Louis Joseph Donato
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AGE: 69 • Middletown
Louis Joseph Donato, 69, of Middletown, died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank surrounded by his family and friends. Louis owned Art Floral Shoppe with the love of his life, his wife Susan. He was a hard worker, he loved landscaping and crafting beautiful gardens. His passion was for music and playing guitar. Lou loved life and thoroughly enjoyed being the life of the party. He was extremely funny and he loved to dance and 50's Rock and Roll. He loved cars, going to antique car shows, and camping. His greatest achievement, aside from his family, was when he designed a float for FTD, for the 1972 Rose Parade, named "Aquarius", and he won the grand prize for design. He also loved listening to and calling Big Joe Henry on 101.5 FM. Lou was a wonderful, caring, funny man and his love for his grandkids knew no bounds.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Susan Donato; his son and daughter-in-law, Louis and Elizabeth Donato; his daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Anthony Petracca; his 6 grandchildren, Emily Elizabeth Donato, Abigail Faith Donato, Clayton Joseph Donato, Hannah Linnea Donato, Sarah Linnea Donato, and Anthony Michael Petracca; and his sister, Joanne Izzo.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Katherine Donato.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 121 Bridge Ave., Red Bank. All funeral arrangements are under the direction of John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Rd., Middletown. For more information, to send condolences or for directions, please visit www.pflegerfh.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2014
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home
115 Tindall Road Middletown, NJ 07748