Donatucci, Frank E.
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Frank Ernest Donatucci (Tooch), 76 of Stamford, passed away suddenly on March 31st while on vacation in Venice, Florida. Frank was born in Erie, PA in 1937 to Lena Filipi and Vincent Donatucci and moved to Stamford in 1968. Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Kathleen Sabia Donatucci, his three children: daughter Kara Donatucci Pham , husband Michael Pham of Lancaster PA, his son Matthew Donatucci and wife Susana Ramery Donatucci of Bethel, CT, and daughter Jennifer Donatucci Conway , and husband Adam Conway of Schoharie, NY. He was adored by his five grandchildren, Isabella, Christian and Eric Donatucci and Cole and Connery Pham. He is also survived by his mother Lena Donatucci of Erie, sister Paula Praetzel, husband Robert of Erie and brother Dana, wife Joan of Roseville, Minnesota and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, brother Bernard and a son Daniel.
Frank was a graduate of Cathedral Prep in Erie, PA. He attended Christ the King Seminary and received his Bachelor's Degree from St Bonaventure University in Olean, NY , a Master's Degree from Fairfield University and a 6th year degree in guidance from Bridgeport University.
Frank was a very active member in the community. Upon coming to Stamford, he taught at Trinity Catholic High School and Turn of River Middle School. He retired from Westhill High School after 30 years where he was a guidance counselor, baseball, wrestling, soccer, and basketball coach. Frank was also a baseball umpire and wrestling official. He was member of the FCIAC. He was a devout Catholic and participated actively at St Leo's Church where he served as a Eucharistic minister and lector for many years and served as a coordinator for the RCIA Program. In 2013 he was honored with the Diocesan Bishop's St. Augustine Medal of Service Award. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer at Stamford's homeless shelter.
When it came to sports, Frank knew his baseball. He had a love for the game and a remarkable mind for baseball trivia. He also enjoyed playing golf with his wife and many friends and could amazingly recall their scores from past games.
Frank could always be heard singing or whistling a happy tune and was known for his bright and infectious smile and a way of making people feel special.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Lacerenza Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Family and friends will go directly to church on Saturday, April 12, 2014 for a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 AM at St. Leo's Church, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford.
In lieu of flowers donations made be made in Frank's memory to the
or the S June Smith Center (early intervention for babies with Down Syndrome or other disabilities, 600 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA. www.ourexcentia.org/donate.
Lacerenza Funeral Home Inc
8 Schuyler Ave
Stamford, CT 06902
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Apr. 10, 2014