Donna Skwarek, 61, of Manahawkin, NJ passed away peacefully on Friday, November 11th, 2016 in the presence of family after a hard-fought battle with breast cancer. Donna defined selflessness, spending the latter portion of her life as a caretaker and by donating her time to hosting community events, gatherings and fundraisers in Ocean Beach II.
Always with a smile and a loud laugh, Donna found joy in spending time with others: be it through family functions, special events, or throwing parties with friends. She always put others before her own well-being and never left a room without leaving a lasting impression on everyone in it.
Widowed for the last ten years, Donna joins her husband Richard in eternal rest, being survived by her son Shane, his girlfriend Melina Kotsolakis, and their unborn child of Toms River; her son Justin of Manahawkin; her daughter Kayla and her fiancé Steve Vaughn of Manahawkin; her son Nicholas of Lumberton; her sister Susan Civitano of Union; and her incredible mother Carmella Civitano also of Union, as well as numerous loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to pay their final respects on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at Shinn Funeral Home (10 Hilliard Dr, Manahawkin NJ 08050) between the hours of 2 – 4 PM or 6 – 8 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at St. Mary’s of the Pines Church (100 Bishop Way, Manahawkin, NJ 08050) at 1 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you please make a donation in Donna’s honor to:
- Ocean Beach II Special Events (http://www.obyc.net)
- Holy Redeemer Hospice (http://www.holyredeemer.com/Main/GivingHOME1.aspx); or
- Ken’s Kitchen @ St. Mary’s Church (http://stmarybarnegat.com/ministries/justice-service-ministries/36-ken-s-kitchen)