Brattleboro- Donna Marie Burgoyne, 75, a native of Brattleboro died Wednesday night, August 8, 2018 at Pine Heights Nursing Home following a brief illness.
Donna was born in Brattleboro on October 12, 1942 the daughter of Faheem John and Blanche (Burgoyne) Ziter. She was raised and educated in Brattleboro and was a proud graduate of Saint Michael’s High School, Class of 1960.
She had been employed as a switchboard operator at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for thirteen years retiring in 1992. For a number of years, she resided in Clinton, Massachusetts and had worked at Van Brody Industries and Henri Hair Salon both in Clinton. In her earlier years she worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in their Brattleboro office.
Strong and steadfast in her walk of faith Donna was a longtime communicant of Saint Michael Roman Catholic Church.
Donna was a member of the B.P.O. Elks Emblem Club, Brattleboro Lodge #1499, held membership in the Brattleboro Floral and Garden Club and was a very active volunteer and fund raiser for several Brattleboro organizations that included the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Saint Michael’s High School Alumni Association, acting as organizer for its annual Celebration and reunion.
A faithful and devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother, her life centered around her family. She enjoyed family get togethers especially during the holidays. Donna was very proud of her Lebanese heritage.
Of her leisure time activities, she loved the beach and enjoyed trips to Cape Cod and enjoyed seasonal activities especially apple picking at Cortland Hill (Miller Orchards). Donna loved music, cooking and flowers.
She will be remembered for her pleasant and optimistic personality and spirit of friendship.
On April 28, 1962 at Saint Michael Catholic Church she was married to Thomas J. Burgoyne who survives.
Besides her husband of 56 years she leaves one daughter, Andrea Bergeron and husband James of Clinton, Massachusetts, one son, Aaron Burgoyne and his wife Gena of Brattleboro, and her three grandchildren, Alexander, Jackson and Aubree.
Additionally, she leaves several nieces and nephews and many cousins.
She was predeceased by an infant son, John Thomas and a sister, Tanya Beebe.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Michael Catholic Church with Fr. Justin Baker, pastor, celebrant. Committal Rites and burial will follow in Saint Michael’s Parish Cemetery.
Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 P.M.
Memorial contributions in Donna’s name may be made to Saint Michael’s School, 47 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 or to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 35105, (www.stjude.org).