Carl Donato

Obituary of Carl Anthony Donato

Carl Anthony Donato of Steelton, PA passed away peacefully on the 2nd of February at the Colonial Park Care Center after a prolonged illness. Carl was born on January 31st, 1942 to the late Elizabeth Koller and Anthony Donato, also of Steelton. He leaves behind his daughters, Anja Loritz and Dominique Donato, his son-in-laws Ken Loritz and Leonardo Lenoci, his granddaughters, Katherine and Ava Loritz, and Claudine Lenoci. He was preceded in death by his son, Bruno Donato and his life-partner Mary Ann Miick. Carl attended Steelton-Highspire High School and soon after joined the Air Force as a medic. He was well-loved by his colleagues who always greeted him as “Doc”. Carl served all over the world during his 26 years of duty including England, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, and Germany. He obtained several honors during his tours of duty including the meritorious service award, the AF expeditionary medal, and the national defense medal. Wherever he traveled, he made friends, learned new languages, and collected stories that he would tell to his friends and family time and again in the style for which he will always be remembered by both his family and friends. After his retirement from the Air Force, Carl worked as a security guard in various locations. In the past, he had been a member of both the Moose Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign War. Over the last year, he had also volunteered as an ambassador at the Ecumenical Independent Living facility, where he lived for the past two years and made many friendships over cards and horseshoe games. His family would like to extend their gratitude to the wonderful nursing staff who cared for Carl during his illness both at the various Harrisburg hospitals where he was treated, but also at Colonial Park Center. Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. Wiedeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., is handling arrangements.
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