Kathleen Donato

Dec. 30, 1950 - May 21, 2012

    Kathleen Donato of East Hampton and New York City died on May 21 in her New York apartment. She was 61. Her family said she died in her sleep. No cause of death was given.
    Ms. Donato was an analyst for Standard & Poor’s, but her favorite work in New York was coming up with and leading tours as a volunteer at the Museum of Modern Art.
    “She loved modern art in general,” her husband, John Donato, said yesterday. She had majored in art history at the State University at New Paltz.
    Her personal artistic expression came out in particular in her needlepoint work, a craft she adored, her husband said.
    Ms. Donato was also a “big-time gardener,” Mr. Donato said. “She loved doing all kinds of landscaping.”
    She was born in Bay Shore on Dec. 30, 1950, to John Baldwin and the former Jane Lace. She grew up in Bay Shore and graduated from high school there.
    She married Mr. Donato in 1975. They had one child, Nicole Donato, who lives in New York City.
    Ms. Donato always considered East Hampton her home, her husband said. “She loved East Hampton Village; she loved the town. She loved the vibrancy of the village at night.”
    Besides her husband and daughter, she is survived by a brother, Charles Baldwin of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and a sister, Linda Russo of Manorville.
    Visiting hours were held on Friday at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. She was buried on Saturday at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.
    Her family has suggested donations in her name to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas 75231.