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Donna Kruse

Donna Kruse

Saturday, September 5th, 1959 Saturday, June 27th, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Donna Kruse

Donna Kruse, 60, loving wife, mother, grandmother and best friend passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 after a 30-year long battle with kidney disease. She was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Victoria Tarasco. Residing in New Dorp until her death, Donna was born in Brooklyn on September 5, 1959, and lived in the Gravesend section until she moved to Staten Island with her husband and young family in 1985.

Donna was the beautiful wife and best friend of John Kruse, who loved and cherished her every day of their 40 year marriage, the adored mother of Adam, Brandon and Victoria, the wonderful mom-in-law of AnnMarie Priolo and Rocky Bandara, and the beloved and funny “Grammy” to little grandsons, Johnny and Michael. She was revered by a large extended family, including her sister, Marie Misiti, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends who became family to her.

The great loves of Donna’s life were her husband and their family. The depth of that love was the source of Donna’s strength and courage to overcome a myriad of medical challenges and setbacks that plagued the last half of her life. Her irrepressible positivity, humor and great spirit inspired everyone who knew her from family members and dearest friends to casual acquaintances. Her approach to managing complex illness seemed to often defy sound medical advice as she was determined to live life on her own terms -- never allowing her struggles with 26 years on hemodialysis or any of the associated complications to define her or cast a shadow on her activities or relationships. During her children’s early school years, in between three times per week dialysis treatments Donna volunteered as lunchroom monitor, school librarian and baseball mom. She attended nearly every school event, dance lesson and recital and made countless friendships along the way. Donna loved and cherished her friends and her friends loved and cherished her back. She would always be the first to ask “how are you” with her signature cheery voice rather than talk about the fears and struggles she faced on a daily basis. She was nothing short of an amazing woman with an ability to lift anyone’s spirits and motivate anyone to be brave and confront their own challenges. Later in life, she often volunteered to help new end stage renal disease patients adjust to life-saving hemodialysis treatments. Her strong light brightened the world and she will be greatly missed but recollection of her indomitable spirit will be her most enduring legacy for everyone who knew her.

The family is forever grateful for the care given Donna by the many medical professionals she encountered throughout the decades of her illness and, in particular, Drs. Robert Grossi, Vincent Mustacuiolo, and Meilin Zhang, the teams of the Richmond Kidney Center, Visiting Nurse Service of NY, and Richmond County Ambulance Service, all of whom provided a level of compassionate care that was second to none.

Donna was blessed with a miracle to have lived long enough to see her family grow and to have grandchildren. She and “her” John created a truly wonder life together in spite of endless health challenges. A wake and celebration of Donna’s life is planned for Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Colonial Funeral Home, 2819 Hylan Boulevard, and 10:00 am Mass on Friday, July 3rd, at St. Christopher’s Church, 130 Midland Avenue, followed by interment in Moravian Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Donna Kruse to the American Kidney Fund (AKF), kidneyfund.org.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Colonial Funeral Home
    2819 Hylan Boulevard
    Staten Island, NY
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    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Colonial Funeral Home
    2819 Hylan Boulevard
    Staten Island, NY
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    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    St. Christophers (Staten Island)
    130 Midland Avenue
    STATEN ISLAND, NY
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    Friday, July 3rd, 2020
    10:00am
  • Interment

    Moravian Cemetery (Staten Island)
    2205 Richmond Road
    STATEN ISLAND, NY
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Rose Caiazzo

My dear friend,
From our lunch hour jaunts on Nassau Street, to having our families, and in good times and in bad, you have been an amazing friend. I am going to miss you, but I will never forget you.
I always said you were the strongest person I knew. You pressed forward through all of the obstacles put in your way.
Now it is time for you to rest. May God embrace you in His arms.

Rose Caiazzo
Comment | Posted at 09:42pm via Condolence
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John Kruse

Dear Rose, you have been an amazing friend to Donna and our family for 40+ years. You became family to us. Words cannot express my appreciation and gratitude for that. With love, John
Posted at 02:01am
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Thelma Tarleton

John,
What I always remember about Donna is her ability to be tougher than Teflon. Her will was incredible. She overcame many challenges with her health. I always said that her will was amazing!! I also recall how John spoke of her positive attitude. That along with her strong will kept her going. She is something to emulate and a great example of not wallowing when faced with life's challenges. Anyone who knew her or had any connection to her should be thankful. I know I am.

You and your family are in my prayers.
Thelma Tarleton
Comment | Posted at 01:59pm via Condolence
JK

John Kruse

Thelma, I am truly touched by your sentiments. Unbeknownst to Donna, she impacted a great many people in positive ways. Maybe people saw that Donna possessed a rare genuineness and that she loved with all her heart, but I think her life exemplifies the inherent potential that all of us possess -- to be courageous to meet life's challenges head on. My family and I are very appreciative of this beautiful tribute to Donna and your prayers. John
Posted at 01:53am
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Artie Louszko

John,
Donna was an amazing person who not only provided friendship, but also left a forever lasting impression on everyone's heart. She provided the guiding light for many people who encountered hurdles and difficult times in life showing them the way and how to overcome their difficult moments. Her strength and resilience to maintaining the course should be a guiding light for all who knew her.
God bless you and the family.
Artie Louszko
Ashley Louszko
Comment | Posted at 01:53pm via Condolence
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John Kruse

Dear Artie and Ashley, thank you for your tribute to Donna. I know that throughout our friendship you experienced firsthand how Donna confronted health challenges -- do what you have to do then enjoy life. In her case that meant enjoy time with family and friends. I know that right now she is with another angel, her dear Louise. With love, John and family.
Posted at 01:24am
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Portia Lombardi

I met Donna a few short times. I was so impressed with this courageous, beautiful woman who was so devoted to her family.
I knew from her daughter-in-law Ann Marie how much she wanted to be a Grandmother. Happy that she was able to share in the birth of her Grandsons. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to John and children. Donna is in my prayers.
Portia Lombardi











Comment | Posted at 01:52pm via Condolence
JK

John Kruse

Dear Portia, I am touched by your words and thank you for them. Those few short times you met Donna made an impression on her for she spoke highly of you to me. She liked you very much. We were very blessed to have Donna in our lives. Thank you again. With love from all of us, John
Posted at 12:53am
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Rose ann Dematteo

I’m so blessed to have meet you & became friends, our place of meeting wasn’t the greatest but as they say something good comes from something bad. The times we spent together talking and laughing made our treatment time fly by. You were a strong loving person & fought hardest to be around. You will be missed. Keep on smiling & shining bright my dear friend.
Always in our hearts and never forgotten .
May you Rest In Peace.
Comment | Posted at 09:30am via Condolence
JK

John Kruse

Roseann, thank you for this beautiful tribute. Donna loved you; you and she were once in the trenches together and helped each other tremendously.
Posted at 10:57am
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