Donna A. Shipalowski of Easton, formerly of Readville (Hyde Park), passed away Oct. 9, after a 4-year battle with cancer. Donna was 67 years old. She was the loving wife of Vincent Shipalowski with whom she would have celebrated their 44th anniversary Oct. 19th. She was the beloved mother of Jason Shipalowski and his wife Alicia of Sharon and Susan Shipalowski of Easton and her fiance John Collins of Ireland who she was thrilled to soon call her son-in-law. Donna was the sister of Joseph Murray and his girlfriend Rose of Maine and Florida and Bobby Murray of Florida. Mrs. Shipalowski is also survived by many dear friends and relatives. Donna was born April 22, 1946, in Malden and was the daughter of the late Joseph L. and Clare G. Murray. She was a 1964 graduate of Hyde Park High School. In 1971, Donna and Vincent moved to Easton, a town Donna loved and was proud to call home. Mrs. Shipalowski worked as a hostess at the Town Spa Restaurant in Stoughton and she was always complimented on her style as she had a keen fashion sense and was always dressed well. Her beautiful blonde hair was always done right and Donna enjoyed shopping at Talbots. She loved her family, and loved to take daytrips to the Maine Coast. Donna was talented with her flower garden and enjoyed working in the yard, making her home that she loved so much, so beautiful. Always looking up recipes for home cooking and studying the Food Network is something her children and husband will always remember. What her family will remember most though, is a simple phrase that Donna always advised, Be kind. She will always be loved and cherished for how kind of a lady she was and for what her future son-in-law would recall, having the hard fighting spirit of a true Bostonian. Visitation will take place Monday, Oct. 14, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Copeland-MacKinnon Funeral Home, 38 Center St., Easton. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Easton. Interment will take place in Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton. Online condolences may be made at www.mackinnonfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Donna A. Shipalowski to the Metastatic Breast Cancer Association at www.metavivor.org or Hope Health Hospice.
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Published in The Enterprise on Oct. 12, 2013