MURRELL'S INLET, S.C. - August C. "Augie" Di Donna, 81, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013, at his second home in Murrell's Inlet, S.C.
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Born in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Anthony J. and Mary Caruso
Di Donna. Augie, as he was known, graduated from St. Joseph's Academy and received his bachelor's degree from Siena College.
A veteran of the Korean War, he served in the Navy aboard the USS Worcester.
He was employed as chief auditor for the New York State Department of Labor, a job he held for more than 25 years, and at the same time cooked for his family's restaurant, Di Donna's on Saratoga Lake.
He was married to the late Hilda Jean Parker Di Donna.
A longtime Saratoga Lake resident, he lived in Murrell's Inlet for the past six years.
Augie was an usher at his church, St. Mary's in Ballston Spa; a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW and B.P.O.E.; as well as a member longstanding at Italian Fraternal Hall in Mechanicville.
Augie was a kind and gentle man who was as generous as they get. Cooking was his passion. Even from his wheelchair, he would create appetizing dishes for family and friends. Augie liked playing cards and, occasionally, games of chance during his leisure time.
Besides his beloved wife, Hilda, he was predeceased by his daughter, Darlene Di Donna, in 2008; and brothers, Angelo and Anthony Di Donna.
Survivors include his loving daughter, Debora Di Donna and her husband, Michael Kinisky, of Stillwater; two cherished grandchildren, Kevin Heritage and Angel Peltola and her fiancé, Christopher Norton; and two great-grandchildren, Zane August Parker Di Donna and Vincent Norton. Augie also leaves behind his dear brother and best friend, Joseph Di Donna and his wife, Amy, of Saratoga Springs; and his companion, Diane Joslin Gabriels. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Road, Scotia, N.Y., followed at 11 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, 178 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, with the Rev. Thomas Kelly officiating.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Glenville Funeral Home.
Interment will take place at Gerald B.H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, N.Y., with a committal service at 1:30 p.m.
Leave online condolences at www.glenvillefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Saratogian on May 5, 2013