Donna Porteus Augustine
March 2, 1945 – August 3, 2019
Augustine - Donna (nee Porteus); wife, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great aunt, teacher and friend extraordinaire, passed away on August 3, 2019 after a brief but valiant battle with a Glioblastoma Brain Cancer. Donna was born on March 2, 1945 in Hartford Connecticut and grew up in nearby Newington. She cared deeply for her family, friends and especially kids; and she loved animals and music. If you knew Donna, you probably know she had a song for every word or situation, would play Christmas music all year and once played Billy Joel for 9 hours straight during a family road trip. Throughout her life she was a teacher who specialized in special needs students and children at risk. Donna touched so many lives and we will all miss her big smile and kind heart every day. Donna leaves behind her beloved husband of 51 years, Cesario Chet Augustine; her children, Rick Augustine and Nicole Augustine Berkhouse; grandchildren, Sam Augustine, Jessica Augustine, Lilly Berkhouse and Joey Berkhouse; brother, John Porteus; sisters, Mary Porteus Collins, Barbara Porteus and Beth Porteus Swonger and brother in-law, Barry Collins. In addition, Donna leaves behind many nieces and nephews, Erica Collins Jamieson, Lindsey Collins, Collin Porteus, Callie Porteus, Richard Swonger, Karli Swonger; great nieces and nephews, Dylan, Darby and David Jamieson, Fox Scarborough and Jack Porteus; and her childhood best friend and cousin, Hillery Britton Reed.
Connecticut Friends and Family: On Friday, August 16th @ 11:00 a.m. there will be a burial service where folks can pay respects, share memories or offer a prayer at St Mary's Cemetery, 1141 Stanley St, New Britain (entrance on Corner of Stanley and Allen) Battaglia Plot - section H-1 extension.
Orlando Friends and Family: On Saturday, August 31st from 10 a.m. to 12 noon there will be a Celebration of Life for Donna at Fairways Country Club, 14205 East Colonial Drive, Orlando FL 32826. Light fare and refreshments will be provided at the Club House (just past the Tennis Courts and Pool).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Glioblastoma Foundation.https://glioblastomafoundation.org/get-involved/donate
- Burial Friday, August 16, 2019