Donna J. Pepe

Died: 2019-06-26
Resided in: Middleton, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2019-07-01 :: 11am-2pm
Service type: Small service at 2pm
Service date: 2019-07-01 2pm
Service location: Short Service at 2pm
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Donna J. Pepe passed away suddenly June 26, 2019 at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, MA surrounded by her family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Douglas and Carolyn Nelson and her sister Gail J. Nelson. She was born in Beverly Hospital on April 24, 1952. Donna attended Masconomet Regional High School and graduated in 1970. Donna met the love of her life, Mario Pepe, at their mutual place of employment and they married on April 3, 1982. They have two amazing children, Jeffery Nelson Pepe of Middleton, Mass and Lauren Grace Pepe of Tampa, Florida. Donna and Mario loved to travel which included Italy, Greece, Mexico, Croatia, Spain and they especially loved Aruba. Her interests were entertaining friends and family and she was a very competitive bocce player in her exquisitely landscaped backyard. Gardening was her passion and her beautiful home was proof! Donna was an inspiring mother, loving wife, supportive sister and the best friend she could be to so many. She lived her life Living, Laughing, and Loving. In addition to her husband and children, Donna leaves behind her sister Judith Nelson of San Diego, CA, her brother Douglas Nelson and his partner Carol Reynolds of Scottsville, VA, her brother Richard Nelson and wife, Karen, of Topsfield, MA, and her sister Ellen Flint and husband, Charles, of Hampton, NH. She had many cousins, nieces and nephews. Donna’s many friends have been a constant source of support, love and longtime forever friendships. Donna and Mario’s home was open to all, a place for friends and family to share wonderful food and good times.

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Mario, Jeff and Lauren, George and I want to say how much we loved Donna and how badly we feel at her sudden passing. We always loved and now cherish our times together. She had such a warm, caring spirit and beautiful smile. She loved you all so much - and was so very proud of you all. She loved telling us how proud she was that Jeff was in their family business and that Lauren was so beautiful and independent living in her beautiful place in Florida. Her love for you, Mario was so evident, I think she really must have been as much in love with you now as she was when you first dated. I loved hearing the stories of how you both got together. Her love, sense of humor and zest for life are all things we should all strive for. We miss her terribly. With all our love, Maureen and George King
Mario, Lauren and Jeff, I loved your mom, wife with all of my heart..... she was a champion to all and loved her friends with all her heart. She will be missed and remembered every day. My heart is broken. <3 <3 <3 <3
Mario, Jeff and Lauren, There are no words to explain how heartbroken I am for all of you. The three of you were Donna's world. Her larger than life presence will forever live on! There's no doubt in my mind she will be fiercely watching down on the tree of you every minute of every day!
Mario, Jeff and Lauren, My prays are with you. Donna was larger than life itself, and I am honored to have known her. Heaven got a good one here. My prays are with you all. The McIntire Family (John, Lynne, Carol)
Mario and family, we are very sorry for your loss. Cookie and Jack Reid
Dearest Mario, Jeff, Lauren and all those who had the privilege to know Donna She was a great host, Dan and I were always happy to come for a visit to their beautiful home. She greeted everyone with her infectious smile and a twinkle in her eye. We knew we were going to have a wonderful time, good food, good people, many laughs. I particularly love to walk and take pictures of the garden that her and Mario tended for many years" They both were the hostess with the most-est........Our Hearts are so broken Dan & Pearl Hall

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