Donna M. (Leonardis) Hawes

  • Born: March 10, 1949
  • Died: October 14, 2021
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176

mail@robinsonfuneralhome.com
Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family


Donna M. (Leonardis) Hawes, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away unexpectedly at Winchester Hospital on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at age 72.

Donna was born in Woburn on March 10, 1949, one of six children of the late Edmund and Conchetta (Gobbi) Leonardis. She was raised in Woburn where she graduated from Woburn High School. During her high school years, she met Jack Hawes from Medford, and quickly fell in love. They were married on August 23, 1969, and settled in Melrose to raise a family of three.

When her children were young, Donna established a daycare at her home in Melrose. As a mother of three and sister to five, Donna was familiar with the routine. She naturally provided a structured yet nurturing environment and took pride in helping children establish a solid foundation. More recently, Donna enjoyed her work as the activities director at Oosterman's Rest Home in Melrose for over 10 years.

For many years, Donna loved summers spent with family at the camp at Pine Acres in Raymond, NH, and later at Pinehirst in Old Orchard Beach, ME. In her free time, she enjoyed bowling, gardening, and watching her favorite TV shows like Blue Bloods. She was proud to say she was a Hula Hoop master, and loved to dance.

Donna was full of life, energy and loved to talk. She had numerous longtime friends that she enjoyed weekends away with. Most of all, Donna was a devoted wife, and loving mother who always had an open door for anyone. She loved her family, always wanted the best for them, and supported everyone with love and a little strength when needed. She will be deeply missed, but her hula hooping skills, love for family and fun will always be remembered and treasured.

Donna was the beloved wife of John J. "Jack" Hawes with whom she shared 52 years marriage. Devoted mother of Annette Morris and her husband Chris of Medford, Mark E. Hawes and his wife Colleen of Windham, NH, and Jacquelyne Alfeo and her husband Russ of Windham, NH. Loving grandmother of Dominic, Nathan, Madeline, Kristin, Emily, Abigail, Daniel, and Matthew. Caring sister of Louise Gardener, Susan Greekwood, Judy Venezi, Joanne LeFort, and Edmund Leonardis. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather for visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 4-8pm, and again for her Funeral Service celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 10am. Masks are requested for all in attendance. Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I wish to offer you my sincere sympathy . Donna was a lovely person and a very kind soul. Respectfully, Sheila Tighe

Posted by Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA - Acquaintance   January 10, 2022

Our family was so saddened to hear of Donna's passing. She provided us with love and support with her daycare, helping us at events at Beebe School and was always a dedicated, loving mother and wife.

Posted by Jane Lavender - Melrose, MA - Friend   October 24, 2021

Jack and family, We were so saddened to hear of Donna's passing. Kyra and Kyle were shocked and deeply sorrowed to hear the sad news. She was the best daycare provider we ever knew. Both of my children loved her and looked forward to going to the house before and after school. She will be very sadly missed.

Posted by Jackie and Ken DeStefano (Kyra and Kyle, from Donna's daycare) - Friend   October 23, 2021

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May God comfort you and those who are left behind.The support you showed helped your brother in the darkest days. May you rest in peace with the almighty father in heaven.

Posted by Brian Savoia - Woburn, MA - Family Friend   October 20, 2021

To Jackie and family,
Wishing you comfort now and in the days ahead as you remember and celebrate the life of an extraordinary woman. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Love and hugs.

Posted by Laurel Choate - Melrose, MA - Friend   October 20, 2021

My heart is broken. Sending love to Jack and family. I will cherish my memories, her friendship, sense of humor and love. God bless you. Love Audrey

Posted by Audrey McMahon - Billerica, MA - Family Friend   October 18, 2021

Our hearts are broken for you all. May God hold you close to Him where he can fill you with HIS deepest love and comfort. I will hold all my fond memories of Donna in my heart. What a precious lady she was; full of life and love, and so much fun to be around. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, and we are sending you TONS of hugs!
Much Love, Terri (and Kim, Rachel, Frankie, Kyler & Kayla)

Posted by Terri Edwards - Nokesville, VA - Family Friend   October 18, 2021

Jackie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Donna was a great lady.

Marie Morrow

Posted by marie morrow - MA - Friend   October 17, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Donna was the sweetest lady I knew she will be missed. Know you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Macy Shelley - Greenville, TX - Friend   October 17, 2021

Our family is so saddened to hear of the passing of your mom. Our sympathy to you and your family.

Posted by Linda Stevensonx Stevenson - Melrose, MA   October 16, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Donnas passing. She was a great cousin and I had wonderful times growing up with her and family

Posted by Kenny Comeiro - Woburn, MA - Family   October 16, 2021


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