VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Maria Donato died Friday, Jan. 30, at Westchester Medical Center. Maria was born on Aug. 19, 1920, in Marcellinara, Calabria, Italy. She met and married Luigi Donato. They moved, with their two sons, to Pleasantville, where they had a third son.
Maria worked at Aunt Millie’s sauce factory for many years before retiring. She loved to cook, garden, play the harmonica and spend time w her family.
Maria is survived by her three sons Saverio (Italia) of Milan, Italy, Joseph (Caterina) of Thornwood and Frank (Judy ) of Pleasantville. She is also survived by her grandchildren Lionello Donato and Lorretta Mollica of Italy; Maria Grasso, Miguele Donato, Lynn Murray Michael Donato and Kristina Brennan; and her cherished great-grandchildren Sophia and Greta Donato, Daphne and Stella Mollica, Madison and William Murray, Kyle and Haley Donato, and Lila and Declan Brennan; her brother, Alfred Torchia; and sisters Angela Cottini and Lydia Marcella. Maria was predeceased by her sister Giovanna and brothers Anthony Victor and Salvatore Torchia.
A special thank-you to Liz Torchia Luongo, who had a special bond with our mother; we will always be grateful for your love.
Visitation will Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 5-9 p.m. at Beecher Flooks Funeral Home Inc. in Pleasantville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at Holy Innocents Church, Pleasantville. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in White Plains.
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