Donna Jean Cortese, 66, passed away on November 12, 2021, in Rochester, NY.
Donna Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Anthony Cortese & Florence Cortese; brother, Gerald Cortese; brother-in-law, Charles Burgio. She is survived by her children,
Nicole (Ricky) Junco, Dominick Cortese, Ashley Cortese, Justin (Katie) Cortese; grandchildren, Gabriella Junco, Jaydin Cortese, and Faith Clark; siblings, Sharon Burgio, Ronald (Marie) Cortese, Joanne (Bob) D'Agostino, and Yvonne (Vinny) Finazzo.
Donna Jean's life story will be shared during her visitation on Thursday, November 18, 4-7 pm, at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (Between Long Pond Rd & Rt 390). Her Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 am on Friday, November 19th at St. John the Evangelist of Greece, 2400 W. Ridge Rd., followed by her interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Donna Jean was raised in the Dutchtown neighborhood of Rochester with her five siblings, Gerald, Sharon, Ronald, Joanne & Yvonne. She was the baby of this large Italian family. Her parents, Anthony & Florence Cortese brought them up attending the St. Francis of Assisi parish.
As a child she went to School 17 in the Rochester City School District and eventually attended Jefferson High. After school, Donna Jean trained to work as a healthcare worker.
She went on to have four children; Nicole, Dominick, Ashley & Justin. Donna Jean was blessed with three grandchildren; Gabriella, Jaydin & Faith. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren very much. Family always came first with her. Her pets were a close second. She was an animal lover with many pets that she lavished her with love. Louie, Rocky, Smokey and Bunny were all the object of her affections.
Donna Jean also liked to read. Her favorite were Anne Rice's wild tales of Vampires. She was a fan of reality shows on TV. Her favorite musical artist were Whitney Houston and Kirk Franklin.
For those who knew her well, they would say she was a fighter, strong and tenacious, but more importantly she cared deeply about helping others. She often set her own needs aside to do just that. Donna Jean will be missed by all who loved her.
"Donna - My memory is long for all the years we shared in knowing each other. Reflecting back I don?t remember a time in my life I didn?t know you! I posted a picture of just how young we were! Donna you have never changed. I don?t remember the last time I saw you, or the first time we met, I will always cherish the moments in between. Rest easy my friend, and continue to shine bright in the arms of our Heavenly Family. ?? Diane Lentine-Grimes "
"DONNA YOUR BIG SISTER HERE. THIS IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF YOU. MANY WILL MISS YOU BUT I AM SURE YOU ARE AT PEACE WITH NO PAIN, SEND SPECIAL KISSES TO YOUR FAMILY AS THEY WILL MISS YOU FOREVER. MUCH LOVE BIG SIS SHARON!"