Mario J. Donato

Mario J. Donato, a resident of Tappan for 54 years, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2020 at The Jewish Home Rehabilitation Center in Rockleigh, NJ with his wife of nearly 63 years at this side.   Mario was born on January 21, 1931 in the Bronx NY to Domenico and Josephine (Alessi) Donato where he attended DeWitt Clinton High School and City College.   After serving and being honorably discharged from the United States Marines during the Korean War, he married Sylvia Toriello on September 8, 1957 at Our Lady of Grace Church in the Bronx.  

Mario was a systems analyst at JP Morgan Chase Bank in Manhattan for 35 years.  He was an avid sports fan with a wealth of knowledge about his beloved NY Yankees and NY Giants.  He also enjoyed golfing, gardening and many happy times with his friends and family.  He was an active volunteer in the community which included coaching with the Tappan Little League, umpiring with the Rockland Softball Association, and preparing tax returns for the AARP.  Mario was a member of the Knights of Columbus Triune Counsel #2505 and a communicant at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church in Tappan.

Mario is survived by his wife Sylvia at home in Tappan, his son Mario J. Donato, Jr. (Melissa) and daughter Stephanie Donato Gaba (Stephen), granddaughters Christine, Juliet and Mia, brother-in-law and sister-in -law Ernest and Patricia Cipollaro, sister-in-law Judee Toriello, and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ 07647 on Wednesday, July  29, 2020.  A Mass of Christian burial will held at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY 10983. Interment will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mario’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital,


  1. Mario was a wonderful man. I will miss his hearty laugh and generosity of spirit. RIP

  2. Sorry for your lost….Rest in Peace Mario

  3. May Perpetual Light Shine Upon him. Rest In Peace.
    The Conway Family

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