Peter J. Donatella

Peter J. Donatella, age 81 of Phoenix, AZ died October 11, 2017. He was born March 18, 1936 in Teaneck, NJ to Romeo Osvaldo and Mary Julia. Peter was the Arizona Accordion Club co-founder and treasurer. He passed on his love of the accordion by teaching others to play. He was a school teacher for 35 years and loved to teach. Students and parents recognized his abilities and would request his class. Peter is survived by his wife of 29 ½ years, Raye Donatella; four daughters, Terry Rodriguez, Jo Anne Donatella, Patti Donatella, and Eileen Donatella; two sons, Dale Atkinson and Donald Atkinson; 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dana Lane.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ.

7 Comments on “Peter J. Donatella

  1. Pete’s wonderful music and kind encouragement of those trying to master the accordion will be sorely missed. He was always professional, showing excellent musicianship, and thoughtful of others in a group. Thankfully, we have his recordings and all the memories of the man which play on in our hearts.

  2. Our sincere sympathy to Raye, and family. Pete was a great man and a wonderful accordion player. We enjoyed his playing while attending the Az. Accordion Club for many years Rest in Peace. John & Rose Protocollo Scottsdale Az

  3. My sincerest condolences to Raye and family. Pete was a teacher, mentor, sage and friend to me. Our weekly sessions were filled with lessons about music and, more importantly, life. As I sit in my classroom, I hope that I am able to impact as many people as Pete did, in an equally positive way. I shall always cherish the knowledge and friendship that Pete bestowed upon me.

  4. God Speed to a better place

    While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.

  5. My sincere condolences to the family and friends. Mr Donatella was my 6th grade teacher at Palm Lane Elementary in 1992-1993. He was a great teacher and I learned a lot from him.

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