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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Donna Needham

Donna Needham

January 4, 2019
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Donna M. “Bonazelli Burnham” Needham, 68, of Torrington, died on Friday, January 4, 2019 due to injuries sustained in a house fire, along with her beloved husband, John Needham. She was born February 22, 1950 in Hartford, daughter of the late William F. and Helena F. (Ruttgers) Bonazelli and had lived in Avon and Canton prior to moving to Torrington 13 years ago. Donna was a graduate of Northwest Community College, having received her Library Science Associate’s Degree. She was a member of the Avon Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary and volunteered for the House of Bread. Having been a local Antique Dealer for many years, she enjoyed going to flea markets and tag sales. Donna also loved games, especially scrabble, backgammon, cribbage and setback. She also enjoyed instant lottery tickets, a good mystery and the history of the Farmington Valley.
She is survived by her children, Dawn White, Stephen White and John Burnham; her step-sons, Tony and Tim Needham; her sister, Deb Brodeur and her husband John Jarzbek; her brothers, Will and Jason Bonazelli; her brothers-in-law, Rollin and Paul Needham; her grandchildren, Jamell, Reggie, Jessica, Steve, Cayla and Jakob, as well as seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church at 224 Lovely Street, Avon on Saturday January 19, 2019 at 11:00 am, with a church reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made to House of Bread, 1453 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06120. Please visit Donna’s Book of Memories at for online tributes.
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    January 19, 2019 | 11:00am
    January 19, 2019 11:00am
    St. Matthew Lutheran Church
    224 Lovely Street
    Avon, CT 06001
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Lynne Peters

Posted at 01:31pm
I am so sorry for the loss of your sister and her husband. You and the entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. My hope is that you can find some peace during this difficult time of loss. Lynne Peters, Mario Lemos and Family

Richard W. Hines

Posted at 12:51pm
I send my deepest sympathy on the loss of Donna & John to their family. Richard W. Hines

Andrea Silvestri and family

Posted at 08:11pm
Sending love and prayers during this very difficult time to the entire family. I was so very sad to hear of the tragic loss of Donna and John today.

Harriet C. Pelkey

Posted at 03:20pm
To the family of Donna and John... I am sending my heartfelt condolences... I knew Donna for short time and it seemed like we were friends forever.... I am going to miss her wholeheartedly...RIP my dear friend ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Karen Puglise

Posted at 10:05pm
Deb, Our deepest condolences to you and your families. The Lord will help you through the difficult times ahead. Frank and Karen Puglise

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