Donna Isabel Dorosz died peacefully in Willimantic, CT on October 6, 2018 at age 67 after a long illness.
Born in Willimantic to the late Alfred and Isabel (Goodman) Dorosz, Donna lived there until she moved with her retired parents to Florida. After their deaths, she moved to Thompson, CT to be closer to her family.
She resided at Thornfield Hall Group Home until illness necessitated her move to Vanderman Place in Willimantic. Donna will always be remembered as a very special person who, in spite of her intellectual and developmental disabilities, carved lovely memories of big hugs, laughter, curiosity and a stubborn spirit in the hearts of all who knew her.
She is survived by her sisters Carole (R. Wayne) Diesel of Albany, NY and Diane (Daniel) Meade of Hampton, CT, four nieces, a nephew, nine grandnieces, a grandnephew and many cousins.
The family acknowledges the kindness, care and compassion from physicians, nurses, aides, social workers and teachers over many years, and from the staffs of Thornfield Hall and Vanderman Place, and especially Lori Hemphill.
A memorial gathering will be at a later date.
Donations in Donna’s name may be made to Northeast Placement Services, Inc, 312 Rte 169, PO Box 185, South Woodstock, CT 06267 or Connecticut Special Olympics, 2666 State Street, Suite 1, Hamden, CT 06517.