February 17, 1932 - May 06, 2019
Visitation: Wednesday and Thursday, 2-4 & 6-8PM, Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Hwy. Pgh, PA 15229
Service: Friday, 10AM St. Athanasius Church, 7 Chalfonte Ave., Pgh, PA 15229
Frederick (Fred) Donatelli, Jr., 87, of Ross Township, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Monday, May 6, 2019. He was born on February 17, 1932, in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Frederick Sr., and Celeste Donatelli
In 1965, he founded Fred Donatelli Cemetery Memorials in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, followed in later years by Pittsburgh Cremation Service and OakCrest Pet Crematory. Together, these three companies demonstrate the strong commitment and significant investment that Fred and his wife Deloris made over the years to excellence in customer care in the memorial and funeral industries. Many family members have worked, and continue to work in the business, providing strong work ethic among their eight (8) children. Fred was involved for decades with the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS) most recently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He loved to share his knowledge with PIMS students and served as a local teacher of the proper methods of cremation service, as well as the importance of a “good attitude” in all aspects of life. He served the community in many ways: as a member of Incarnation Parish’s Finance Council, a Ross Township Commissioner, and a past President of the West View Area Kiwanis. Fred was also an avid supporter of the Knights of Columbus in Bellevue and the North Hills Chamber of Commerce. Other professional organizations benefiting from Fred’s involvement include the Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association (ACFDA), the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories, and the Monument Builders of North America. Fred’s companies were recognized with a Family Business Award by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2015. In his retirement years, Fred loved chatting with visitors at the office, enjoying lunch with his wife at Rico’s Restaurant, and enjoying many family events and celebrations.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Deloris (Bosetti) Donatelli, children, David (Barbara) Donatelli of Hatboro, PA, Joann (Russ) Fischer of Charlotte, NC, Diane (Bill) Malivuk of Cranberry, PA, Fred “Corky” (Kathy) Donatelli of Ross Township, PA, Vincent (Sharon) Donatelli of Galena, OH, Philip (Jill) Donatelli of Clairton, PA, Julie (Bruce) Krist of Allison Park, PA and Laurie (Bill) Rossi of West Deer, PA; Grandchildren, David, Scott, Greg, Jeffrey, Jonathan, Melissa (Wes), Justin (Trisha), Jennifer (Andrew), Lauren, Derick, Andrew, Allison, Sam, Anthony, Victoria, Mario, Dominic, Jason, Ryan, Sarah, Maria, Gabriella, and Nicolas, four great grandchildren, brother James Donatelli of Pittsburgh PA, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Margaret Siciliano and Eugenia Mulle’, and brothers Thomas F. Donatelli and Reverend Philip J. Donatelli.
Friends are welcome Wednesday and Thursday from 2- 4 & 6-8PM at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, Inc. 806 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10AM Friday, May 10, 2019, in St. Athanasius Church, 7 Chalfonte Ave., Pgh, PA 15229. Interment will follow in Christ our Redeemer Cemetery, Ross Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org