Donato J. Larotonda

Donato J. Larotonda

Donato J. Larotonda, 76, a lifelong resident of the Wilmington area died on December 11, 2013.

Dan was one of ten children born to Anthony and Angelina Larotonda. He served in the National Guard and was a member of American Legion Post #28. Dan spent his entire career in the electrical/mechanical field - working for the DuPont Company, and also in his own business. From childhood, he was an avid gardener - raising fig and lemon trees as well as heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan; their daughter and son-in-law, Joan M. and James C. Scholl, Sr.; his grandson, James C. Scholl, Jr.; and 4 sisters: Theresa Grothaus, Mary Farnan, Carmella Choma and Christine Mitchell.

Following Dan's wishes, the funeral service will be held privately. To honor Dan's love of animals, the family requests sending a donation in his memory to Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804 or any shelter which provides humane treatment of animals. Messages of condolence may be sent to

Published in The News Journal from Dec. 14 to Dec. 16, 2013