Donald F. Blumenthal
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BLUMENTHAL, DONALD F., 71, of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of North Haven, CT, passed away on June 6, 2014 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. Born in New Britain, CT, and raised in West Hartford, he was the son of the late Irving and Mildred (Shaker) Blumenthal. A graduate of Bates College and Springfield College, Don spent thirty-nine years working at Quinnipiac University, completing his career as Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs. He served as advisor to Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and was an active member of ACUHO, a past president of NEACUHO, and received the Pillar of the Profession award from NASPA. He served as vice-president on the Board of Governors at Boca Lago C.C. in Boca Raton and was a member of Congregation Mishkan Israel in Hamden, CT. Don's passion for life was exhibited through his love for his family, friends, golf, dancing, the NY Giants, and the Brooklyn Dodgers. He leaves his beloved wife Elaine (Stromfeld); his devoted children Steven (Michelle) of North Haven, CT, Michael of Hamden, CT, Eric (Irene) of South Windsor, CT and Carrie Canavan (Craig) of Milford, CT; his cherished grandchildren Benjamin, Joshua, Ilana, Amanda, Eli, Pierson, and Ellie; his loving brother and sister Barry Winters (Lynne) of Boca Raton,FL and Lynne Marder (David) of Tolland, CT, adoring nieces and nephews. A genuine soul, Don touched the lives of many and left this world a better place. Donations in his memory may be made to Quinnipiac University c/o Michael Barrett, 275 Mt. Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518 or Hospice by the Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486. A period of mourning will be observed at the home of Steven and Michelle Blumenthal, 49 Winchester Drive, North Haven, CT 06473. Graveside services will be at King Solomon Memorial Park, Allwood Road, Clifton, NJ on Monday, June 9 at 1 PM. Levitt-Weinstein Memorial Chapel of Coconut Creek, FL is in charge of arrangements.


Published by Hartford Courant on Jun. 8, 2014.
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Dear Elaine and Family, I was deeply sorry to hear of Don's passing. Don was a remarkable man and an inspiration to all. I will always remember the good times we had together at Boca Lago and up north. Time heals, memories last a lifetime. My heartfelt condolences to you, Elaine, and family. I am always here for you. Love, June
June 22, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 22, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 13, 2014
Dear Elaine & Family
We are very sorry for your loss and offer our deepest condolences. We are grateful to have been included in those many Seders at the Marders and will fondly remember lively dinner conversations with Don and your entire family.
Fern & Ken Rabinowitz
June 13, 2014
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Matt. 5:4
June 13, 2014
Dear Elaine, Lynne, Barry and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts. You have all my sympathy.
ruth heller
June 12, 2014
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. Don was a colleague of mine for the past 30 years through ACUHO/NEACUHO. Though ten years my senior, Don was one of the first to welcome me into the NEACUHO family back in the mid-80's. I looked forward to seeing him each year at conference time and admired his professional demeanor and relationships. One of the best guys in the business, he will not be forgotten by all those he impacted. May your family find peace at this most difficult time.
Dan Slattery
June 12, 2014
Memories and peace to the family
Pat and Walter Powell
June 12, 2014
Steve, Mike, and family

I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Boyd Johnson
June 11, 2014
Elise Maley
June 11, 2014
To the Blumenthal Family:

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Don was my very good friend from childhood playing organized baseball and also basketball at Conard H.S. Don was a person of character and will always be remembered by me.

Sincerely,

James A.Johnson,Esq.,aka Jimmy Johnson
James Johnson
June 11, 2014
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
Matt. 5:4
June 11, 2014
My deepest sympathy for your loss.
Marty K
June 11, 2014
Dear Blumenthal family- my sympathy to all of you . I have very pleasant memories of working with Don at Quinnipiac...he was always helpful, generous, and a man of integrity. My thoughts are with you as you celebrate his life.
Maggie Potapchuk
June 10, 2014
Steven and family, Thinking of all of you at this time. So very sorry for your loss. We love you and are sending prayers and hugs. -Reeca & Robert
Reeca & Robert Rothbaum
June 10, 2014
My darling Laney and family: You have always been so special to me and your loss is truly a loss to me as well. From Moe & Elsie to your grandchildren, the world is a better place for all of you being here. The loss of Don instills grief in all who know you. I hope there is some consolation in knowing how beloved you all are.
June 10, 2014
To the Blumenthal Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a great mentor during my time at Quinnipiac. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Derek Zuckerman
June 10, 2014
It was so easy to be a friend of Don's in the good times, but to share in his bad times showed what a class act he was. His strength, humor, and positive attitude defined the real man and he was an inspiration to his friends.
We send our love to the entire family and feel blessed to have shared so much with him. Elaine, you know you have our support during this difficult time. He left a huge legacy, a loving family and friends and that is a mark of a Mensch. We celebrate his life.
Judy & Marvin Gugick
Judy Gugick
June 10, 2014
So sorry!!! My Deepest, Deepest Sympathy!!!
Deb Mendillo
June 10, 2014
Our deepest condolences to the entire Blumenthal and extended family. Cherish the lifetime of memories you had with him to help keep his memory alive forever. Love the Glatt Family
June 10, 2014
Dear Elaine and family I am very sorry for your loss.
David O'Connor
June 10, 2014
Dear Elaine and the entire family. Words cannot describe the sorrow I have for all of you. Listening to all the stories of Don, are wonderful memories to cherish forever. He was one heck of a husband, father and friend to all. Will miss him and smile when I think of him. My condolences. Millie Perrone. Boca Raton
Millie Perrone
June 10, 2014
My heart goes out to you all, no words can replace or return your incredible spouse, father and grandfather but I hope time allows you to remember only the best.
Natasha Hensel
June 9, 2014
To the entire Blumenthal family,
Even though I only met Don on a few occasions (Eric and Irene's wedding, 100th year anniversary of the Shaker family's arrival in the U.S.), I was struck by his kindness, vitality and zest for life. Please accept my deepest condolences, and know that Don's memory will always live on.
Cathy Conkling-Shaker
June 9, 2014
Elaine and family...truly saddened to hear of Don's passing.I had the pleasure of working with him as a Quinnipiac RA and RD, back in '79. Venturing far from my family in CA to come to Q, it meant the world to befriend such a great caring guy. With heartfelt sympathy,
Marty Mandel
June 9, 2014
Dear Blumenthal Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.
With sincere condolences,
Nicole Manglass
Nicole Manglass
June 9, 2014
Dear Elaine and your family.
I am so sorry to hear about Don's passing. I first met Don in 1978 when I worked for him as both a Resident Assistant and later a Resident Director at Quinnipiac College. He was a terrific influence on me and helped guide me all during college and afterward as well. As a Disc Jockey, Don always made sure I played the Beach Boys whenever I performed, and he and Elaine were always one of the first adults to dance at my jobs. He spoke fondly about all of his children and always asked me for updates on any of the other housing staff members over the years. A wonderful friend, father, and husband. I wish him all the best
George Dickerson
June 9, 2014
My sympathy to Don's family on his passing, I had the pleasure of working for Don as an RA @ QC and always respected and admired him.
Marybeth Shaw Ciarlelli
June 9, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Jill Mitchell QC96
June 9, 2014
To Eric, Carrie and family,
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I was blessed to have known your dad personally. I will cherish my QC memories of him as well as all the years after. God bless you father.
Amy Smith
June 9, 2014
To the Blumenthal Family. My most sincere condolences on your loss. Don was one of the great ones. He lived his life with quiet grace and class. He cherished his family and basked with pride in the glow of their many achievements. It was my honor to have known him all these years.
Peter Pappas
June 9, 2014
To Eric and Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It is hard now, but remember those we love don't go away. They walk beside us everyday.
With sincere sympathy,
Tony and Christine Capua
A. Capua
June 9, 2014
I remember Don from when I was just a little kid. Then attending QU with his kids (Blumenthal's were like books; they were everywhere:). And I would continue to see him occasionally the years that followed. In that entire span of time Don ALWAYS had a big smile on his face, something funny to say and his positive disposition rubbed off on those around him making anywhere he went a little bit brighter.
My condolences to his entire family.
Rick Healy
June 9, 2014
To Eric and Family:

In the short time I got to meet and talk to your dad a few years back I realized what a quality human being you had for a father. Always keep his memory in everything you do; he was a role model for all to emulate.

Rudy and Erin Allende
June 9, 2014
Don Blumenthal will be remembered for his kindness, family values and zest for life. I'm fortunate to have known him. My sincere condolences to his family.
Jeanette
June 9, 2014
My sincere sympathy to you Elaine and family. Don was a wonderful person. Always remember all the good times you enjoyed together and that your love produced four beautiful children.
Carl Mungiguerra
June 9, 2014
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. Always a pleasure to be with. A very nice and kind person.
The Frandy Family
June 8, 2014
I worked with Don for only one year back in 1987 but I loved Don and enjoyed working for him. Don was a good man.
Mik Gillilan
June 8, 2014
Elaine: I had the pleasure of working with Donald my four years at Quinnipiac. He was a great man and I would see him occasionally after Graduation. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the Family.
Salvatore DeCola
June 8, 2014
Elaine and family
I am truly at a loss as Don was a key figure in my life when it took a wrong turn he was there to help me right it. I will always be indebted to him and his support of me. y he rest in peace and watch over all of us until we might him again.
Dennis
Dennis Flanagan
June 8, 2014
We are saddened to hear of Don's passing. It was always a delight to visit with him.
Betsy Bertuzzi (Robinson)
June 8, 2014
I shared many walks with Don down the fairways of Laurel View. A real gentleman and joy to spend time with. I know his family with miss him greatly.
Mike Chernovetz
Mike Chernovetz
June 8, 2014
One of my fondest memories is dancing with Uncle Don at Ben's Bar Mitzvah. You will dance in my heart and mind always. Lots of Love, Lauren
Lauren Marder
June 8, 2014
Please accept my condolences from the entire NASPA community. Don was an exceptional professional recognized by his peers for his long career as a Pillar of the Profession. We will miss him.

Frank Ardaiolo and the NASPA Foundation.
Frank Ardaiolo
June 8, 2014
Dear Elaine & Family. I am so very sorry for the Passing of Don. He was such a kind & gentle man, and a gentleman if I ever met one. He really cared about people. Again, my deepest sympathy to all the family. Chuck Pandrea, ( Vicki Winters Dad.)
June 8, 2014
My deep sympathies to all of Don's family at this time. I always enjoyed talking with Don, he was so smart and always asked me interesting,surprising and challenging questions about my artwork. We enjoyed very much getting to know him and will miss him.
Perry P
June 8, 2014
Uncle Don I will always remember our times together....more than just my Uncle...MY FRIEND !!!
Jeff Winters
June 8, 2014
Beautiful Blumenthal family, there are no words I can say to take away your pain. I am blessed to be part of your loving, special family, and to have been able to be part of Don's life, even more so since you moved to Florida. He was a bright light in this world, and made everyone around him feel loved! I will always miss him and his smile..... Love all of you.
Vicki Winters
June 8, 2014
We have lost a true, true gentleman, a fine friend, and a guiding spirit.

Raymond Foery
June 8, 2014
Elaine,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers to you, Steven, Michael, Eric and Carrie.
Love, Beth (Steingard) Finn
June 8, 2014
There are no words that could ever describe the loss we feel. Such an amazing man. Our love to all of you.
Karen & Rick LaFata
June 8, 2014
Don was a wise mentor and a good friend to all of us who were lucky enough to work for him at Quinnipiac.
Rob Stowell
June 8, 2014
Dear Blumenthal...sending condolences on the loss of your husband,father,grandfather,brother and uncle.A loss at any age diminishes us all...may he rest-in-peace now...shalom and love..Fay Merkin Clymer and my family(Flo Merkin Becker Weinbaum's sister)
Fay Merkin Clymer
June 8, 2014
Mr B & Family, my sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. May he rest peacefully.
Katie Walewski
June 8, 2014
Dear Blumenthal family,
It was my pleasure knowing Don and working with him
at Quinnipiac. He was a wonderful , kind person.
My deepest sympathy to you all,
Marisa Melillo
Marisa Melillo
June 8, 2014
Dear Elaine,
I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Mary Ann Tarantino
June 8, 2014
Will never forget my family visits to Seneca Road on weekends. Cousin Don was among the most decent and kind people I have known. Always felt comfortable in his presence even as a shy withdrawn kid. My deepest sympathy for the family in this difficult period.
Howard Shaker
June 8, 2014
Elaine,Steven,Michael,Eric and Carrie, so sorry to hear of the passing of Don. He as a great advisor during my years at Quinnipiac and a cherished member of our Phi Sig Chapter
Richard Carroll
June 8, 2014
Mike & Family,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your dad. May all the loving memories of your dad help you find peace in the days ahead.
Paula Vallie
June 8, 2014
Please accept my sincere condolences...knowing Don from
Quinnipiac was an honor and pleasure...
Maura Coppola
June 7, 2014
Steven,Micheal,Eric,and family sorry to hear of the passing of Donald he was a great person, was great working with him at Quinnipiac,
john maturo
June 7, 2014
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