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LINCOLNVILLE, ME - Donnamarie Heal, 64, passed away peacefully at home on December 17, 2017, surrounded by her family. Donna was born October 3, 1953, in Lawrence, Mass., to Harry and Adeline (Diburro) Savastano.
Donna graduated from Saint Mary's High School in 1971 and Salem State College in 1975. She taught high school mathematics and worked as a teacher in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and finally at Camden Hills Regional High School in Maine. She enjoyed chaperoning student trips to Washington, D.C., Italy, and Turkey. She always made time to help her students and was more impressed by hard work than natural talent.
Donna loved to cook, always getting her family to try something new. She made family events special with the wonderful food she cooked, especially around the holidays. Her students would also enjoy her many baked goods along with various snacks that she kept hidden in her file cabinet.
She loved her family deeply and adored her grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon of Lincolnville; daughter, Elizabeth of Fitchburg, Mass., daughter Susan Moulton and husband, Frank of Clinton; two grandchildren, Charlotte and Marshall; brother, Thomas Savastano of Methuen, Mass.; sister, Christina Meaney and husband, David of Atkinson, N.H.; sisters-in-law, Karen Orhon of Hope and Elaine Tibbetts and husband, Barry of North Whitefield, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 22, at Riposta Funeral Home, with the Reverend Ken Dale officiating. Interment at the Upper Cemetery, Lincolnville, will be announced in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pine Tree Society, 149 Front Street, Bath, ME 04530. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.ripostafh.com.
Published on December 19, 2017
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