Donald "Don" Mark Wunderlich

Born: Wed., Apr. 25, 1934
Died: Fri., Jul. 9, 2021


Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Sat., Jul. 17, 2021
Location: Saints Thomas and Anne Church


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Our hearts are filled with sadness and love as this world lost someone very special. On Friday, July 9, 2021, Donald “Don” Mark Wunderlich, loving husband, father of four children, five grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren, passed away surrounded by loved ones at his home in Griswold CT.  
Born April 25, 1934 in Norwich CT, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Chappell) Wunderlich and grew up in the Greenville section of Norwich. Donald attended St Mary’s and Norwich schools before enlisting in the Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS RANDOLPH (CVA 15) from 1951-1955 and was honorably discharged. He returned to his hometown and worked in the family owned Goyette & Sons Garage, Lehigh Oil and retired from Caffeine at Pfizer Inc. in 1996. Wherever Don was employed he worked hard, made lifelong friends and created stories.
On March 14,1953 he was united in marriage to his soulmate and love of his life, Shirley Goyette, at St. Mary’s Church in Norwich by the Reverend Michael Donahue. He chose to marry her again 3 more times, renewing their wedding vows on their 25th, 40th, and 50th wedding anniversaries. Don and Shirley celebrated their 68th anniversary on March 14, 2021.
Don and Shirley lived the first half of their marriage in Uncasville, CT where they raised their family, many litters of German Shephard’s and opened their hearts to so many relatives and friends. Their backyard was always a playground for the neighborhood kids. It was not unusual to have 12 children, several adults and assorted pets all living together.
From 1975 to 1985 Don and Shirley enjoyed summers at the cottage on Pachaug Pond where they and their extended family decided to build permanent home.
Don, the dearly loved patriarch of his extended family of hundreds, was known as Pa, Donny, The Don, Uncle Don, and Big D. He was always the life of the hundreds of parties he and Shirley hosted at “The Lake”.  Don was a diehard Yankee fan, loved piloting his boat taking skiers and tubers for the ride of their life, enjoyed many trips on his Goldwing, his two Corvettes, Cruises with “The Girls”, attending family functions, giving advice, telling the funniest stories that no one ever got tired of hearing and his Red Solo Cup.
Don opened his arms and heart to everyone and had a special way of making everyone his friend, welcoming them into his home and family. His smile, laugh and joy of life will be deeply missed by countless people who have been part of his exceptional life.
Don is survived by his beloved wife Shirley.
Daughter – Debra (Philip) Schenna of Voluntown; granddaughter Karen (Steven) Mazyck and greatgrandchildren Marley and Ziggy of Charleston, SC.  Grandson David Schena of Uncasville CT.
Son - Donald Jr of Uncasville CT.
Daughter – Diane (Michael) Denomme of Griswold; granddaughter Brandi (Adam) Arpin and greatgrandchildren Dillan and Kaydance of Bozrah, CT.  Daughter Rebecca (Jason) McGarry and greatgrandchildren Nicholas Cajigas (US Navy), Hayley, Merida and James of Huntersville, NC.
Daughter – Darlene (Kevin) McCarthy of Uncasville; grandson Matthew (Rachel) McCarthy and great-granddaughter Scarlett of Ledyard.
Don is also survived by his sister-in-law Joanne Goyette of Virgina Beach, VA and many nieces, nephews, adopted family and dear friends.
He was previously deceased by daughter-in-law Dorothy Wunderlich, his parents, sister and brother-in-law Claire and Al Lajeunesse, bother and sister-in-law John and Rose Wunderlich, mother-in-law and father-in-law Eva and Leonard Goyette, brother-in-law Richard Goyette.
The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation and gratitude to Lenore, Jim and Kayla from Hospice and care giver Erika who made his final days comfortable, peaceful, and helped us through this transition in life.
In lieu of flowers, we suggest a donation to the Norwich Hospice.

Charitable donations may be made in Donald 's memory to the following organization:

Center for Hospice Care
227 Dunham Street Norwich, CT 06360
Tel: (860)848-5699

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Shelby Bonomo
   Posted Mon July 12, 2021
I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Don. He was truly a generous, kind, loving fun man. Everyone was blessed to have been part of his life, and he ours. I have so many fond memories from the picnics at the lake. Love and hugs to the entire family❤️🙏🏻. Love Shelby

Patricia E Owens
   Posted Mon July 12, 2021
So very sorry to hear about Don. I remember all the times he opened his home to Michael and I. My thoughts are with the family at this time, but so many memories this wonderful has left for his family and countless others.

Lucille Perkowski
   Posted Tue July 13, 2021
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rich & Kathy Perkowski
   Posted Tue July 13, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Don. He was always such a pleasant person and we looked forward to his conversations whenever we saw him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Eva Fraser Tourjee
   Posted Wed July 14, 2021
I’m so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. You all have many cherished memories of his wonderful life. Even though it’s been years since I’ve seen any of the family, I have fond memories of both the Uncasville & The Lake home.


Joe Deschenes
   Posted Wed July 14, 2021
Although I have not seen Don in a while I am saddened to hear of his passing. A super nice man that’ll be greatly missed. My condolences to his family.

Carol Weigand
   Posted Thu July 15, 2021
Dear Shirley and family, I am so sorry to hear about Donald. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Donald always had a smile for everyone and lifted everyones spirits. Love Carol

Karen McCabe
   Posted Sat July 17, 2021
Dearest Shirley & Entire Family,
Our hearts are breaking for you all. As the days, weeks, months, and years go by, reflect on all the wonderful times spent with Don, I’m sure there’s many, and live your lives like you know he would want you to!
Remember.....Tears are Prayers too, they travel to God when we can’t speak. He is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit! “Grief” is the last act of Love we have for those we’ve loved.
Never forget... Where there is deep Grief, there was great Love!
Also Remember..... Keep looking up, for He will always be looking down!

We are so Blessed to have had him in our lives!
Jim & Karen McCabe & Family

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