Donald Paul Grefenstette, Sr., 79, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at UTMB. Donald was born May 31, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Gerard J. Grefenstette and Anna Rapp Grefenstette. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1964. He was the City Auditor for the City of Galveston for over 20 years. He prepared income taxes for numerous Galveston residents and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Galveston Elks Lodge #126, Knights of Columbus, and Ten Pin Bowling Club. Donald loved bowling, playing bridge, and going to Coushatta. He was very hardworking and the nicest person you would ever want to know. He was affectionately known as “Dad” to everyone.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elizabeth, his sister, Joann Erskine, his brother Jerry Grefenstette, and his son, Donald, Jr.
He is survived by his son, Jim Grefenstette; daughter, Sheri Grefenstette-Moon and husband, Donald; grandchildren, Travis and Kelsey Grefenstette, Joshua Campbell, and Sami Moon; sister-in-law, Rose Grefenstette; daughters-in-law Brenda Magee and Tracy Olson, many nieces and nephews, “adopted sons,” Randall Pettit, Mike Crawford, C. J. Kelly, John Termini and Johnny and David Hernandez; and special friends, Ken Peacock, the ladies in his bridge group, and all of his friends that he dearly loved at the City of Galveston.
The family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm Monday, November 28, 2011 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with a Vigil Service following at 7:00 pm led by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 11:00am at Moody Methodist Church with the Reverends Bert Bagley and C. O. Magee officiating. Graveside service will follow at Calvary Cemetery with Deacon Sam Dell’Olio officiating.
Pallbearers are Mike Crawford, Truman Glenn, David Hernandez, Johnny Hernandez, David Reagan and John Termini.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the doctors and nurses of UTMB’s Intensive Care and ACE Units for the exceptional care they gave Donald during his illness.