On April 2, 2021, Donna Grodkiewicz, loving daughter, sister, grandchild, niece and friend, left this world unexpectedly, at the age of 54. Donna was born on February 6, 1967 in Newark, New Jersey. The daughter of Ronald and Paula Grodkiewicz. Donna was a graduate of Franklin High School in New Jersey and then graduated at the Katherine Gibbs Business School. Donna was an executive secretary in the acquisitions department of the corporate offices of Dunkin Donuts before her health forced her to retire too soon. A beautiful soul who's time was much too short. Donna is survived by her loving mother, Paula, her devoted identical twin sister Denise and and her loving brother Kevin. Godfather, Robert and Aunt Linda Grodkiewicz, godmother Penny DeSiena and Uncles Bernard DeSiena and Richard Bork and Colleen Bork. Niece and goddaughter Nicole Traina, cousins Tracy Matta, Kerri Crowley, Karen Gecht, Cheryl Armstrong and Bernie DeSiena.
A gathering of family and friends is scheduled for Donna on Tuesday, April 6th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Home, 226 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, Florida 32778. A celebration of life service will immediately follow Donna's gathering beginning at 4:00 PM at Steverson's with Father Nelson Javier officiating. Donna will then be escorted to New Jersey where a gathering of family and friends will be held at Maxwell Funeral Home, 160 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, 08087 on Saturday, April 10th from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. After the gathering, Donna will be escorted to her place of rest at Greenwood Cemetery, 683 N. Green Street, Tuckerton, New Jersey, 08087. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 161 N. Clark Street, Suite 350, Chicago, Illinois 60601 or to your local animal shelter.
As Donna’s family, we’d like to share with you a few memories we have of her and how she was to us:
Even though she was two minutes younger than her twin, Denise, she liked to take charge of any situation. She was not afraid to let you know who the boss was or how things were going to be. But just because she had this no-nonsense attitude doesn’t mean that she would not drop everything to be there for anyone (friend, family, stranger, or animal alike) if they needed her. She had kindness in her to try and help in any way that she could.
As a child, Donna was quite the girly-girl and would spin stories about growing up to buy fur coats, diamond rings, and having many, many children. She went to dancing school, enjoyed performing in her recitals, and was so gifted that she was asked to audition for The Nutcracker in New York City. Sadly, before her dream was realized, Donna was diagnosed with a serious medical condition. But being the ball of fire that she was, she held her chin high and endured all of the tests and took her medications as prescribed to the “T”.
This did not dissuade Donna. She excelled in school and went on to graduate the top of her class from Katherine Gibbs, continuing to use her learned professionalism to this very day. Her determination earned her a top spot at corporate Dunkin Donuts which she absolutely loved and she shined at.
Donna had many passions. She enjoyed fishing and how she was going to “fix this” (it didn’t matter what “it” was; she was going to fix it). Everyone wanted Donna to open up a restaurant once they tasted her spinach quiche. She also enjoyed listening to country music, line dancing, and going to Disney World. From her fine taste in designer clothing (she didn’t go anywhere without one of her Coach purses), cruising around in her Lincolns, to decorating her home and rooms with the best furniture she could find. She also refused to go out without having her hair, makeup, and nails done. Donna was always stylin’.
We’ll always remember her for how strong and unstoppable she was. How she always lived life to the fullest anytime she did something. Donna will never cease to be an inspiration to us all.