Donna M. Maritato

Jan 11, 2017
Donna Maritato

Camden — Donna M. Maritato, 66, died Jan. 9, 2017, at Maine Medical Center, of complications of polycythemia vera, a blood disease she had had since 1972.

She was born Nov. 28, 1950, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., the daughter of Ralph Maritato and Dolly (Auth) Maritato. Growing up initially on City Island, N.Y., and then in Northport, N.Y., she attended local schools, graduating from Northport High School in 1968. She graduated from Stony Brook University in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in archaeology/geology; from the University of Maine in Augusta in 1980 with an associate's degree in nursing and from the University of Maine in Orono in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in nursing.

In 1971 she married Bob Grobe in New York and they relocated to Maine in 1974. Donna worked for more than 30 years as an RN at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in the Emergency Department, Employee Health, Endoscopy and Anticoagulation Services.

She and Bob traveled widely before her disease started to take its toll. She also assisted in running a boat in the Caribbean, was an active hiker and member of the Adirondack Fortysixers, the Northeast 4000 Footers, a registered Maine Guide, a participant in the Maine Dragonfly Survey and the Maine Bumblebee Survey, an ocean and lake kayaker, a member of the Josselyn Botanical Society and other Maine natural history groups. Donna loved to spend time in the natural world and was always ready for a walk in the woods.

Donna was courageous, inspirational, valiant, kind, warm, enthusiastic, curious, adventurous, strong, intelligent, humble, with a quiet passion and a genuine, comforting warmth. She was a ray of light to all who knew her. That spirit was flagging in recent years, wearing her down from all the medical emergencies that were trying to take her life, but she never surrendered.

She is survived by her husband and soulmate, Bob Grobe, of Camden; her mother, Dolly Maritato, of Owls Head, formerly of Appleton; three sisters, Ginny Murphy (Brian), Joann Craig (John) of New York and Elizabeth Maritato (Gray Hanna) of Rockport; four brothers, Tom (Karen), Peter (Dorothy) and Joseph (Nadine) of New York and Bill of California; as well as 10 nieces and nephews. She was followed in death Jan. 10 by her father, Ralph Maritato.

Following Donna's wishes, there will be no memorial service.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Patrick Michael Florance | Jan 23, 2017 10:47

She was a wonderful person.  She will be missed by all of us.

Posted by: Mimi Steadman | Jan 17, 2017 10:58

So very sad to learn we've lost Donna. I didn't see her and Bob terribly often, but whenever I did, she was always so positive and warm. She truly radiated care and concern for others. She and Bob were such a great team. I hope he can draw on their shared strength to get through this.


Posted by: Cynthia Mary Anderson | Jan 13, 2017 10:15

Our paths crossed in many ways at Pen Bay.  Never once, did I ever hear her complain.  She was such an example of courage, love, and integrity.  She was an inspiration to many, and loved by all who knew her.  I'm so sorry for her passing.  My condolences to the family and may God grant you grace and love during this incredible time of grief.  She truly was a ray of sunshine.


Posted by: Patti Luchetti | Jan 12, 2017 16:27

So sorry to read of Donna's passing.  She was such a special person and will be remembered by all who knew her!  She endured many health problems in her life and always did it with a smile.  I had the pleasure of working with her in the Anticoagulation Clinic.  Courage for Bob through this process.  Sincerely, Dianne Linscott

Posted by: Karl Gottshalk | Jan 12, 2017 13:53

Truly a ray of sunshine. Will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Dennis Corkum | Jan 11, 2017 18:43

Donna was an exceptional person.  She had undergone an liver transplant and was a fixture at the liver support group at Pen Bay.  She was a great support for my wife and me when my wife's liver disease lead us to a transplant.  In spite of her health problems she and Bob were always ready to help others.  She never gave up.  Will miss her.

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