Franklin C. “Frank” Donato

July 22, 1956 ‒ March 25, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Franklin C. “Frank” Donato went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, March 25, 2015 in his Mansfield home following a brief illness. He was 58.

He was born July 22, 1956 in Cleveland to parents Frank F. & Daisy B. (Coon) Donato. After he was graduated from Ontario High School with the class of 1974, he furthered his education by earning his bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Frank worked for many Mansfield companies over the years, including: the Mansfield News Journal, Westinghouse, and Pioneer National Latex. A young lady named Dawn Spalding caught his eye and the pair soon married on June 6, 1997.

A stickler for detail, Frank had an incredible memory and a generous spirit. He could often be found rooting for Cleveland sports teams, OSU sports, and local high school teams. He thoroughly enjoyed golfing, bowling, and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Frank was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Mansfield.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 18 years, The Rev. Dawn Donato of Mansfield; two sisters and brothers-in-law: Rosemarie & Robert Rupel and Joanie & Rob Sells all of Mt. Vernon; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by a brother Michael Donato, and a favorite canine companion (she was a red Doberman), Hallelujah.

A memorial service honoring his life will be held 1 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 in St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1262 Ashland Rd in Mansfield, and friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Rev. Pastor Bonnie Peltomaa will officiate and inurnment will be held at a later date.

For contributions in his memory, make checks payable to the American Lung Association or St. Timothy Lutheran Church and bring to the service or send to the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Frank’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Dawn…..Evan & I are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and your family as well as your church family. We know your faith is strong and there to comfort you. But grief is real, but your strength in God is there to comfort when needed. Blessings, Karen & Evan.

  • So sorry for your loss. Pray for peace & comfort @ this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts & prayers always! Joanie & Mark

  • Pastor Dawn, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love and hugs from the Moysi/Pore/Neron gang.

  • Pastor Dawn,
    Prayers and fond memories are what you have to remember your dear Frank. Please be comforted knowing your friends and family are here to comfort you during these difficult days. My most heartfelt condolences. Hugs and Prayers Mariellen Theaker

  • Thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. May your treasured memories give you comfort at this most difficult time! Sincere sympathy!
    Bonnie Palmer

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep your memories close for a time of healing. Our sincere sympathy. Linda and Lanny

  • Dear Rosie and Joanie,

    I am so sorry to hear about Frankie. We sure have a lot of memories to share. Growing up on Willowood Dr with my kids and all the fun we had, never a day went by that there wasn’t a baseball game going on in our backyard. Winter brought big snow drifts on the hill between our houses, and we would jump in them like we were a little crazy. Having a great friendship with your Mom and Dad, having cook outs, bowling and so much more. I hope those times were as special to both of you as it was for us.

    Now we have lost some of our love ones, and we must carry on without them, but the memories we will always treasure. They are with God now, and he will take care of them for us. I pray that he will bring you peace and comfort at this time.

    Our Love, and Sincere Sympathy…..Jean, Brad, Rona, Jann, and Kara Remy

  • Dear Dawn,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You have been through so much in the last year. Your friends are here to help and comfort you.
    In Sincere Sympathy, Cecile