Donna Lee (Holt) Siemiatkoski, 55, of Windsor, wife of Eugene C. Siemiatkoski, died on Monday, (August 6, 2001) at home. Born February 16, 1946 in Hartford, and married June 22, 1968 at Grace United Methodist Church in Southington, she was the daughter of the late Raymond L. and Mary Adella (Simpson) Holt. She had been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church since 1960 serving as the church historian, member of the Church Council, former vice-president of the United Methodist Women, chairman of the Missions Commission, director of Vacation Bible School, organizer of "Trinity Kids" and certified lay speaker. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UConn in 1968 with a BA in English and was a CT Honors Scholar, and in 1969 graduated from Columbia University with a MA in American Government. She was the founding president of the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor in 1983; senior organizing president of the Sgt. Daniel Bissell Society, Children of the American Revolution; senior state recording secretary of the CT CAR; and founding president of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council in 1993. She was on the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists; government relations chairperson; past regent of the Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution; secretary and historian of the Ellsworth Memorial Association, member of the State Officers and Regents Club, member of the Connecticut and Windsor Historical Societies, New England Historic Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, CT Gravestone Network, Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford, French-Canadian Society of Connecticut; Strong, Foote, Mapes and Magny Family Societies, and member by governor's appointment of the State Historical Records Advisory Board. She was the director of Connecticut Heritage Services, in which she engaged in professional genealogy, heritage tours to Britain, research trips to U.S. genealogical repositories, writing, teaching, and lecturing. Author of genealogies of the Gov. Thomas Wells and Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth families, she taught genealogy for Windsor Adult Education, lectured for state and regional genealogical societies, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society Sesquicentennial in 1995. In 1978, she saw the Shroud of Turin and lectured on it for many years. She chaired Founders Day Observances in 1983 for the Windsor 350th Anniversary Committee, which included a trek from Boston to Windsor and a celebration attended by 700 descendants of early Windsor families, which gave birth to the DFAW, now a nationwide lineage society. She worked for legislation in support of access to and preservation of CT vital records and for funding for the State Library. She was on the Windsor Constitution Bicentennial Committee in 1987 and was the events co-chairman for Revolutionary Windsor 2001. In addition to her husband, she leaves three sons, Ronald E. Siemiatkoski of Windsor, Daniel E. Siemiatkoski and his wife Jennifer Joslyn-Siemiatkoski of Malden, MA, and Steven R. Siemiatkoski of Fort Worth, TX; two brothers, William R. Holt and his wife Nancy of Westlake, OH and Robert J. Holt and his wife Janet of Monroe; a sister, Marilyn R. Holt of West Hartford; three nieces, Michelle, Sharon and Lisa Holt; and many cousins. Calling hours will be Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at the Carmon Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Avenue, Windsor. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, 1 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 180 Park Avenue, Windsor. Burial will follow in Palisado Cemetery, Windsor. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Ellsworth Memorial Association Endowment Fund, 778 Palisado Ave., Windsor, CT 06095, or the CT Professional Genealogists Council, Donna Holt Siemiatkoski Acquisition Fund, P.O. Box 4273, Hartford, CT 06147-4273.
Published in Hartford Courant on Aug. 7, 2001.