• May 29, 1938 - August 26, 2017
  • Fairview Heights, Illinois

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Alice M. Donato, nee Hemmer, 79, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, born May 29, 1938, in Lebanon, Illinois, passed away, Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Belleville, Illinois.

Alice was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois. She loved gardening and tending to her flowers; especially, her rose bushes. She enjoyed camping and loved her dogs. Every holiday season brought a smile to her face, as she enjoyed decoration and having events for her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who will truly be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Zetta, nee Poss, Hemmer; and her brothers, Roy Hemmer and William "Sandy" Hemmer.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 61 years, Dominick A. "Don" Donato, Jr., of Fairview Heights, Illinois; her children, Deborah (Frank) Kondoudis, of Belleville, Illinois, Cynthia (Dr. Thomas) Cahill, of Shiloh, Illinois, and Jeff (Claire) Donato, of Belleville, Illinois; grandchildren, Bradley (Patty) Henke, Melissa (Skippy) Pflueger, Melanie (Rob) Cantrell, Jessica (Ryan) Clay, Michael Cresswell, Alissa Donato, and Julia Donato; great grandchildren, Zoey, Haley, Dalton, Elijah, Jace, Sophia, and a baby boy on the way; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or the Belleville Humane Society. Condolences may also be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the funeral home with Monsignor David Darin officiating. Interment will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.