Obituary of Joseph E. Dondero, Sr.
Joseph E. Dondero, Sr., (Joe) 52, of South Glastonbury passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021 at Hartford Hospital. He was the beloved husband for 27 years to Sandra (Viger) Dondero.
Born in Hartford, Joe was the son of Judy (Russak) Dondero of West Suffield and the late Edward A. Dondero of Glastonbury. In addition to his wife, his mother and her partner, William Wilson, Joe is survived by his four children, Joey Jr., Angie, Nick and AJ, his brother and sister-in-law Jeff and Patty Dondero and their children Jake and Ava, all of South Glastonbury, his beloved dog Freddy and many nephews. He was predeceased by his twin children, Albert and Danielle, paternal grandparents Edward and Doris Dondero and his maternal grandparents Antony and Jacqueline Russak.
Joe was co-owner of Dondero Orchards with his grandfather Rugged when he graduated Glastonbury High School in 1987. He was a lifelong Dallas Cowboys, Yankees and NASCAR fan. He enjoyed vacationing with his family, snowmobiling in the winters, entertaining all of his friends and hosting Bunga Cauda nights. He was president of FFA in high school and a life member of the Matson Hill Community Club.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Hartford Hospital and their sincere gratitude to all of his family and friends that have supported them through this difficult time.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 10:00 am at St. Augustine Church, 55 Hopewell Rd., South Glastonbury. Burial will be in St. Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, September 20, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury. Masks are required. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For on line condolences, please visit www.mulryanfh.com