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Josephine Donato May 1, 1923 - May 21, 2015

She passed away peacefully at the age of 92 in Santa Ynez, Ca, with her daughters by her side. She was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. She later married and moved to San Pedro in 1955 where she settled with her family and lived for 30- years. Before she married she contributed to the war effort by working in a factory where she had the tedious assignment of polishing lenses for submarine telescopes. When she moved to San Pedro, for a short period of time she worked at Star Kist Cannery on Terminal Island. For the greater part of her life she concentrated her attentions on rearing her family. When she fulfilled her job as mother and homemaker, she retired and moved to Santa Barbara County to be with her eldest daughter where she lived for her next 30 years. Her home in Santa Ynez was her final stop before her journey home to God. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and a void has been left in the lives of those who loved her, both family and friends alike. She is survived by her five daughters, Patricia Donato, Santa Ynez, Ca; Jane Walker, Fallbrook, Ca; Diane Pakula, Chino Hills, Ca; Joyce Bennett, Norco, Ca, and Linda Donato, Costa Mesa, Ca. She was also blessed with six grandchildren: Andrea Pakula, Jennifer Depold, William Coffey, Chelsea Bennett, Morgan Bennett and Jake Bennett. And three great grandchildren; Liam Coffey, Ethan Coffey and Pippa Depold. A Memorial Mass will be offered on Thursday, June 11 in San Pedro at Holy Trinity Church at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, you may give a tax deductable donation in her memory to Atterdag Care Center, addressed to: Ruthie Kitzman c/o Atterdag Care Center, 636 Atterdag Road, Solvang, Calif. 93463-2604. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com.
Published in Daily Breeze on June 8, 2015
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