Donna passed away October 8, 2020, peacefully at home with her loving family at her bedside .
Born Donna Crisante on August 2, 1942 in Bridgeport ,CT to the late James and Mary Cristante. She was predeceased by her brothers Joseph, and Samuel , and granddaughter Darlene Felton of Illinois.
Donna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt.
She leaves behind her husband of 30 years, Gregory Keefe, her sister Patricia McDougall, daughters Carrie Anne Verrilli , Dorene Ekman, and Debbie Kirkman (of Illinois),
grandchildren - Marie Verrilli , David Stevenson, Dylan and Vince Ekman,
Fiona , Ava, and Sinead O’Leary, and Derek Felton . She was blessed to be great-grandmother to Anthony Serrano.
Donna was no stranger to struggle and strife in this world. However, her determination and strength guided her through many of life’s difficulties. She was a successful cosmetologist and business owner for many years in Fairfield, CT. Later in her career she dedicated her time to exotic bird rehabilitation and breeding.
Donna was known for her sharp wit, exquisite taste and many talents. A lifelong resident of Bridgeport , she had many friends and acquaintances to share breakfast with at local diners.
Her larger than life personality and presence will be greatly missed by those nearest to her.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and at Donna’s living request, no services will be held. Donations may be made, in her memory to
St.Judes Children Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Wounded Warriors Project 4899 Belfort Rd Suite, 300 Jacksonville FL 32256 woundedwarriorsproject.org