Obituary of Donna Anne Conforti
She will now rest in peace forever; Donna Anne Conforti was born on February 8, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York. A mother of five, she bestowed upon everyone, the humor and resilience of her late father, second-generation Irish American Edward Collins of Brooklyn, New York, and an inheritance of artistry and culinary wisdom from her late mother, third-generation Italian American Geraldine Viso of Brooklyn. We recall countless examples of Donna’s legacy as an inspiration for all of those lucky to enjoy her company in her roles as a loving friend, neighbor, sister, mother, grandmother, and confidant.
Donna is survived by her five loving children and their partners, Matthew and Jennifer Conforti of Huntington, VT, Alison Conforti of Big Island, HI, Andrew and Angie of Williston, VT, Dean and Amanda Conforti of Danville, VA, and Madalyn and Ted Alexandro of Killingsworth, CT. Donna was a Nonna to ten amazing grandchildren, Grayden, Navey, Jackson, Ava, Emily, Ruby, Cameron, Edward, Nico, and Marigold. She is also survived by her sister, Pamela; and her brother-in-law, Ray Begin of Methuen, MA; and her brother, Brian and sister-in-law Eva Collins of Boca Raton, FL. She was a loving aunt to Shane, Erica, Colin, Annika, Brandon, and Michaela. Donna remained close friends and is remembered by her former life partner Patricia Wolskee of Wilmington, DE.
Some of Donna’s fondest memories, and lifelong friends reside in Greenwood Lake, New York, where she graduated high school. Donna grew up enjoying David Bowie, Simon and Garfunkel, and Joni Mitchel. She enjoyed skiing on water and on the slopes, where she found work as a young adult before graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, New York.
Donna was a creative force and artistic talent. A passionate fashion designer, she offered her inspiring and creative skills to making bridal wear and designing wardrobes for musicals at Dunellen High School in New Jersey, where she spent many years raising her family.
Donna faced grave challenges throughout her life following a life-altering car accident that left her unable to walk at age 33. Donna endured a lifetime of health challenges and persevered with dedication to her children as a single mother. She was forever grateful for the help of countless friends and community members. Donna modeled resilience, compassion, advocacy, and love.
Her greatest accomplishment was shaping her children into the amazing people they are today. Donna’s Catholic faith was strong, and her family is comforted by the thought of her reunion in heaven with her mother, Geraldine, and her father, Eddie.
Donna’s sincere faith, and love for humanity fueled her boundless compassion and empathy. That well fueled her unapologetic advocacy for social justice, equity, and inclusion for all. Donna’s gift in making everyone feel as if they were the most important person in the world to her remains a lasting impact on many, because it was true.
A small private service will be held for the immediate family. A Memorial Celebration of life will follow this spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you simply reflect on how Donna treated and cared for you, and do the same for others. The best thing we know how to do is honor her by doing for her what she spent so many years unable to do for herself.