Donna Saul

  • Died: May 11, 2020
  • Location: Worcester, Massachusetts

Holden, Dunn & Lawler Funeral Home

55 High Rock St
Westwood, MA 02090
Tel. (781) 326-0074

Tribute & Message From The Family

Saul, Donna, 64, of Worcester, formally of Westwood, MA died
Monday May 11, 2020 at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester
of complications from the Corona Virus.

She was the daughter of the late Mary & Henry Saul of Westwood, MA.
She was a graduate of Westwood High School where she sang in the Jazz
band and was also a cheerleader. She was a student at Mass Bay Community
College in Boston until a car accident in 1975 left her with a brainstem injury.
After her parents passed away, Donna lived in Norwood with a caregiver
until moving to Bear Mountain at Worcester (formally Wingate at Worcester)
in 2016.

Donna loved gathering with family & friends. She enjoyed participating in
activities with her friends at Bear Mountain in Worcester (formally Wingate).
She had a great sense of humor and a joyous laugh. She loved music.
Donna leaves cousins Nicole MacDonald, Frank, Joseph, Marian, and Arthur
Simonetti, Joe Benetta, Janine Simonetti, Gregg Buckingham, Walter
Buckingham & his wife Sheryl Jaffe. She also leaves a life long friend Debbie

Burial will be private.

Rather than flowers, donations in Donna Saul's name can be made to:
Salmon Hospice
37 Birch St.
Milford, MA 01757


Condolence & Memory Journal

I found out about my dear, and very close
Friend, Donna Saul, as I was thinking about her, as I often did, for over 40 years. She was my life long friend, who loved me like a brother, and never judged me, even when I did things she disagreed with. She was a true friend, in every sense of the word. One friend like Donna Saul, is all one needs in this crazy we live in; and this is why Our Lord puts living Angels, like Donna, here on earth, to remind each and every one of us that He exists, He is real, and He created Donna, and other living Angels like her, so we will be constantly reminded, and reassured, that He truly loves each and every one of us, and that we are never alone. She is now back home, our true home, the world our Savior told us about when He was on earth in human form. And, she is with another living Angel, my youngest Son, and they are surely watching over all of us, here, as we continue our paths, our life journeys. I am always reminded, whenever I have doubts, that we are all part of one beautiful human family, created by The One and Only Living God, and that His Spirit is each and everyone, but some, like Donna, and my youngest Son, have been especially Blessed with a much bigger and brighter portion of Our Lord's Spirit within them, and that gives them Angelic qualities that we are all drawn to. I knew Donna from Mass Bay. We were very close right from the start. I remember seeing her in class, for the first time, with her shoulder length deep, glossy black hair, and huge brown eyes. She was a true vision of beauty, and myself and others could not keep our eyes off of her. Donna taught me that men and women can have an extremely close and passionate relationship, that does not have to be based on the typical boy meets girl, boy dates girl, boy and girl get married. Donna will be missed by all of us, who were Blessed to know her. She and my parents were also very close. I see her now, and imagine that she is like a rock star in Heaven.

Posted by Joseph Anthony Feeney, Esquire - Quincy, MA - Friend   July 30, 2020

I remember Donna from High School and her singing in the Dance Band. Always a smile and friendly face.

May she rest in peace.

Brian Vaas

Posted by A friend   May 20, 2020

I was close friends with Donna Saul all through Middle School at Thurston Junior High and also High School at Westwood High. She was very beautiful both inside and out. She was gifted with a beautiful voice and very musical. She had a great sense of humor and a glorious was infectious. Donna lived fairly close to my house on Sycamore Drive and we would get together with our other friends on many occasions. We loved meeting at Bergson's in town after the football games, and we were together on the Cheerleading squad. We had a similar circle of friends and shared a close friendship with each other. Her best friend Debbie Gallagher, lived down the street from Donna and they were together before and after Donna's accident in 1975. Everyone who was close to Donna continued to visit her both in the hospital and after she came home. She loved going out and socializing and never missed our reunions from High School. After I married, I moved back to Westwood where I was able to connect with Donna and she loved seeing my children. She was very kind and gentle and never complained about her injury or her predicament. Her parents loved her dearly and were very committed to her care. They took her to several physicians to see if there was anything that they could do to improve her post accident condition. They loved her very much and were so grateful for visits from her friends. As the years went on, a group friends reconnected through Facebook and we (4-5 of us) would visit Donna when we could. People were traveling from different states to see her. We would always have a wonderful time reminiscing with her and just enjoying her company and wonderful disposition. I personally loved Donna as a friend. I wish that we all had more time with her. Much love to you Donna...I will miss your beautiful smile and wonderful disposition, your jokes, your laugh, your friendship...

Posted by Lynda Hunt - Rindge, NH - Friend   May 20, 2020

Donna was a friend of my older brother. I remember her being in our home when they were in high school. Since he is no longer with us, I'd like to extend condolences to Donna's friends and family on his behalf. I remember Donna singing with the jazz band. Very often different organizations in Westwood would sponsor community dinners in the old cafeteria, the mid-century round cafeteria with the glass walls. Mr. Monaghan conducted the band and Donna sang. She left me with many joyful memories. She touched so many people with her singing and just made us happy. May her gentle soul find eternal peace and happiness with the Lord.

Posted by Paul Huber - Acquaintance   May 18, 2020

I dont know where to begin with all the special times & memories we shared with the Sauls. Even after we moved from Westwood to Illinois, the Sauls would come visit us and we would visit Donna when we came back to Westwood. My daughters both met her & loved swimming in her pool in Norwood. Donna was a beautiful person and so much fun to be with. Now Donna is reunited with her parents❤❤❤

Posted by Kathy Warman - Friend   May 17, 2020

S a friend for as long as I known her I'll miss you. Neighbors we were for years. My thought and prayers go out to your family. Rest in peace my dear friend

Posted by Janet    May 17, 2020

Donna was as kind and caring as she was beautiful and talented. I remember how friendly she was to all who knew her at Westwood High School.

Posted by Patricia Lund - needham, MA   May 17, 2020

Lots of good memories are flooding my head as I think of you! Love you Donna! You are home now with your parents, free of pain, walking without a cane. Rest in peace, until we meet again.

Posted by Leslie Blaney - Friend   May 17, 2020

Donna had such a joyful spirit. She was much loved and brought happiness to everyone she met. She was a light in every gathering. Rest In Peace, now, dear friend.

Posted by Joan Romines O'Kane - Westwood, MA - Friend   May 15, 2020

Music is said to be the voice of angels.
Donna: Enjoy singing freely and know you'll be in our hearts forever.
With heartfelt sympathy to all who loved you.....

Posted by Karen Clegg Spector - Dublin, OH - Friend   May 15, 2020

To Donna's family,

I cared for Donna when she was at New England Medical Center in Boston after her injury. She was probably the reason that I was inspired to care for brain injured patients. I was a Northeastern University Nursing student doing my first co-op on the Neurosurgery floor. Donna's mother and I formed a close relationship and I spent hours listening to her tapes of Donna singing with her high school jazz band. When Donna's coma began to lift and she was sent to rehab, I stayed in touch with her mother for a while but eventually lost touch. Over the years I have thought of her often as I care for my young disabled students. I when I see her in my mind, I see the beautiful and determined young woman that I watched struggle for every stride forward.
Rest in Peace Donna. I imagine you have joined the choir of angels!

Becki Blanton, BSN RN

Posted by Rebecca Blanton - Berlin, MA   May 14, 2020

I remember a beautiful sweet cheerleader. May she Rest In Peace!

Posted by Lynn Stockford - West Palm Beach, FL   May 14, 2020

May Almighty God now hold you close my friend, you kind and gentle soirit may rest now Donna, your race is run. May His peace be with all who know and love you.

Posted by Doni Brooks - Classmate   May 14, 2020

I don't know you I'm so sorry too hear about your cousin passing she is now resting n peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays
always remember the good times you had with her

Posted by Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH - Acquaintance   May 14, 2020