New London - Elizabeth (Dowling) Donatelli, 85, of New London, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Mystic Rehabilitation and Care Center in Mystic, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born at home in Preston, on April 4, 1929, the daughter of John and Mary (Howarth) Dowling. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Edward Donatelli, in 1974.
Mrs. Donatelli attended Norwich Free Academy and graduated in 1947. She had been employed as a clerk for the department of the Navy.
She is survived by two sons, Michael J. Keefe (Jung) of Seoul, Korea, and Richard E. Donatelli Jr. of New London; three daughters, Patricia Leroy (Paul) of New London, Susan E. Hirt (Ken) of Preston, and Theresa V. Donatelli (Mike) of Pawcatuck; a brother, Thomas Dowling of Olalla, Wash.; and a sister, Patricia A. Filburn of Ledyard. She has ten grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; a granddog, Gunny; and grandcat, Peanut.
She was predeceased by a son, Robert A. Keefe III; a brother, John Dowling; a grandson, Patrick L. Hirt; and a granddog, Ben.
Her greatest joys in life were being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, in St. Joseph Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Smilow Cancer Center, P.O. Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-0611 or to the Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168.
Her family is very grateful to the caregivers at Smilow Cancer Center, Mystic Rehabilitation and Care Center, Lighthouse Home Care and Beacon Hospice.
Condolence messages may be left on Mrs. Donatelli's memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com