Donald R. Ventetuolo
8/17/1940 - 08/05/2015
Donald R. Ventetuolo of Cranston passed away at home on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Laura (Brown) Ventetuolo. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Mary C. (Magliocco) and Joseph Ventetuolo, Sr.

Donald was a graduate of Cranston High School and Southern Illinois University where he played football and earned a Masters of Education. He served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War Era and will be remembered for his commitment to public service. He is much respected for his work as Assistant Principal at John F. Deering Junior High School, adjunct professor at Roger Williams University, and as an administrator with the RI Department of Corrections and the State of RI Court Marshalls. Donald served on the boards of the Cranston YMCA and West Bay Residential Services and he was a recipient of Justice Assistance's Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award.

Donald was the devoted and loving father of Lisa L. Ventetuolo and her husband David Miller of Cranston, Sara B. Ventetuolo Uronis and her husband Will of Somerville, MA, and Joanna Dunn and her husband Kevin of Barrington. He was the proud grandfather of Harry, Max, Ellie, and Andrew Dunn and David and Ryan Miller. He was the cherished brother of Mary V. Gliottone of Cranston and the late Anthony Ventetuolo, Sr., Joseph Ventetuolo, Jr., and Edward Ventetuolo. He was a loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews and his devotion to and love for his family and friends was unwavering.

Funeral from the Nardolillo Funeral Home, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston on Tuesday at 8:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial an 9:30 am in Immaculate Conception Church, Oaklawn Ave., Cranston. Burial with military honors will take place in RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours will be held on Monday from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cranston High School East Football Program, c/o Lisa Ventetuolo, or to a charity of your choice in Donald's memory. Visit for online obituary.


Of Washington, DC, born January 17, 1940, died suddenly on August 23, 2012 at home.

Youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Coonan of East St. Louis, IL. Survivors include one brother, Walter Coonan of Illinois.

Tom was a graduate of Southern Illinois University and a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. In the early 1960s, he was the president of that fraternal organization at SIU.

In the Navy, Tom served as the U.S. Commander-in-Chief Pacific's representative for the Southwest Pacific in Fiji.

Following his retirement from the Navy, he worked at the Sergeant-at-Arms Office at the House of Representatives for 17 years until his death.

Visitation service on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at DeVOL FUNERAL HOME, 2222 Wisconsin Ave., NW from 6 to 8 p.m. (Parking across the street.) Funeral service with full military honors will be held at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 9 a.m. Luncheon to follow at Key Bridge Marriott. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Greyhound Rescue, 862 Cressen Dr., Gerrardstown, WV 25420 or Georgetown University Hospital.

Published in The Washington Post on December 16, 2012

A touching tribute to Brother Tom Coonan from Speaker Boehner and also some pertinent information regarding arrangements for Tom's Funeral which will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on December 20, 2012 can read by clicking the red colored URL immediately below:

Please go
here to view a video tribute (shown at YouTube) to Brother Tom Coonan.

"The Order of the Paddle Society"

Beta Chi Members…The new brothers of BX are interested in obtaining as many fraternity Paddles as possible from the older brothers to decorate the new chapter room.
Please send them to:

Andy Fruth
502 S. University Ave., Apartment 9
Carbondale, IL., 62901

NOTE: Be sure to mark "Apartment 9" on the
address or else the mailman won't deliever it.

The 2009 Phi Kappa Tau reunion at SIU is now history. It lasted three glorious days! If you missed it, you missed a good one!. Nevertheless, due to the wonders of the internet, you still have an opportunity to relive the highlights of that glorious weekend. An eight minute video at Youtube now highlights the events of the Friday night banquet, the Saturday morning parade, the Saturday tailgate party, and the Saturday night barbecue.

What a great day
for Beta Chi!

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