MANCHESTER - Donna Lynn Decato, 52, of North Berwick, Maine, and Manchester, passed away Feb. 4, 2013,at Concord Hospital surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on Feb. 27, 1960, in Manchester, the daughter of Walter and Louise (Dutton) Buswell. Donna graduated from Merrimack High School in 1978.
She served in the U.S. military from 1978 to 1981 and was so proud to be a veteran. She was chaplain for the American Legion, and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in North Berwick, Maine. Donna was also serving as Post sergeant-at-arms of the Quint-Cheney Post No. 87.
Donna loved life and was kind and caring to everyone she met. Her family meant everything to her. She was truly an "angel" on this earth. Her beautiful spirit will remain in our hearts forever.
She was predeceased by her father, Walter Buswell in 2000 and her stepfather, Edward Gazda in 2011. She is survived by her husband, Richard Decato Jr., her children, Richard Decato III, Michael Decato, and Katie Perez, all of North Berwick, Maine; her mother, Louise Gazda and sister, Sharon Buswell of Manchester; her brother, Timothy Buswell of Wells, Maine, and her beloved grandchildren, Ayden, Madison, and Emilia who brought so much happiness to her life. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and her many friends.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Broketa and the oncology staff at the VA Hospital in Manchester for the excellent care given to Donna during her illness.
SERVICES: A gathering will be held at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St., Manchester on Saturday, Feb. 9, at noon with a celebration of life at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Donna to the VA Medical Center, Women Veterans General Post Fund, 718 Smyth Road, Manchester, 03104.
Phaneuf Funeral Homes
243 Hanover Street Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Feb. 7, 2013