Hawley, Donna Leigh, 72, of Middletown, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
Born in Stratford, CT to Andrew and Elizabeth German, Donna grew up in Connecticut with her sister, Cynthia and two brothers, Kenneth and Drew. At 18 years of age, Donna married her high school sweetheart, Frederick C. Hawley. They settled in Middletown, NJ, where they raised their four children, Katharine, Frederick (Scott), John and Jamie. While raising her family, Donna endeavored on a genealogical journey, whereupon after extensive research, she traced her roots all the way to William Brewster, Mayflower passenger and leader of the Plymouth Colony in New England. As a result, Donna became a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, as well as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), serving as secretary of their local chapter. While in her forties, Donna continued her education, first at Brookdale College, then at Monmouth University, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Known as “Donna Skirt” for her dedication to the skirted nurse’s uniform, Donna worked on 4 South at Riverview Medical Center for 25 years, then per diem for another 3 years in Infection Protection. Donna lived a full and vibrant life, relishing the joys of world-wide traveling and caring for her family and patients.
Donna is predeceased by her parents, Andrew German and Elizabeth Taylor, and by her sister, Cynthia German
Donna is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Frederick C. “Fred” Hawley; her four children, Katharine Capra and husband John of Raritan, NJ, Frederick “Scott” Hawley and wife Suzanne of Evanston, IL, John Hawley of New York, NY and Jamie Hawley and wife Shelby of Thornton, CO; her two brothers, Kenneth German of Bridgeport, CT and Drew German of St. Petersburg, FL, her five grandchildren Nick, Bailey, and Justin Capra, Jacob and Ellie Hawley; her three brothers-in-law, Robert Hawley and wife Patricia of St. Augustine, FL, James Hawley and wife Kathy of Jacksonville, FL and Raymond Hawley of Stratford, CT, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Donna’s life will be held on Saturday, June 17th at 12:00pm at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. Guests may begin to arrive at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donna’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater New Jersey Chapter, 23 Vreeland Road #105, Florham Park, NJ 07932 OR We Care Adult Care, 552 A State Route 35, Red Bank, NJ 07701 (Union Square Shopping Center).
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