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Donna Marie (Prestash) Raineault

November 28, 1950 ~ August 10, 2019 (age 68)

Donna Raineault, 68, passed away on the morning of August 10, 2019 after a long illness, with her family by her side. 

She was born in New Britain, CT to Emrick Prestash and the late Lovey (Waida) Prestash and was a longtime resident of Middletown, CT.

Donna graduated from New Britain High School and E.C. Goodwin Regional Vocational-Technical School and worked as a nurse at New Britain General Hospital for many years.

Donna will be remembered as a loving wife and mother. She had a wonderful curiosity throughout her life, which gave her a razor-sharp mind for crossword puzzles and Jeopardy. She made the world a more beautiful place with her smile and her skill at gardening and holiday decorating. Her children fondly remember her for bringing magic to their lives and encouraging a sense of wonder about the world, skillful cooking, dedicated reading, and attentive nature walking – which they are glad to have inherited.

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Douglas P. Raineault; her son, Douglas, his wife Kelli and their children Nathaniel, William, and Charles; her daughters, Nicole and her fiancé Gregg, and Jennifer Smith and her husband Cory. She is also survived by her sisters, Andrea Tolomea and her husband John, Linda Kohl, and Debbie Gerardi and her companion Charles Barbero, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister Pamela Bacezewski.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2019, following a 10:30 a.m. calling hour at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home of Berlin/Porters, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Berlin. Burial will follow at South Burial Grounds in Kensington.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( or St. Sophia’s Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary (


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