Mary L. Donato

Mary L. Donato

VOORHEESVILLE — Mary L. Donato — an artist, a caregiver, and a world-class Gramma, her family said — died on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at her Voorheesville home. She was 92.

Born Oct. 30, 1928 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Evelyn (née Brown) Oddy.

Mrs. Donato worked early in her life at Lodge’s Department Store in Albany and later for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, before settling down to be a stay-at-home mom.

“Mary was a kind and giving person, always willing to help family and friends …,” her family wrote in a tribute. “She was always a caregiver for all who needed her, including her mother and aunt in their later years.

“Mary was a wonderful artist and many of her paintings are still hanging in homes all over the area.

“Mary possessed a wry sense of humor and was always reading books in her spare time. She doted on her grandkids and great-grandkids as only a world-class Gramma could.”


Mary L. Donato is survived by her children, James Donato, Jo Anne Andersen and her husband, Eric, Vincent Donato and his wife, Barbara, and John Donato and his wife, Marie; by her grandchildren, Christopher Russell, Anthony Donato, Destiny Donato, Joseph Donato, Caroline Donato and Mark Donato; and by her great-grandchildren, Xavier, Gabriel, Amelia, Lucas, Tylo,r and Margaret Mae.

She is also survived by her siblings, Catherine Ferguson, Beverly Sprague, Elizabeth Kenneally, Sueanne Robertson, Kenneth Oddy, John Oddy, and Robert Oddy, as well as many, many loving family members.

Her parents, Kenneth and Evelyn (née Brown) Oddy, died before her, as did her husband of 62 years, Joseph Donato; her son Anthony Donato; her grandson, Jason Ahrens; and her siblings, Joseph Oddy and Helen Donato.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m. at New Comer Funeral Home at 343 New Karner Rd. in Colonie NY 12205.

Social-distance practices will be in effect, chapel size is limited to current New York State guidelines, and masks are required in the building.

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