Ernest Donatich

ernest donatich

May 11, 1929 ~ July 30, 2016

DONATICH Ernest, aged 87, born in Istria, Italy, died peacefully at the Hackensack University Medical Center on Saturday, July 30, 2016. He served as Executive Chef at Joe’s Pier 52 in Manhattan. His passions included cooking, entertaining, dancing, travel and storytelling. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary (nee Bucich), daughter Anita Frankovic and her husband, Mario and grandchildren, Christina and Joseph as well as a son, John E, his wife Betsy Lerner and granddaughter, Raffaella. Brother Matteo and wife Rose and their family and by many nieces and nephews here in the US and in Croatia. He was a former President of St George Benevolent Society. The Family will receive their Friends on Tuesday 4-8 PM at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home, 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library.” The funeral will leave Wednesday at 10:30 AM for the celebration of his funeral mass in Madonna R.C. Church on the Hill at 11am. For condolences, directions, or information or call (201)944-0100


Funeral Service: August 3, 2016 11:00 am

Madonna R.C. Church On The Hill
2070 Hoefley's Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: August 2, 2016 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. Condolences to my Santola mary
    Anita Mario. Christina Joey
    John. Betsy. Raffaella.
    To my Santolo Ernesto who will always be a blessing in my life

  2. Dear aunt Mary,Johnny, Anita and the entire family, We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Uncle Ernesto was not only a great chef, a great entertainer, a great singer, but a great PERSON all around! He will be greatly missed by so many! Our sincerest sympathy, Fondly, Gracijela and Albert Knapic and family.

  3. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Aunt Mary, Anita & Mario, John & Betsy, Christina, Joey and Raffi. We're all deeply saddened by the loss of Cio Ernesto. He was a sweet soul who loved all his family. He always spoke with such love and pride of his children and grandchildren, and also his extended family. I remember my mom telling the story of his birth and his first cry. I truly believe they're all together again. We love you and are with you always. May he rest in eternal peace. With Sympathy and all our love and support, Miranda, Tony, Nina and Nicky

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