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Obituary for Donna L Burnes (DeCerb)


Spent her life helping others

WATERBURY - Donna L. Burnes, age 76 of Waterbury passed away peacefully at home on Friday, December 18, 2020 after an extended illness. She was the wife of William V. Burnes Jr.

Donna was born on March 14, 1944 in Wilkes-Barre PA the daughter of the late Leon Sr. and Mary (Wright) DeCerb. Donna grew up and spent her life in Waterbury, CT, attending local schools and graduating from Wilby High School in 1962. Donna attended the Waterbury Hospital School of Nursing and graduated from there in 1965. Donna spent her life helping others in the Healthcare field, starting her career as a registered nurse in the Waterbury Hospital Delivery Room and ultimately retired from Waterbury Extended Care Facility, serving as the night supervisor until her retirement. Donna raised 3 children with her husband William. She enjoyed spending time with family and especially her grandchildren. Her fondest memories were of traveling with family and the many places she visited. Donna will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love her.

Left to honor her memory and legacy besides her husband of 53 years are her children; son, William V. Burnes III (Gretchen) of Plainville CT, daughters; Tamara Mercier (husband Daniel) of Woodstock CT and Heather DiCello (Salvatore) of Danbury, CT and 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves her siblings; brothers, Craig DeCerb (Marcy), of Sidney, Maine and Leon DeCerb Jr, (wife Annette) of Greensburg, Pennsylvania and her sister, Jessica DiVito (Charles) of Waterbury, CT. Donna’s family would like to thank and acknowledge the many doctors, nurses and staff at the Harold Leever Cancer Center of Waterbury for the care and love they shared with Donna throughout her illness.

Due to the restrictions regarding the COVID # 19 pandemic, funeral services for Mrs Burnes will be private however relatives and friends may pay their respects to the family during a walk-through visitation on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 from 4:00 till 6:00 p.m. at Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1987 East Main St @ Southmayd Rd Waterbury CT 06705. All social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced. Burial will be held privately. To honor Donna’s memory and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center 1048 Chase Parkway Waterbury CT 06708 would be greatly appreciated by her family. Memories endure only if you share them so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the Burnes family on Donna’s tribute page at