Donna A. Ford
She was loyal to a fault and her friendships meant the world. Stop in any time: Donna always had a pot of coffee ready for you. Her cooking was magical; if Donna boiled water it somehow tasted better and her meatballs were the best. She was able to share her love through her career; she taught special needs children in Edgewater Park for 19 years and inspired with her faith as a CCD teacher at Corpus Christi. Though she only had one boy all of Nick’s friends considered her their mom as well; she was often found on the sidelines cheering them all on. In her younger years she travelled with her husband; always somewhere warm, especially Hawaii where they spent their honeymoon and their 25th anniversary. But her favorite thing was to gather her family close to her; she hosted the holidays and loved Christmas the most. But, of course, holiday or not, her home was always decorated, full of wreaths and flower arrangements. During relaxing times she definitely knew how to unwind enjoying the occasional shot of Tequila or a Vodka Martini. Donna enjoyed catching up with The Young and the Restless and had a soft spot for Joe Walsh
She’d meet a handsome guy named Brian and share a 37-year marriage blessed with two children: Rachael Marie and Nicholas Andrew. Donna is survived by her mother, Theresa Minniti; her brother, Paul Minniti; and her niece, Melissa Minniti. She was predeceased by her father, Francesco Minniti.
Services celebrating 60 great years will be held privately. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital (stjude.org) or Samaritan Hospice (samaritannj.org), 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton NJ 08053.