Donna Lee Siemiatkoski
Carmon Funeral Homes, Inc.
807 Bloomfield Avenue
Windsor, CT
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 by Hartford Courant on Aug. 7, 2001.
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Because of Donna's illness I wasn't able to get to know her well but I certainly admire her and her accomplishments and wish I could have had longer with her. My sympathy to her family and friends on their great loss.
mary bardell
August 28, 2001
I was very sad to hear of Donna's passing away. She and I were in contact in about 1990 concerning our common ancestors, Alice TOMES (my 8 x great aunt) and Thomas WELLES. May she rest in peace.
Major Ian M. Tomes
August 27, 2001
I wa so saddened to learn of Donna's passing. We were friends through professional genealogy and NYG&B Society. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Suzanne McVetty, CG
August 15, 2001
Donna was a good friend to the Welles Family and to all of us individually, and a true professional. She will be terribly missed and dearly remembered.
Kevin Lantowsky
August 14, 2001
Donna was an inspiration to all who
knew her.Condolences and prayers to her family and friends.
Iva Arpin
August 13, 2001
Donna will be missed by us all. Her dedication and contribution to compiling our Family History will assure that it continues through the years.
The Foote Family Association of America
Marilyn Foote Masi
August 12, 2001
Marty and Russ
August 12, 2001
Donna and I collaborated on so many CT estate matters, and compared notes on our early CT ancestry. I shall miss her. Condolences to her family.
Caroline Ruda
August 12, 2001
Donna was a friend.
Donna will be remembered for the fine work she did for the Welles Family Association genealogy.
Henry Hunt
August 11, 2001
I'm so sorry to read about Donna's death. Her enthusiasm for genealogy and history were well-matched by her intelligence and continuing devotion to learning.
Nancy Johnsen Curran
August 11, 2001
Her unshakeable faith was a light to her loving family and her host of friends. Donna was the "Yankee who never bowed to the inevitable, but prepared for it just the same."
Ardent genealogist and true friend.
Jim Leatherbee
August 10, 2001
Donna was a force in genealogy and her contributions are an enduring legacy to future generations.
Richard Tomlinson
August 10, 2001
As a teacher, mentor and friend Donna will be sorely missed. Her contributions to CT genealogy will be long remembered.
Bob Bamford
August 10, 2001
We will miss Donna great deal!
Marsha Hoffman Rising
August 9, 2001
Donna will be greatly missed at the Genealogy Conferences.
Stephanie Lantiere
August 9, 2001
Donna was a key mentor as I tried to become a genealogist. But mostly I rejoice that she knew her Creator and her Redeemer and that she delighted in sharing her Christian faith.
Harlan Jessup
August 9, 2001
Donna was one of the first professionals I met in Genealogy, and one of my first friends in the field. She inspired me to pursue this career. She will be missed, but her spirit will always be with us.
Jonathan D. Galli, CGRS
August 8, 2001
With deepest sympathy and prayers for the welfare of Donna's family.
Neil D. Thompson
August 8, 2001
We all started a trek on the beach in Dorchester. While the rest of us wait in Windsor, Donna has completed to trek to her Creator. Although her physical presence will be missed at DFAW, her spirit will live on long after we've completed our treks.
Edwin W. Strickland II
August 8, 2001
Donna was very gracious to my late mother and me, also descendants of Matthew Grant, when we attended a DFAW meeting. She had a tremendous impact on the genealogical world and will be greatly missed by many people. With much sympathy from Vt.
Barbara E. Little
August 8, 2001
Our prayers have been with the family as your mom's (Wife's) have been with us in our times of need. I will always recall her as a stronghold in the church and a happy smile seeking us out when we would visit our home church. Amen that we know where she is now and thankyou for the times she has shared with our family and me as a teen growing up in the church. God Bless always. The Fieldings
BruceA. and Caror R. Fielding
August 8, 2001
We will miss Donna. She was a brave and courageous woman.
Pat and John Kenney
August 7, 2001
Barry & Phyllis Lindberg
August 7, 2001
Donna was an inspiration to so many in the genealogical community. She will be very greatly missed.
Carol Mero
August 7, 2001
My deepest sympathy goes to Donna's family. She was quite a woman and much saddness will be felt by many whom she touched.
Betsy Hunt
August 7, 2001
With deepest sympathy during your time of mourning.
Carmon Funeral Homes, Inc.
August 7, 2001
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