Niagara Gazette


January 5, 2014

Margaret Donato

NIAGARA FALLS — Margaret (Oliverio) Donato, 86, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. The youngest of 13 children, Margaret was born in Clarksburg, WV to the late Frank and Concetta Oliverio.

She was raised and educated in Clarksburg, where she married Cosmo J. Donato on June 25, 1945. Together they moved to Niagara Falls in 1948 where she had continued to live until the present time. Margaret, along with her husband, worked side by side at Donato's Tavern in Niagara Falls and in January of 1963, they bought the former Hitching Post Restaurant in which they ran until her retirement in 1978. Margaret was an outstanding cook and baker, and was known for her beef on weck. Margaret enjoyed being surrounded by her family and preparing Italian feasts for them. She especially enjoyed baking homemade bread and Italian cookies for the holidays. She cherished the times she was able to spend with her great-grandchildren who would refer to her as their Big Grandma. Margaret was also an avid reader and in her leisure time enjoyed visiting her family back in Clarksburg, WV.

Mrs. Donato was predeceased by her husband, Cosmo Donato. Margaret is survived by a son, F. David (late Carol) Donato of Lewiston, NY, and a daughter, Mary Ann (John) Broda of Youngstown, NY; three grandchildren, Michele Donato, Jeanine (Marc) Catanzaro and Dana (Michael) Evans; four great-grandchildren, Gianna Michele Catanzaro, Matthew David Catanzaro, David Michael-Reese Evans and Caroline Alivia Evans, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her 13 siblings.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Thursday, January 9th, at 10:30 AM at Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY.

Please visit for online guest register.

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