Donalyn Frank

Donalyn Frank, 54, was reunited with her deceased husband and the Lord on Friday, March 12, 2010, after a deadly three-car accident on U.S. 1 in St. Augustine.

Those left to cherish her memories are her only child, Haley Frank, and her partner Joseph Smyth. Donalyn sailed to St. Augustine on a 42-foot sailboat with her husband Ian Frank many years ago from Long Island, N.Y.

She was a dedicated social worker and ran her own D.U.I./Addictions counseling service on St. Augustine Beach. Donalyn was a breast cancer survivor. She was committed to helping people through her counseling, friendship, and unconditional love.

A memorial service will be held in her honor on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Craig Funeral Home, The Rev. David Shokes officiating, 1475 Old Dixie Highway, St. Augustine. Flowers are gratefully accepted or donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Craig Funeral Home.

Published by St. Augustine Record on Mar. 14, 2010.
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Happy belated Birthday 2019, dear Donalyn. I'm still here, without you. Miss you, my dear childhood friend.
Karena Reiter
April 25, 2019
My name is Sandy I met Donalyn in 1984 when when her and Ian brought their sailboat to the marina that my husband and I were at. She became my best friend we went through our 1st pregnancies together her with Haley me with my first born Adam. We use to get a babysitter and the two of us would go to Freeport Recreation and swim laps. As time went on she moved and I did too. We visited several years ago in St Augustine. I've been trying to connect with her and recently read this obituary how shocking it is for me. I would love to speak to Haley if it's possible. She probably has seen baby pictures of her with Adam. The biggest reason I wanted to speak to Donalyn was to let her know that Adam passed away in 2012 at age 25. Now I see she was there when Adam came up to eternity.
Sandra Williamson
October 12, 2018
Thinking of you today, dear cousin. And Deb, too. Much love...
July 25, 2018
Happy Birthday 2018 dear Donalyn. Thinking of you and miss you. Love, Karen. HALEY, please reach out to me. I want to know how you are doing. Donalyn would have wanted me to do that. [email protected]
Karen Reiter
June 11, 2018
You are loved .... Lisa DeMar
Lisa DeMar
March 17, 2018
Happy belated birthday for this year and last year dear Donalyn. I miss you!

Love, Karen Borodinsky-Reiter
Karena Reiter
April 16, 2017
Happy Belated Birthday Dear Donalyn. Your daughter just had a baby boy! I know that you are watching. Love you always. You were my best friend. Karena
Karena Reiter
April 7, 2015
I am trying to connect with HALEY FRANK. Who know of her whereabouts? I was a childhood friend of Donalyn's and want to stay in touch with her daughter for her. Haley, where ar you??
Karena Reiter 917 541 8760 [email protected]
Karena Reiter
January 7, 2015
Karena Borodinsky-Reiter
February 19, 2012
Dearest Donalyn,

Happy what would have been your 56th birthday (tomorrow) my dear departed friend.

We never had that reunion we planned after connecting after so many years, but it was so good to hear your voice and to catch up.

We will see each other again at some point.

I miss you so very VERY much and think of you every day.

Your DEAR friend forever,
Karena Borodinsky-Reiter
February 18, 2012
Donalyn Frank was my mentor and my friend. She inspired me and encouraged me while I pursued my counseling career.We last spent time together in 2008. I can't describe the overwhelming sadness I feel upon learning that this wonderful woman has been taken from us. Dear, sweet Donalyn this world was blessed by your guiding light.
Shayne Biddle
December 1, 2011
I saw in the paper on Saturday "In Loving Memory Of A Beautiful Lady"by Joe.Donalyn was such a awesome person.I looked forward to our meetings, and seeing Haley when she helped out her Mom...Such a beautiful family.God had his plan for a TRUE ANGEL,Donalyn you are greatly missed!
Maureen Martin
March 16, 2011
I miss you Donalyn, thank you for giving us Haley!!
Christal Watson
March 14, 2011
Donalyn I can't beleive a year has gone by. You will never be forgotten. For thoought we are apart, You are always and forever a live in our hearts, Your Loving Family
Joy De Mar
March 12, 2011
I am in absolute shock! I worked under Donalyn for a year while I was in college, she made me into a better person and I am forever in debt to her for the powerful knowledge she shared with me. She was a loving person and will be missed. I am so sad to hear of this and hope that her family is holding up ok.
Brianna Daly
February 4, 2011
It was a terrible shock to learn about the passing of my niece Donalyn. I remember so well the day she was born, the day she got married and the day Haley was born. Such wonderful, happy memories. She accomplished a great many things in her short life. I am very sad and only know that she now rests in the arms of God and will be at peace. My sincerest sympathy to her family and her friends. With my love, Aunt Dubby
May 12, 2010
Donalyn,although I heard just yesterday about your passing, I can't quite believe it. Even though I had not seen you in many years, I have often regretted that absence. My memories of you, your smile, beauty, and kindness have remained clear and nearby. My heart goes out to Haley and Debbie, and to Aunt Joyce and Uncle Tony. I am so very sad.
All my love, your cousin,
Kimberly Bogdan Hurwitz
May 12, 2010
Dearest Donalyn,
I am greatly saddened on learning just today that you have been taken from us. It was a terrible shock. Over the years I have thought about you many times. I deeply regret that we were never able to see each other in so many long years and now never will. I will cherish the fun and loving memories of our time together as kids.
With love, your cousin...
Peter Bogdan
May 11, 2010
you are deeply loved and will be greatly missed to my cousin donalyn we pray for you and love you. your cousin cheryl
cheryl DeMar Smith
April 18, 2010
Donalyn, Thank you for your grace and trust. Your love will be missed.
Prudence Gee
March 25, 2010
Haley and Joe,

We were all blessed to have Donalyn in our lives for she has given us the gift of her friendship and love. She will be in our hearts always.
Debbie Dungan
March 21, 2010
Dearest Joy and Family -

We are so deeply saddened by the tragic loss of your beloved daughter and friend, Donalyn.

Although I have never met her, by reading the entries in this guestbook, it appears I missed knowing a truly extraordinary individual.

I hope you will one day find comfort in knowing she is there with you always - when you notice that butterfly who lingers on your shoulder, when a cool breeze brushes your cheek on an otherwise still summer day, when you notice that star blinking at you through a cloudy night's sky as if to say, "I'm here, I'm safe, I am with you always."

I hope you will one day find peace in knowing that Donalyn's soul was embraced by the warm, soft wings of a symphony of angels and that you will reunite one day for all of eternity.

Our prayers and heartfelt sympathies are with you all at this time of loss.

Dana Baggan-Golliver and Family
Franklin, Tennessee
March 21, 2010
Donalyn and I were friends at Flagler College in the early 90'. We didn't stay in touch throughout the years, although we did occasionally see each other around town. I was always so glad to hear news of her family and of her success in her career. She was taken from us too soon. Her wonderful smile and her kindness will be remembered. My sympathies to her friends and family.
Vecie Yasinsac
March 21, 2010
I knew her well in many aspects. She was professional, kind and served other people extremely well. She was gracious. I guided her through a hard time in her life and did all I could to make her problem manageable. To pass in this way I do not understand, but being a cancer patient myself I know God has his own plan. We can not change his plans. I am so proud of her ! I will miss and remember her. To her parents I extend my deepest sympathy ! This has been so tragic but it may have spared her a prolonged demise which she did not deserve. I am so sorry for your loss. I miss her also! Dr. Vucinich
March 19, 2010
Dear Haley, Joe, Joyce and Tony, family and friends of Donalyn,

My condolences go out to each of you. Donalyn was one of the most caring, loving people I ever meet in my life. It was an honor to have known her and for that I celebrate her life and feel blessed to have had that priviledge. She was an angel on Earth and she will be an angel watching over all of us in heaven. She had a natural gift for helping others and the ability to make people feel good about themselves. Haley, your mother beamed when she spoke of you and please know there is a community out there that will be there if you need anything. Please know you and the families involved in this unfortunate accident are in our thoughts and prayers.
Janet Ahr
March 19, 2010
We are the parents of Donalyn Frank, yes she was a very caring loving person to all I never heard her say and unkind word, she always had a smile on her face, We were very proud of all her accomplishments, She will be in our hearts for ever. We wish to thank everyone for their support and for their caring. Her Mother & Father Joyce & Tony De Mar, Micco,Fl.
Joyce De Mar
March 17, 2010
We are so deeply sorry to learn of your loss. Mrs. Frank was a warm, kind soul who touched the lives of so many people in our community.
Perry Unwalla
March 17, 2010
To Donalyn's Family,
I remember only the best of Donalyn. She was a very beautiful person
Be strong.
Carl Brav
March 17, 2010
I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Donalyn. I offer my sincerest condolences to her loved ones. May the fondest memmories of her keep her spirit alive forever.
David Marston
March 16, 2010
I met Donalyn a few years ago through work and we talked regularly. In fact we joked and laughed on the phone just last Thursday. She also counseled me. Haley, you have no idea how much she helped me and what an inspiration she was to me. I will never forget our talks and the stories she would tell about you and Joe. She loved you both with all of her heart. I am grateful to have had the pleasure to know her both professionally and personally and I will miss her dearly. She was a wonderful person.
Jessica Short
March 16, 2010
I am so saddened by this tragic turn of events. Donalyn and I were close friends in high school. We went to camp together and during the school year stayed at each other's houses. We had recently reconnected and planned to spend time in NYC together in the spring. She had last called me on Wednesday the 10th. I was travelling abroad and returned her call on Saturday. A mutual friend just informed me of the shocking news. I send my heartfelt condolences to her family and everyone close to her who knew and loved her (as I did). I would like to reconnect with her sister Debbie, with whom I was also close, and her mom. Beautiful Haley, Donalyn recently sent me pictures of you at your wedding. I last saw you when you were a baby. Doanlyln loved you so much. I have many pictures of our childhood times that I would like to share. If anyone could please forward my contact information to her family and ask them to reach out to me I would be ever so grateful. Thank you. Karen Borodinsky - Reiter.
Karen Borodinsky - Reiter
March 16, 2010
I recently spoke with Donalyn who I haven't seen since childhood. Donalyn was a dear friend of my dear friend Karen Borodinsky through whom we met. I just learned of this tragedy. There are no words to describe my sadness. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and all who loved her.
Donna Ellis
March 16, 2010
RIP beautiful and kind Donalyn. You're in God's hands now. I'm sorry I haven't kept in touch these past 20 years. I will always remember our talks. It was a pleasure to know you. You and Ian, little Haley (as I knew her then) and Natasha will always be in my heart.
Jason Davis
March 16, 2010
Dear Family,
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Donalyn through a community group we both belonged to. I was devastated to hear of her passing. She was truly a very gifted and special person. I will keep her in my heart.
Andrea Urda
March 16, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Marc & Denise Gervais
March 16, 2010
Dear Haley--our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was an honor to have known your mom and she will not be forgotten.
Linda Perez
March 16, 2010
Dear Joy and Family,
Words are little comfort at this time but I wanted you to know my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time.
Dollie Beller
March 15, 2010
Dearest Haley and Family,
I just heard today that your mom is truely an angel now. I have been her hairdresser for about 2 years, I just saw her last Tuesday. I always looked forward to our time together. I will never forget the first time I saw her the day she walked into the salon. She was absolutely beautiful!!! I was a pleasure and an honor to know Donalyn, I learned that she was truely beautiful inside and out. I regret that I will not be able to attend her memorial service. She was very proud of you and always expressed her love for you. I will miss her so much, my heart goes out to you and your family. Love, Christal
Christal Watson
March 15, 2010
Dear Joy and Family,

I understand and love you.
Jackie Ianacone
March 15, 2010
Dear Joy and Family,

My heart, prayers, and love are with you all. Donalyn is now in the blessed company of the angels.
Delores Baggan
March 15, 2010
Joe and Haley:

This loss will be felt by so very many people whose lives Donalyn touched, especially mine. She loved you both dearly and shared this with me during our many talks at the gym or wherever we crossed paths. She was always unselfishly ready to listen and offer guidance or just a warm smile. Joe, my good friend for so many years, I can honestly say that you truly deserved the happiness you shared with her, and I am so sorry it was cut short. And Haley, even though I never met you, I felt as if I knew you from the way her face would light up when she mentioned your name.

Both of you please try to stay strong and take heart in the fact that she will be remembered not only by her friends and family but also by those many, many people who were lucky enough to be on the receiving end of her positive approach in helping others in need.
Nancy Armstrong
March 15, 2010
She was a very special person and we could all see that she brought out the best in everyone around her. God bless you and all of her family.
Tom Gelsomino
March 15, 2010
To The Family of Donalyn: I have known Donalyn for 5 years now. I found out about the tragic accident when I got into work this morning on the answering machine and was very emotionally affected. I had just talked with her earlier that morning. She was a sweet, wonderful and caring person who will be greatly missed. I would like to be there tomorrow but unfortunately I would not be able to attend. My prays and thoughts are with all of you.
Sandy Penny
March 15, 2010
I have not seen Donalyn in 20 years when we spent Christmas at her parents' home in East Quogue, LI. How shocked I was to hear of her untimely passing last Friday. May she rest in peace and live in our hearts and memories. My deepest condolences to Joyce, Tony, Debbie and family and to Donalyn's lovely daughter, Haley.
Denise Cohen
March 15, 2010
To the family of Donalyn, I am truely sorry for your lost.She was a very special person who has help many including me. I will miss my friend but take solace in we now have a wonderful angel with us at all times.
May God bless you.
Hugh Jensen
March 15, 2010
Dear family of Donalyn Frank: My heartfelt thoughts go out to you and your family from me and my family. Gail Marston is my sister and she is a wonderful woman, sister, and mother. Although she is still in a coma, her recovery to some extent is expected. We shall all get through this as family. Again, my sorrows for your love one.

Jim Martin
James J Martin
March 14, 2010
Just want you to know my thoughts and the strongest part of my spirit is with you in heart. We've laughed together and said many things in joy. Now is not that time.
I remember when I lost my brother, the best description was that I felt slamed very hard to the floor. I layed there for some time untill finally I came to an awareness that something much bigger than I was standing over me. My brother revisited me in voice to tell me everything was ok. I think it was him who inspired me to stand up and refuse to be knocked down any longer. It was then that I had my first revelation of what "The Boxer" truly was all about. I realize it take's time to stand up. I'm in no hurry. I'm in your corner Joe. And I'll always be there for you.
Friends forever, Fred
Fred Nacol
March 14, 2010
Although I never met Donalyn, her daughter Haley was very proud of her achievements and told me many wonderful things about her mom whom I unfortunately never got a chance to meet. God bless you Haley and I hope your fond memories of your mother help you through this tragedy.
Edie Adkins
March 14, 2010
God has brung another angel home. May God be with her family and friends.
Donna Grissom
March 14, 2010
My condolences to you. Your mother was a very special person.
Math Man
March 14, 2010
Dear Haley @ Joey @ family, I am so sorry I cried for hours after I heard. I only talked to her the other day @ she was suppose to call back. She gave me a fish plate many years ago @ it is still in my kitchen. Every time I looked at it I would think of her. I will miss her so much too even though we didn't see each other often their was a bond between us. Take care @ try to be strong. I don't know if I can make it for the service but she will always be in my heart & every time I look at the fish plate I will say a pray for all of you @ it will always remind me of her. Love Mary
Mary Moran
March 14, 2010
To the Relatives and Friends of Donalyn Frank
I met Donalyn in 1993 when my daughter entered Flagler College, she was Rachel's classmate, I watched her grow not only by educating herself but by maturity also. She was a beautiful person who could always make me feel better just standing beside her. I will miss her.
Carol Gibson
March 14, 2010
Donalyn, I loved and admired you.
We always knew what was in each other's hearts.
I will miss you, and will always remember you with love, my friend
Gloria Danvers
March 14, 2010
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