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Patricia Donato

Patricia W. Donato (Williams)

Wednesday, February 28th, 1934 - Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
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Patricia Williams Donato, born Patricia Gay Williams to the late Ethel Rosemund “Ruby” Elrod and Dorsey Lee Williams, passed in her sleep Thursday morning January 2, 2020. Her husband Rico and sons Joe and Nick were at her bedside.
Born and raised in Pueblo, CO, Patty earned a BS in Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University and entered the Army upon graduation. While stationed at the Valley Forge Army Hospital she met Rico Donato to whom she was wed on October 2, 1960. Together they raised 3 sons in Parkerford, PA before retiring to North Cape May, New Jersey in 2006.
Pat is lovingly remembered by her husband Rico; sons, Christopher (Jenny) of Waconia, MN, Joseph (Audra) of Sinking Spring, PA, and Nicholas (Chie) of Yokahoma, Japan; grandchildren, Patric, Mia, Leon, Emily, Ruby and numerous extended family, lifelong friends and colleagues.
Pat lived a life of service as an OT in the Army and Chester County First Step Early Childhood Intervention, an OT and administrator for the State of Pennsylvania, and in retirement she volunteered at the hospital and health fairs. She maintained a lifelong love of learning, earning a Masters of Healthcare Administration from West Chester University in 1988, then transitioned to a career in healing arts studying at the Casey and Riley Institute in Virginia Beach, VA. Her latest learning endeavors included studying with her dream group and various offerings at the public library. She and Rico also enjoyed a simple cup of cappuccino while watching the evening ferries come and go in Cape May. She will be dearly missed.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 10 to 11 AM at the Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut Street, Denver, followed by funeral services at 11:00 AM. Interment will be private in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cape May County Library, Attention: Andrea Orsini, 30 Mechanic St., Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210 in memory of Pat Donato.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home
    533 Walnut Street
    Denver, PA 17517
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home
    533 Walnut Street
    Denver, PA 17517
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
    RR#2, Box 484
    Annville, PA 17003
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Donations are being accepted for: Cape May County Library-ATTN: Andrea Orsini.


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Posted at 11:26am
rico and sons,my deepest sympathy for your loss pat was a great person
denny dellaquila

Sue Small

Posted at 02:35pm
Pat will truly be missed, she was a wonderful person I learned many things from her in our dream group. In her gentle way she taught, advised and helped me gain insight into many things. Which I'm sure will continue in my dreams. As she once told me
"thanks for the memories" Till we meet again

Bob and Roseanne DeLucca

Posted at 10:50am
Dear Donato Family, You are our thoughts and prayers. We loved Pat so much but know that she will always be with us.
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Joan Quilligan

Posted at 11:35am
In our dream group everyone was identified as our person, belonging to the group, and to us, Pat was known as " Our Pat", part of the dream girls, part of us dreamers. We in the group are all "teachers" and "students" alike, we all dreamt and had the curiosity and inquisitiveness to try and listen, interpret and try and understand ourselves, each other and the world around us. Each with our own take and insight that sparked off other ways of seeing things around us. Pat was a great teacher to us, sharing her vast knowledge and contributing in delightful ways, not always evident to her, but done in a manner that often astonished us, with her vast dreamscapes and stories of where she traveled to when she closed her eyes and slept. Even though she has once again closed her eyes, no doubt her travels will not be any less colorful and adventurous. We look forward to seeing her in our dreams, where she is never far away.
Joan Quilligan.

Fran and Kristy Donato

Posted at 11:26am
We will miss Aunt Pat's smile and her laugh. She was a wonderful person! Wishing you all peace, comfort and courage to face the days ahead.
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