Brenne H. Donofrio, 89, of Lorain passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Donofrio was born in Lorain on November 4, 1930, the son of the late Nicola and Emiliana (nee Caserta) Donofrio. He was a graduate of Lorain High School, Class of 1949 A and attended The Ohio State University. He was a member of the Church of St. Peter in Lorain.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He was instrumental in the recovery of the main mast from the USS Arizona in Hawaii and relocating it to the Armory in Lorain, where it stood for many years. Following the demolition of the Armory, the mast was taken to the Arizona Statehouse, where it stands today: a lasting memorial to those that served on board.
Mr. Donofrio was the owner/operator of Lakeview Builders in Lorain. He also had been employed at American Shipbuilding Co., had been a teacher at Mason Jr. High School, and worked at Dow Chemical.
He was a former member of the Lorain Lions Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lorain Republican Committee, and the I.A.V Post 1. He was an avid baseball fan, especially the Indians, he was extremely patriotic and civic minded. Spending time with his grandchildren afforded him the most enjoyment in life.
Brenne is survived by his children; Carole (Scott) Knowles of Amherst, Bren Donofrio of Lorain, Wellsley Donofrio of Orinda, CA, Sabrina (Thomas) Halliday of Greensburg, PA, Nicholas (Kris) Donofrio of Amherst, Robert (Flavia) Donofrio, of Amherst, grandchildren: Adriane Cole, Allison Bubanas, Celeste Welsh, Lindsay Michalewicz, Lauren Johnson, Brandon Donofrio, Kalee Donofrio, Nicholas Donofrio, Nathan Donofrio, Anthony Donofrio, Isabella Donofrio, Giovanni Donofrio great grandchildren: Marina Bubanas, Roman Cole, Reid Cole, Jade Michalewicz, Christian Bubanas, Weston Welsh, Saige Welsh, Nolan Johnson, Roma Johnson, Isla Bubanas, and his brother, Nelson Donofrio of Lorain.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy J. (nee Edwards) Donofrio in 2019, grandson Carson Hamby in 2000, brother Reno Donofrio, Son in law: Robert Rittenour and a daughter in law Janet Donofrio.
Funeral services are private. The Rev. Paul Schreiner, officiated.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 17th, 2020 at the home of his daughter, Sabrina Halliday.
The family suggest that memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, Florida 33607
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