Peter Stanley Donzello

Peter Stanley Donzello, 74, of San Leon, Texas passed away on October 30, 2022.  Peter was born June 5, 1948, in New London, Connecticut to loving parents Anthony Carl Donzello and Lillian Woods Donzello.  Peter will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert Donzello; sister Diane Lyn Todd; and brother David James Donzello.  Peter is survived by his best friend and love of his life for 36 years, Terri Lynn Donzello; brother Anthony (Tony) Donzello; stepson Chad Hartsook and wife Rebecca Hartsook and two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Kyle Hartsook, who he is extremely proud of, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Peter went to Morgan School in Clinton, Connecticut, played tuba in the band, and was Student Council President.  He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State College, graduating with Honors.  Peter is a U.S. Army veteran (1969-1971) honorably discharged.

Peter loved music and dancing with his bride…as he lovingly called Terri.   He was a passionate baseball fan, particularly the Astros, and you rarely saw Peter without his beloved yellow hat.

He wore many hats throughout his career.  To name a few, Director Program Development, Medical Technician, Director Administrative Services, Unit Manager of OB/GYN Nursing, Holter Analyst reading EKGs, Business Manager, Unit Manager of Psychiatric Nursing, Manager for Healthcare Information Systems, Manager for Nurse Staffing Office, System Analyst, and he retired as a Financial Analyst.  Peter retired with over 30 years of service with University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

In his honor, a visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas.

A poem Peter wrote in school when he as 11 years old:

“Poems are so tough

I write two lines and that’s enough.”


  1. Petey Poo what can I say about you. You always had a smile on your face and hug for me. I was so blessed to have you come into our lives.
    Don’t worry about the Love of your Life Terri, we got her.
    Fly High Sweet Angel.

    Rhonda Anderson
  2. Terry n family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Peter was a Special, n Loved Man. I love his short n funny poem , he was witty, way back!!!🙃 Take care , sure will be thinking of you tomorrow n beyond!!❤️💔

    Juanita Brinzow
  3. I wish we could be there for the visitation and to spend some time with you talking and laughing as we did so many times with Peter in Florida. He is sorely missed by all of his friends here in Twin Lakes. You both remain in our hearts. Susan

    Susan Southard
  4. Not enough words of how much Peter is going to be missed. I know he knows his bride is in good hands as she is surrounded my many who are there for her. We love you Peter , and Terri, we got you!

  5. Terri we are so sorry for your loss. Y’all were the best neighbors ever. We always had a great time when we were with you and Pete. He will be missed.

    Paul Cartmill
  6. Terrie I am so sorry for the loss of Peter

    Patti Labate
  7. We will surely miss our friend Pete in Twin Lakes. His love of life and fun touched so many. We will be with you in spirit Terri knowing how much we love you both💕

    Noreen & Okie
  8. Terri, Their are no words to comfort all the emotions you are going though. You know how much Pete loved you. I pray for you, and Pete will be missed by so so many people that he touched. It was a pleasure to know him and all the kindness he gave. Love you always.

    Bree Schultz
  9. Oh my broken heart💔Peter I miss and love you so much. We had a lot more living and fun things to do together. I miss your smile, your touch, holding hands, watching the sunrises and sunsets, sharing stories and laughter together. I loved the way you would introduce me to the doctors and nurses as your bride. And you would say to them.. isn’t she pretty? One thing I know for sure is how much we loved each other. I know I’ll see you again when my time on earth is done.


    Terri Donzello
  10. We will miss you at Twin Lakes dear Pete. Your love and laugh was enjoyed by many. Please know Terri that we will be with you in spirit tomorrow and the coming days.We love you 💕

    Noreen & Okie
  11. Will never forget when a neighbor invited us to Pete and Terri’s Thanksgiving dinner! Great friends ever since! What a wonderful man! Godspeed Pete!

    Angie and Acen
  12. Peter and Terri were next door neighbors in Friendswood. What wonderful friends. What a wonderful man.

    Terri – Cherish the memories.

    David & Lisa
  13. Oh Peter. Fly high.
    So sorry for the loss of your love Red.
    I have no words.

  14. We are sorry we missed your service but know you are in good hands!
    We’re glad you get to reunite with our friends but our hearts ache that your BFF
    is now without you, physically!
    We will all do our best to love her and support her until y’all reunite!!
    John & Kelly Neason

    John & Kelly Neason
  15. Terri and family…Tony let me know about a week ago of Pete’s passing…I can’t express the sad pit in my stomach. I talked via emails with Pete a few years ago…hoping to convince him to come to our next class reunion
    We haven’t had one since our 50th!!! Covid didnt help us much. I could hear the laughter in his words as we ‘talked’ back & forth.
    On behalf of the Class of 1966, we send our sincerest condolences.

    If you have any photos of Pete (and his loving family) you can send them to my email…I’ll get his school picture on our Memorial board, an make copies of the rest so our school mates can see his life as it developed

    Peg York Witham

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