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Donald J. Natali

November 28, 2014

Donald J. NataliDonald J. Natali, 90, Danenwald Rd., Clayton passed away at his home on Friday, November 28, 2014.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 5, at 11AM at St. Mary's Church, Clayton with Rev. Arthur LaBaff, pastor, presiding with burial following in St. Mary's Cemetery with military honors provided by members of the Clayton American Legion. There will be no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. The family will receive friends at 1PM Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, James St., Clayton.

Don was born in Clayton on October 19, 1924, the son of Luigi and Maria Tozzi Natali. He graduated from Clayton High School in 1941. After graduation he moved to San Francisco, CA and worked one year for Safeway. He returned to NY and attended RBI, Rochester in 1942.

He was inducted into the US Army May 29, 1943, serving in the South Philippines. He was wounded December 18, 1944 and he received a Purple Heart. Don also received the Bronze Star, the American Service, the Asiatic Pacific Service, Good Conduct and the World War II Victory Medals, and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon. He was discharged as a Technician 4th Grade January 19, 1946.

He married Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Loveland on October 25, 1947 at St. Mary's Church with Rev. George E. Racette officiating.

Don and his brother, Richard, purchased the former Hastings Place on Rt. 12 in 1946. They renamed it the C-Way Tourinn, specializing in homemade Italian family recipes. A new restaurant was built in 1954, later expanding with a motel and golf course.

Mr. Natali was a communicant of St. Mary's Church. He was a member of American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821 and Knights of Columbus Council 350, both in Clayton. He was an avid golfer and played in several golf leagues. He was also a member of VFW Post 1400 and Elks Lodge 496, both in Watertown.

Besides his wife, Libby, he is survived by his five children, Patricia E. Natali and husband, Ken Kinnard, San Francisco, CA, Anne and John Lefevere, Sterling, VA, John E. Natali, Clayton, Joseph P. and Constance J. Natali, Clayton, and Mary C. and Gary M. Denesha, Clayton; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Marilyn Natali, Carthage and a brother-in-law, Ernest P. Loveland, Jr., and wife, Katherine, Gulfport, FL. Don was predeceased by his eight brothers, Ernest, Victor, Dominic, Albert, Grendel, Richard, Flower T., and Thomas D. Natali, Sr., and his three sisters, Rose Wilski, Nancy Tufo Wheeler, and Helen Delaney.

Donations in his name may be made to St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

 

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#34 Cathy Hunt Saunders 2014-12-06 09:28
Dear Libby, Pat, Ann, John, Joe & Mary, There are too many memories to list them all of the great times spent growing up. Don was such a terrific guy - always so kind with such a big smile. Having just lost Mother 11/17, we certainly know what you are all going through and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
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#33 Mike + Peg Bechaz 2014-12-05 18:10
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you all. Mike and Peg
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#32 Shawn Forbes 2014-12-05 08:00
So sorry for your loss.
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#31 Brian Moore 2014-12-04 22:58
to aunt libby and the natali family I was sadden to hear of the passing of uncle Don.I always loved to hear his story's of the war and how he purchased the c-way..He was always there for me when I needed help ..like giving me a job and taking me out to get my drivers permit when I was 16..he was a good man and i always admired him ..he will be missed by many
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#30 jim & sandy fazio 2014-12-04 08:02
Joe sorry for your loss
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#29 Ellen Osborne 2014-12-04 07:44
Joe, Connie & family -

Just wanted you to know our thoughts are with you.

Ozzie and Ellen Osborne
Sidney, NY
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#28 Diane Reff Morinigo 2014-12-03 19:26
My thoughts are with Libby and the family. All the fond memories will help you get through this difficult time. I think he has lots of pals welcoming into heaven. He was a great man.
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#27 Ellen Haehl 2014-12-03 16:11
Oh John I was so saddened to hear of your father's passing. As you know I was so very fond of him. Lots and lots of memories, not only of him, but of course with you and the entire family. I'm sure they have beer chasers up in heaven waiting for him!! I also can't help but think of your mother during this time. I'm sure with all the love and support you will have with family and friends, she and all of you will endure during this difficult time. My thoughts and continued love...even after all these years are will you all. Ellen (Schnauber)
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#26 Leslie Varner 2014-12-03 13:40
Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Please accept my condolences. He now joins the golf league that my Dad is probably playing in as well. ( Bob Bachman). He was always so kind to everyone.Prayer s are with you.

Leslie Varner
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#25 Mark&Louise Simpson 2014-12-03 12:07
Our hearts are saddened by the news of the passing of Don.His kind ways and infectious laugh have stayed with us all these years .Don exemplified all that is good and fair in his relationships with his fellow man.We will always remember him for his grace, sense of humor,and his devotion to his family and the community.He always made me feel like I was part of the clan.Much love to all the family,Mark & Louise
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