Anthony “Tony” F. DeDonatis, Sr., 83

February 28, 2023

Anthony “Tony” F. DeDonatis, Sr., 83, of Elizabethtown, passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by his immediate family on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Born in Harrisburg and raised in Hershey, he was the son of the late Pietro and Clementina (Perin) DeDonatis. Tony was the beloved husband to his devoted wife Janice C. (Schell) DeDonatis, for over 61 years.

Anthony Sr. graduated from Hershey High School in 1957. Following graduation, he was enlisted in the PA National Guard for 9 years. Tony was extremely hard-working with his entrepreneurial endeavors including the DeDonatis Texaco of Hershey, Grime Busters with his son Jr., and House of Style with his daughter.

Tony loved helping his family and friends and was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need, as he had great physical strength and could fix just about anything. Tony’s persistence and positive outlook on life earned him the “Optimist of the Year” award in 1972-73.

In addition to his wife Janice, Tony is survived by his son Anthony F. DeDonatis, Jr., his daughter AnneMarie Balog (Ken Jordan), his 2 grandchildren Victoria DeDonatis-Hurst (Shawn) and Sam Pence, along with his great-grandchildren Aden DeDonatis, Elijah, Matthew, and Lukas Hurst, Samuel and Gabriel Pence, and several nieces and nephews..
He was preceded in death by his 2 children Peter and Tom, his sister Mary (Carlucetti), and his brother Rudy DeDonatis.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to send a memorial donation in Tony’s name to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way #270, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or to

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March 24, 2023

My heartfelt sympathy to you Jan , Anthony, Ann Marie . I was saddened to hear of Tonys passing.  So many memories came back to me , thinking of you all . I always enjoyed seeing Tony and Jan at Lowe’s . I am glad to have known Tony . I will keep all of you in my prayers. Much respect and love to you all !

March 09, 2023

It’s been many, many years since I’ve seen Jan and Tony.  I’m so sorry to hear this news about Tony.  Sending thoughts, prayers and love to the family.  Marie Stortoni Kurtzke

March 07, 2023

We send our sincere condolences to the entire family at his passing. Our thoughts are with you at this time. 🙏❤️Evy and Ken Jordan 

March 04, 2023

Sending love, hugs and peace to all. Sending my sympathy for your loss. Love Laura and Johnny

March 03, 2023

Love and prayers to your family. 
 Michelle and Maggie

March 03, 2023

Samuel A. Pence,
I never spent too much time with great grandpa, but I always loved him and I will miss him and pray for him

March 03, 2023

Deepest sympathy and prayers
I love you very much.      Joellen

March 03, 2023

Sending our love to all. Marcy & Josh

March 03, 2023

So sorry for your loss Anne. Kristy, Kim and I are sending our condolences. 
To better days.
John Jordan

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