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Nov. 30, 1946 – Dec. 14, 2013

LEWISTON – Carol A. Donato, of Lewiston, who operated several restaurants, died Saturday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital after a battle with cancer. She was 67.

Born Carol A. Chiarenza in Niagara Falls, she was a 1964 graduate of Niagara Falls High School and a 1965 graduate of Roberts Beauty School, where she earned a license in cosmetology.

After raising her children, she began her restaurant career with her husband in the Hitching Post on Hyde Park Boulevard and the Hitching Post Too in the Rainbow Centre.

She and her husband lived in Tampa, Fla., for five years in the 1980s, then returned to operate restaurants in two Off-Track Betting centers – the Rainbow Racing Room and the Amherst Turfside Sportsplex. She retired in 2003.

In retirement, she and her husband maintained a summer cottage in Crystal Beach, Ont., where they first met.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, F. David; three daughters, Michele L., Jeanine Catanzaro and Dana Evans; two sisters, Grace Petrozzi and Mae Minicucci; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Wednesday in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.