine Corps.
Mr. Donato was a perfect example of a truly genuine person who welcomed all into his life. My heart is very heavy for all of you and I offer my deepest condolences. To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow.
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He was well versed in Madison history and was a member of the Madison Historical Society. He was a valuable resource when local information or photos were sought. Anthony enjoyed spending time reminiscing with old friends at the Central Lunch. Anthony J. Donato, Jr., a lifelong Madison resident, died peacefully on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in the loving embrace of his family. I’d like to thank the Donatos for making feel so welcome for all these years, like a part of the family.
He will be deeply missed by all that loved and knew him. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one. I wanted to send my condolences to all of you. The article in the Chicago Tribune was very moving and described a man who loved life and his family. Barbara, I was very suprized and saddened to hear of your husbands death.Sometimes the right words are so hard to come by. I hope your daughters and grandchildren are taking good care of you.
- Tony passed away Friday July 2, 2010 at his residence with loving wife Pat by his side.
- He had a vast collection of historical photos and films from Madison.
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- He was a talented professional systems administrator in the semiconductor industry and had a passion for restoring cars.
In addition to his parents, Anthony was preceded in death by his beloved brother, James Donato, Sr. & James’ wife, Peggy Donato; and one granddaughter, Sarah Sacco. Son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, at peace at last. Tony was a kind, loving soul who was devoted to his family and friends.
I’m grateful for the warm, loving friendship I’ve enjoyed all these years and for all the years to come. Donato family- No words can express my sarrow for your loss. My fondest memories of my childhood, include times with Tony and the rest of the Donato family. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory ofAnthony P Donato, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Tony passed away Friday July 2, 2010 at his residence with loving wife Pat by his side. Tony was born on July 2, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Joseph and Josephine Donato. Tony grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from the Brooklyn City School system in 1955 before entering in the United States Air Force later that year. After serving for four years he attended New York Community College and received his bachelor’s degree. Later he attended The Ohio State University and received a second B.S.
Ruby K. Donato of Kenosha, Wisconsin
He left behind three children he treasured, Heather Wood and husband, Tyrone, Robin Varela and husband, Vincent, and Anthony Donato. He was blessed with six grandchildren, Vincent, Alina, Elijah, Tyrone, Avery, and Jacob who were the light of his life. He also leaves behind his brother, Edward Donato; sister, Arlynn Collard; mother, Mary Donato; and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents Gustave Dickow and Alma Johnson, husband Anthony “Tony” Donato, beloved grandson Jonathan, brothers Gus, Dick, Merlin, Jerry and sister Trudy.
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Tony worked for the Department of Defense for over 30 years and then was with Lockheed Martin for 5 years. Tony enjoyed reading and playing golf, but what meant the world to him was his family. Family and friends may call at the Schoedinger Northeast Chapel 1051 E. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of the Resurrection building fund in his name. Ruby was born on October 24, 1951 in Waukesha, WI, the daughter of the late Gustave and Alma Johnso-Dickow. She was educated in the schools of Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, WI. Ruby was employed at Abbott Labs for many years.
It is with deep, deep sadness and sympathy to have learned of Tony’s passing. Working with him for the better part of the last eight years has taught me a lot about life and about people as well as the plumbing and drainage business. Tony was a wonderful man, and I will miss him very much. Please accept my condolences to you and your family.