Donna Harrington Memorial Fund

$105 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 6 months
Donna Harrington Patejak died suddenly on April 21, 2018. During the last year of her life, Donna struggled with many chronic health conditions. Donna taught at several community colleges around the DC Metro area for more than 30 years, unfortunately Donna was forced to go out on disability retirement due to the rapid decline in her health. Donna did not have life insurance money, when she died. Since  there was no life insurance money to pay burial expenses, Donna’s family barely had enough money   to pay for Donna’s cremation there was no money available to have her ashes scattered in the ocean as she wished. The placement of Donna’s ashes will be done by Eternal Reefs, which is a nonprofit organization that facilitates the placement of a loved one’s ashes at reef sites across the eastern seaboard.


The goal of this page is to raise the funds necessary to allow Donna’s ashes to be placed in the ocean near Ocean City Maryland.

In addition to the cost of having Donna’s ashes placed in a coral reef outside Ocean City Maryland any funds raised will be used to allow Donna’s daughter Chelsea Rose Harrington Walton to participate in the dedication ceremony scheduled for the first week in May 2019 having this opportunity to honor her mother will provide Chelsea a sense of additional closure. If there is any money left over after the expenses for the placement of Donna’s ashes and the dedication ceremony for Donna. The remaining funds will be given to her daughter Chelsea, which she will use toward her post high school education expenses. Chelsea is currently pursuing a certification as a medical assistant.


Although Donna struggled financially during the last year of her life, we know that she touched many people.  Above all Donna was a mother who loved her daughter more than anything else. She was also an English professor with passion for literature and poetry. She was also great friend to many and her memory will live on in our hearts.

Chelsea appreciates any contributions made to this fund so that she may fulfill her mother’s last wish.

Thank you.
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$105 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 6 months
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