Donald Stefano

Donald J. Stefano

Monday, May 17th, 1937 - Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
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Stefano, Donald J.
Gates: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at age 81. Predeceased by his brother, John Stefano. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Rosemary (Salerno) Stefano; children, Paul Stefano, Christopher Stefano, Peter (Brenda) Stefano, Donna Stefano; grandchildren, Omar Al Jendari, Daniel Stefano; brothers, Francis (Norma) Stefano, James (Anita) Stefano; sisters, Helen Stefano, Margaret B. Livernash, Rose Marie (Richard) Lombard; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia and Ronald Miner; many nieces and nephews.
Donald was dedicated to caring for children. He worked for 32 years for the Rochester City Schools, first as a teacher and then as a principal at #15 and #30 Schools. After retirement, he taught Math at St. Lawrence School and Religion in the after school program. He was proud of his Canadian background, owning a home on Southern Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada, where he served the homeowners as president of the Beach Association.
Friends may call SUNDAY from 1-5PM at the DiPonzio Funeral Home, Inc., 219 Spencerport Road, Gates. On Monday, February 25, all are invited to attend his Funeral Mass at 9:30 in St. Lawrence Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to St. Lawrence School. 1000 N. Greece Rd., Rochester, NY 14626 or to Alzheimer’s Assoc., 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620 in his memory. Donald’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Highlands at Brighton for their loving and compassionate care.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    DiPonzio Funeral Home, Inc.
    219 Spencerport Rd.
    ROCHESTER, NY 14606
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  • Service

    Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 9:30am
    Monday, February 25th, 2019 9:30am
    St. Lawrence Church
    1000 N. Greece Road
    ROCHESTER, NY 14626
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    Father Lee Chase
  • Interment

    Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
    2461 Lake Avenue
    ROCHESTER, NY 14612
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Muriel McVeigh

Posted at 09:58am
Dear Donna and family. We are very sorry to hear about Don, such a gentle man. I remember when Don and I did the lake water testing...rain or shine, storm or calm, we had to get out into that lake up to our armpits. Then Don would make the rounds and pick up all the samples. He was committed to being involved. So many happy beach memories to look back on. With warm thoughts, Rod and Muriel McVeigh

Cris Zaffuto

Posted at 04:10pm
One of the best principals the City School District had, he knew every child's name in the school and interacted with them on a regular case's. Thank you for you years of service.

Jeff Lupiani

Posted at 08:42pm
Sending my condolences to the Stefano family. RIP. He was. My principal through grade school.I wasnt always the best student and seen him often.What a great man. Was understanding time after time.
Sincerely the Lupiani Family

James Kenyon

Posted at 09:24pm
My thoughts and all my prayers go to Mr Stefano's family and friends , Mr Stefano was all about the kids. I remember him from #30 school as a child , he guided me on a path in life that still to this day I follow , his kind and gentle nature always appealed to me and I wanted to be just like him when I grew up , I know that there is a place in heaven waiting for him , may the lord shine on the broken hearts of the family he leaves behind , take joy in knowing that all of you will see him again and this time it will be eternal , RIP Mr Stefano . James Kenyon ; #30 school student under his care and protection

David Haka

Posted at 09:08pm
RIP Mr Stefano. Thank you for your part in making me the person I am today. Found this pic while reading some stories about you.
David Haka Class of 1975

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