June 13, 1945 – September 30, 2019
Pembroke — Donna Marie (Austin) Decato 74, of North Pembroke Road passed away peacefully September 30, 2019 at Merrimack County Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family.
Born on June 13, 1945 to George E. Austin Jr. and Theresa H. Beliveau Austin in Hanover, NH. She attended the Enfield School system until 1962 and married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Decato at St. Helena Catholic Church on February 10, 1962. She earned her GED in Concord in 1974. She continued her education in nursing at NH Vocational Technical School in Manchester and graduated in 1987. Donna loved her position as charge nurse at Havenwood Healthcare and worked there for 25 years until her retirement in 2007.
With her expertise in nursing, Donna, her sister Patty, and her brother Tom lovingly cared for their parents until they passed.
Donna and her husband enjoyed music, the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, Branson, MO and the Capital Center for the Arts. She also enjoyed camping and trips to Lake Champlain and Lake Seymour. Donna loved her family and enjoyed traveling to Florida to visit her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. Above all family was most important to her.
Donna is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Thomas E. Decato; a son, Thomas M. Decato and his wife Roxi of Pembroke; three daughters, Terri Magoon and her husband Geoff of Penacook; Mishelle Bortnick of Boscawen and her fiancé Ed Sadick; Melissa Wookey and her husband Chris of Valpariso, Florida; nine loving grandchildren and four great grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Merrihew and her husband Vern of Rochester; a brother Thomas E. Austin and his wife Darlene of Enfield; an aunt June Austin and a cousin Jay Austin of Citrus Hills, Fl.
The family would like to thank the Concord VNA, The Merrimack County Nursing Home, Lou Hynes from Senior Companion Program, and the Meals on Wheels program for their loving and supportive care.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, October 7, 2019 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Bennett Funeral Home 209 N. Main Street, Concord, NH.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Helena Church 36 Shaker Hill Road, Enfield, NH on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 10:00am. Burial will follow in the family lot at Oak Grove Cemetery, Enfield, NH.
For those who wish, memorial contributions in Donna’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Bennet Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
166 S River Road #210 , Bedford, New Hampshire 03110
- Calling Hours Monday, October 7, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, October 8, 2019
- Burial Tuesday, October 8, 2019
October 7, 2019
Donna, you have left us much too soon; may you now truly rest in peace. You were always a shining light to me; your love for family and friends, your gentleness in caring, your compassion for the ailing, and your presence of sincerity will not be soon forgotten. Blessings of comfort, strength, and wonderful memories to each of your loving family..... So long my friend, Pat
Amanda (Balch) Dickinson
October 4, 2019
I had the absolute pleasure of working with Donna at Havenwood. There are no words to describe the patience and caring she showed to her residents. No matter if she was exhausted or feeling a little stressed out, she always had a smile on her face and ear ready to listen to her residents. If I could grow into half the nurse she was I would be so proud.
October 3, 2019
To the Decato Family,
I was so sad to hear about Donna's passing. Such a wonderful wife and mother, who always put her family first. She was always an inspiration to me to go after your dreams no matter what. She was a hard worker and a special, caring nurse to all. I will miss her yearly Christmas card and update on her family. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren.My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Heaven has a special angel. She will be missed.
Cathy (Ordway) O'Mara
October 3, 2019
I worked with Donna in the early 90s at Havenwood Herritage Heights. She was my charge nurse, I was a new LNA. She had such a compassionate heart for not only her residents, but her LNAs as well. I learned so much from this amazing lady. She touched so many in so many ways.
In addition to knowing Donna, I have had the pleasure of knowing two of her daughters. Terry and Mishelle both have her kind compassionate heart. She must have been a wonderful mom.
Heaven gained an amazing woman. She truly was an angel here on earth.
Jennifer (Severance) Letendre
October 2, 2019
I spent a lot of time at the Decato household as a kid. Mrs Decato was away at work a lot, she was a very hard working woman. I used to make her and mr Decato laugh by nicknaming them
Ma and Pa Kettle. She was such a nice and gentle woman. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Decato family.
- Jen Letendre