OBITUARY

Anthony Joseph Donatelli

November 13, 1943November 21, 2021
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The youngest child born to James Girolamo and Pasqualine Marietta (Rossi) Donatelli, Tony was raised in Lowellville, Ohio. Growing up with a love for cars and a talent for mischief, Tony had a desire to see beyond the borders of his small town and in 1962, he joined the United States Air Force. For 30 years, he proudly served his country and saw the world. A decorated NCO and Vietnam War veteran, Tony retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. He remained a military man to his core.

Some of the family’s favorite memories came after his military service ended, when Tony took a job in Ankara, Turkey, where he and his beloved wife lived for 6 years. Those years were full of adventure and new experiences, and he loved sharing the richness of other countries and cultures with his family.

As much as he loved serving his country, what Tony cherished most in life were relationships. He never met a stranger, and never failed to make a lasting impression. Always with a smile, and sometimes in another language, he would talk to anyone. Most of his kids have stories of meeting random people and watching in amazement as their dad started speaking Korean (or Thai or Italian or German) to whomever he met. Tony’s smile was infectious and he made a new friend everywhere he would go.

Tony was never happier than when surrounded by those who loved him and whom he loved. Missing him dearly is the love of his life, his wife of 31 years, Rebecca; his children, Jennifer (Jordan) Webb, Daniel (Susan) Huggins, Anthony (Michele) Donatelli Jr., Angela Donatelli, Cheryl Donatelli, and Nicoletta Donatelli; 13 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; his sister, Virginia Savelli; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday, November 29th, from 6pm to 8pm, at Mariposa Gardens, 400 S Power Rd, Mesa. A Rosary will begin at 7pm. A Mass for the Celebration of Tony’s Life will be Tuesday, November 30th, at 1:00pm, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 2121 S Rural Rd, Tempe. Burial to follow at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park, Mesa.

We are thankful he was ours to love, and look forward to our reunion in Heaven.

  • FAMILY

  • Rebecca Ann "Crossley" Donatelli, Wife
  • Jennifer Webb (Jordan), Daughter
  • Daniel Huggins (Susan), Son
  • Anthony Donatelli Jr. (Michele), Son
  • Angela Donatelli, Daughter
  • Cheryl Donatelli, Daughter
  • Nicoletta Donatelli, Daughter
  • 13 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; his sister, Virginia Savelli; and numerous nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tony Donatelli Jr.
  • Daniel Huggins
  • Jordan Webb
  • Kevin Schalick
  • Teddy "Rocky" Grose
  • Darius Frawley
  • Terry Zicafoose
  • Brett Zicafoose

Services

29 November

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care

400 South Power Road
Mesa, AZ 85206

29 November

Rosary Service

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care

400 South Power Road
Mesa, AZ 85206

30 November

Funeral Mass

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

2121 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282

30 November

Graveside Service

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care

400 South Power Road
Mesa, AZ 85206

Memories

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Lissa Savelli

November 27, 2021

I will attempt to do justice , to the profound loss for my mother in-law, Virginia, (97) having lost her baby brother,Anthony, Uncle Whitey as we called him. We have decided to hold off on telling her, and allowing her cherished memories to live on. They had a beautiful ,loving , family bond that was only separated by distance. However that never stopped Uncle Whitey from making sure he would see her when he came back to PA. They would spend hours around the table, sharing good food and the wonderful experiences he had, as he loved life and lived it to the fullest. In these last few years Uncle Whitey would call ,with his cheerful voice ,wanting to know how his sister was doing. His floral gifts and his last visit to her will always be remembered. And now, as distance still separates us, Becky please know we will be there in spirit and keeping you and yours close in prayer. He will be sorely missed by all that loved him.
Much love, God bless you with comfort and peace.
Lissa & Freddie

Judy Scruggs

November 24, 2021

I remember that every time Tony came into the office he was so happy and cheerful and would occasionally share a story. He led a wonderful, adventuresome life.
He always came on a day that Jennie could go to lunch with Becky and him.
He loved to talk about Maggie, the joy of his life. He loved that girl and was so proud of her.
I pray that the memories you've made with him will help ease the pain of his passing.

Susie Bermudez

November 23, 2021

Tony was my families neighbor watch grandpa. He watched over my kids when they would get on and off the bus saying hi and how school was. For me, he was more than just a friend. His infectious smile, funny personality and the heart of a lion would have me spending hours just talking to him and Becky. I loved seeing him running in Riggs Ranch. He loved his family, wife and his little Maddie was his everything. Constantly showing me stuff he got for her. We lost a good man Sunday and an even better friend. Rest in peace Tony, I’m blessed to have another angel watching over me. Love you Susie😘

Debra Donatelli

November 23, 2021

My deepest sympathy

Roslyn Torella

November 23, 2021

Rebecca and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort in the coming days.
Your Cousin from Lowellville,
Roslyn Torella

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