Donna F. Pelletier

July 27, 1948January 4, 2021
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Donna F. Pelletier, 72, of Southington, went home to be with the Lord on January 4, 2021, after fighting a long illness. She was the loving wife of Brian A. Pelletier, whom she was married to for 39 years.

Donna was born on July 27, 1948 in East Port, Maine. Donna was a loving mother and a proud grandmother. She loved caring for her family, cooking for them, and baking bread and pies. She always seemed to be happy and had a sweet smile for those fortunate enough to be around her. Donna was a devout Christian and her faith was very important to her. She will be greatly missed by the Central Baptist Church in Southington.

In addition to her husband Brian, she is survived by her children Tammy Clapper of PA, Sheila Valerio and her husband Anthony of Southington, and Brian Salerno of NM; her grandchildren Danielle, Chelsey, Andrea, Amanda, and Ashley; her brothers Peter Goodwin and his wife Karen of Southington, and Calvin Goodwin and his wife Donna of Prospect; her sister Ellen Niles and her husband Skip of Southington; as well as many nieces & nephews. Donna is predeceased by her parents Lavina (Lank) and Carl Goodwin, her biological father Donald Thompson, and her grandson Kyle Valerio.

Donna’s family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the staff at Livewell in Plantsville for their compassionate and exemplary care of her.

Calling hours will be from 9am-11am on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N Main St., Southington. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Southington. Due to the current pandemic, masks & social distancing precautions are required. In lieu of flowers, you make a donation in Donna’s name to Livewell, 1261 S Main St, Plantsville, CT 06479 ( For online condolences please visit


  • Calling Hours

    Saturday, January 9, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, January 9, 2021


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Brenda Niles

January 7, 2021

Ellen and Skip,
Peter and Karen,
I am so sorry for your loss.
I remember you mentioning your sister on several occasions. With sadness, I send my sincere condolences.
I’m thinking of you and your family at this most difficult time.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Brenda Niles

valerie rhys

January 7, 2021

Donna loved so well!! She was so very kind and gracious. Her spirit of joy was infectious and so much more.
Our hearts are heavy and broken at this time of saying goodbye.
Sending our thoughts, prayers, and strong hugs to all of you who loved this very special and inspiring woman.
Comfort one another.

With our love,
Valerie and David Rhys

Marianne Vargas

January 6, 2021


I know how hard this has been for you. Donna truly was the love of your life and you took great care of her, always. I’m happy that you and I were able to talk and stay connected through Donna’s illness. Please know that Michael and I are here for you if you need anything.

Our deepest condolences to my cousins and Donna’s entire family. The loving memories you all had of her, including her infectious smile, will live on in the hearts and souls of everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. Our love and sympathy to you all.

Marianne and Michael Vargas

James Lank

January 6, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. She was truly a beautiful woman taken too soon. Brian, I commend you on the quality of life you were able to provide for her throughout her hardest times. Sending love to all my cousins, we are thinking of you during this very difficult time. We hope you all can find the peace and happiness in your lives.

All our love,
Jim, Kim, and Olivia Lank