Donatell, Timothy Alan

Donatell, Timothy Alan

January 5, 1954 – January 25, 2019
Age 65 of North Branch. Passed away peacefully in his home January 25, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born 1/4/1954 in Willmar, MN. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert C. and Ellen L. Donatell. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Michele (Bruley) Donatell; two daughters Gina (Adam) Johnson and Toni (Tyler) Campbell; and five grandchildren. Beloved brother of Gary (Diane) and Kathy (Tom) Lukesh. Tim also had many nieces and nephews and countless friends. He retired from the St Paul Fire Dept. after 22 years of service. Instrumental in getting blanket coverage for all 1st responders who have exposures at work, he was also the recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Heroism in 1982. Tim received many other prestigious awards in the course of his career and lived his life in service to others. Humble and courageous, he was larger than life, a man of tremendous faith who loved to laugh and share his joy with others. He leaves behind an empty hole in us all and he will be sorely missed. Celebration of life will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6 Access Church, N. Branch, MN. Visitation at 10 am and service at 11am. (Published in the Pioneer Press on Feb. 3, 2019).