Eugene Donofrio

August 19, 1921 - March 1, 2018
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Eugene Donofrio, 96, of New Philadelphia, passed away March 1, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Born August 19, 1921 in Roswell, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Elizabeth (Amicone) Donofrio.

Eugene’s family was truly proud of his military service in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served hono…

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Eugene Donofrio, 96, of New Philadelphia, passed away March 1, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Born August 19, 1921 in Roswell, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Elizabeth (Amicone) Donofrio.

Eugene’s family was truly proud of his military service in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served honorably in the Pacific Theater and was part of the battle on the island of Iwo Jima.

On May 17, 1952 Eugene married the former Zita E. Dapoz in Sacred Heart Church. They celebrated nearly 50 years of marriage prior to her passing on February 5, 2002.

Eugene was employed by the former Joy Manufacturing for 33 years prior to his retirement in 1983.

He was an avid member and supporter of the Tuscarawas Central Catholic Booster Club where he enjoyed playing cards with his friends at the conclusion of the TCC meetings. Over the years, Eugene enjoyed watching both his son Gene, and grandson Jeremy, play various sports for the TCC Saints. He was an avid sports enthusiast who loved watching sports on TV, especially boxing matches. Eugene also was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Church where he was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Eugene enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas and Myrtle Beach with his wife, Zita, daughter Cathy, and son-in-law Lewie. In Eugene’s later years, he enjoyed sitting in the sun and doing his two favorite past times which were reading and completing hundreds of word search puzzles. He also accompanied his son on numerous carpentry jobs which many times were the highlight of his day.

Survivors include his son, Gene of New Philadelphia, with whom he resided. Gene took tremendous and diligent care of his father especially in Eugene’s later years. He is also survived by his daughter Cathy (Lewie) Banks of New Philadelphia to whom he always showed unconditional love. Eugene will be greatly missed by his only grandson, Jeremy Banks of Colorado, with whom he shared many stories and precious times. His family is completed by several nieces and nephews.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, wife, an infant brother Vincent and three other siblings, Florence (Leonard “Diz”) Simonetti, Dolores (Joe) Schiavoni, and Regina (Glen) Galbraith.

Visitation will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia on Monday March 5, 2018 from 5 to 7 PM with the Rosary being said at 7 PM. Father Jeff Coning will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday March 6, 2018 beginning at 11 AM. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery at New Philadelphia. A reception will be held in St. Ambrose Hall immediately following the committal service.

Memorial contributions in Eugene’s memory may be directed to Sacred Heart Church Building Fund, 139 Third St. NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or the Tuscarawas Central Catholic Booster Club, 777 Third St. NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

End Time: 12:00 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Address:

139 3rd Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Calvary Cemetery - New Philadelphia

Address:

Delaware Drive, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Reception Information

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

St. Ambrose Hall

Address:

139 Third St NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Born: August 19, 1921
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Condolences for Eugene Donofrio

Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Belinda Grimsley posted on 3/19/18

We are so sorry for you loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers Dr. Nothnagel and Ohio Retina Associates staff

 

Scott Kaser posted on 3/6/18

Deepest condolences to the family. Miss playing cards with the group.

 

sherry lindon posted on 3/5/18

What a great guy! Glad I got to know him. Sorry for your loss.

 

ANNE DALCOLMA posted on 3/5/18

WORDS CAN'T EXPRESS THE SADNESS IF FEEL FOR THE PASSING OF EUGENE. I HAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF OUR GROWING UP TOGETHER AND WILL ALWAYS CHERISH THEM. WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY, ANNE DALCOLMA

 

Simonetti family posted on 3/3/18

Uncle Eugene was a great guy. It was always a pleasure to be around him. He seemed to have a smile for everyone and his family and faith came first. He will be missed by many. You are in our prayers.

 

MR. & DR. KEVIN B. (DENISE MCENROE) PETITTE posted on 3/3/18

HE WILL BE DEEPEST MISSED BY OUR FAMILY, OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS!

 

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