The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Obituaries

January 31, 2014

Dan P. DiDonato

ASHTABULA — Lifelong Ashtabula resident, Dan P. DiDonato, age 91, passed away peacefully Thursday Jan. 30, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Ashtabula on Aug. 5, 1922, the devoted son of Carl and Esther (Fuschino) DiDonato. He was a 1941 graduate of Ashtabula High School.

In December of 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army. On June 2, 1943, in New Orleans, he married Ruth M. Beckman, his loving and devoted wife of the past 70 years. Two months after his marriage he was deployed to Europe where he was stationed for over 2 years until his honorable discharge in December of 1945.

Dan worked as a car inspector on the railroad for over 40 years until his retirement from Conrail in 1982.

For Dan, his family was his life. He made spaghetti dinners every Sunday for the past 70 years; and could never spend enough time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But the person he enjoyed spending time with the most was his loving wife, Ruth, of over 70 years. Lovingly known as “Papa D” he never missed one of his grandkids functions or sporting events. He enjoyed wine making, gardening, gambling, and all kinds of music. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Janice (Terry) Miggo; son, Dan (Liz) DiDonato; grandchildren, Dylann (Claudia) DeAnna, Jason (Dina) DiDonato, Aaron (Anna) DeAnna, Danielle (Larry) Fowler, Dustin DiDonato and Cory DiDonato; and his great-grandchildren, Sean, Jessie, Emily, Alex, Angelina, MaiChun and Maikhil; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Joseph, Anthony and Carl DiDonato; and his sister, Caroline Millick.

Calling Hours will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1st, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at POTTI FUNERAL HOME, 1329 Lake Ave., Ashtabula. Funeral Services will begin at 12 Noon, with Fr. Ernesto Rodriguez officiating. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve or Saving our Strays Cat Shelter in Dan's name; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

CZUP FUNERAL SERVICES is handling the arrangements for the family. Obituary and condolences at www.starbeacon.com.

 

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Madalyn L. Bartone Madalyn L. Bartone

    Madalyn L. (Notte) Bartone, longtime resident of Conneout, Ohio and most recently Pittsburgh, Pa., died Thursday July 17, 2014, on her 97th birthday.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Geraldine L. Russell Geraldine L. Russell

    Geraldine L. Russell, age 84, of Lockwood St., passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at Rae-Ann Geneva Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sandra J. Greene

    Sandra Jean Greene (Neer - Smith), of Aurora, Ohio, was born on May 30, 1939. Her beautiful journey in this life ended on Saturday, July 12, 2014, with her children by her side.

    July 19, 2014

  • James W. McKee James W. McKee

    James Wade McKee Sr., age 83, of Plymouth Township, died Thursday evening, July 17, 2014.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Christine R. Lamont Christine R. Lamont

    Christine Rose (Reo) Lamont, age 57, of Marshall, Mich., died from cancer on Wednesday July 16, 2014, at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Mich.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charles C. Mullins Charles C. Mullins

    Charles C. “Jack” Mullins, age 74, died on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Barbara A. Dragon Barbara A. Dragon

    Barbara Ann Dragon, age 64, of Myrtle Ave., Ashtabula, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alden C. Hall Jr. Alden C. Hall Jr.

    Alden C. Hall Jr., age 64, of North Kingsville, Ohio, died Wednesday evening, July 16, 2014, at Ashtabula County Medical Center, Ashtabula, Ohio.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Richard R. Hawkins Sr. Richard R. Hawkins Sr.

    Richard R. Hawkins Sr., age 80, of Champion, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Earl E. Hensel Earl E. Hensel

    Earl E. Hensel, age 93 of Madison, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Matthew R. Stutler Matthew R. Stutler

    Matthew Ray Stutler, age 40, formerly of Kinsman, died on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at his home from an unexpected illness.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • John P. Clements Jr. John P. Clements Jr.

    John “Jack” Paul Clements Jr., age 86, of Huntersville, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donald C. Wood Donald C. Wood

    Donald C. Wood, age 79, of West Covina, Calif., passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donald L. Tietz Donald L. Tietz

    Donald Lee Tietz, age 84, of Geneva, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Sunday, July 13, 2014, in the Hospice Unit of the Ashtabula County Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Linda Prieto Linda Prieto

    Linda Prieto (Kahelin), age 65, a resident of Moss Beach, Calif., passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roberta Yates-Phipps Roberta Yates-Phipps

    Roberta Yates Phipps, age 63, died suddenly Thursday, July 10, 2014, at her home in Greensboro, N.C.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bryan E. Cooke

    Bryan E. Cooke, age 56, of Valley View Boulevard, Ashtabula, Ohio, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Carington Park Nursing Home in Ashtabula after a long illness.

    July 14, 2014

  • Dorothy M. Griffis Dorothy M. Griffis

    Dorothy “Dot” Mae Griffis, age 86, of Albion, passed away at St. Vincent Health Center on Saturday, July 12, 2014.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • John C. Baldwin Sr. John C. Baldwin Sr.

    John C. Baldwin Sr., age 90, of Beloit, Wis. and formerly of Ashtabula, Ohio, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday July 5, 2014, in Beloit, Wis., surrounded by his family.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lorena O. Williams Lorena O. Williams

    Lorena O. Williams, age 94, of Andover, Ohio, died Friday, July 11, 2014, at Andover Village Retirement Community.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video