FROST - Donna Lee
Donna Lee Frost had 2 families, one at home, and the other the patients she cared for while an RN with Catholic Health and SASI during her brief nursing career. Donna's nursing caregiving began in 2007 when she received both of her licenses, but was cut short by the onset of Fronto-Temporal Degeneration (FTD) (a degenerative form of dementia) which robbed her of her many life passions beginning in 2013. Donna was a key factor in raising 2 wonderful daughters, who went on to be outstanding medical community professionals. Daughter Dr.
Amanda Frost Addesa from Orchard Park, born in 1980, has a doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm D), and Meghan Rae Hage (MS) (PA)who is a Physician Assistant with Kaleida Health, and works with Oishei Children's Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.
Born in Buffalo, the former Donna Lee Zielkiewicz was the only daughter of 5 children. Her father used to say she was a "Rose Among Thorns" with her 4 brothers. She graduated with honors in 1975 from Cheektowaga Central High School. She met the love of her life, Gary Frost, in 1973 while working as a deli clerk at a local B-Kwik food market at 2920 William Street. Donna and Gary bought a home together in Cheektowaga in 1978 and were married that same year. They then settled into parenting in 1980. Except for 31/2 years in Friendship, NY, and 21/2 years in Jackson, OH, Donna was a lifelong resident of Cheektowaga, NY.
Daughter Amanda was born in 1980, and developed into a gifted young lady. Amanda is one of the youngest ever to graduate from UB with a Pharm D. Pharmacy now requires a doctorate. While away from Western NY, daughter Meghan was born in Southern Ohio (Galiapolis) in 1988, while husband Gary was employed with an iron foundry (OSCO Industries) in Jackson, OH. Meghan went on to earn her Masters Degree from D'Youville College as a Physician Assistant. Both girls benefited greatly from having Mom nearby when she was needed. Donna was known to be "The Mortar" that kept the bricks together. She was always willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the family, the plan, the mission, and whatever was best for "our daughters". Good fortune would find Donna coming home to be near her loved ones and family in 1989 when job opportunities presented themselves. After coming home to Cheektowaga, Donna became an ACE certified step aerobics instructor with "The Sophisticated Lady," and continued for many years to be a dedicated workout enthusiast. While a stay-at-home mother, Donna kept herself busy not only as an aerobics instructor, but she also volunteered at her church (Lord of Life Lutheran Church) as a pastoral inreach volunteer, and as a cashier at 7-11, Wegmans, and other employers along her way. In 2004, Donna took on the daunting task of pursuing a degree in nursing. She was able to fulfill that dream and the necessary requirements to be a licensed RN and LPN in the State of NY in 2007, less than 1 week before her 50th birthday. During her nursing career, her most rewarding activities were with Catholic Health as an RN at Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park, NY. She worked in their Sub-acute rehab unit. Donna was a BIG time Star Trek fan. She has memorabilia from all across the country, as she attended many of their annual conventions in St. Louis, Missouri. William Shatner (Captain Kirk) was truly her favorite. The most memorable of Donna's times with her husband and family came from their many trips to Ocean City, MD, Myrtle Beach, SC, Canandaigua Lake, and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Canada. Donna's first trip to Ocean City, MD was in 1975, and for 43 years, she made many visits there, right up through 2018. Donna was so very much in love with her 3 beautiful grandchildren. She spent every opportunity she could being part of their lives. Before Donna passed, She was very much aware that grandchild #4 was on the way, as daughter Meghan was expecting a birth in May, and at this writing, baby Nora was born 4/20/2019. Donna died February 22, 2019, in her Cheektowaga home, with her family by her side, after her long battle with FTD. She was 61. In addition to her husband Gary, Donna is survived by daughters Amanda (Timothy) Frost Addesa and Meghan Rae (Robert) Hage; her brothers, Dennis (Colleen) and Kenneth (Cheryl) Zielkiewicz, and 4 beautiful grandchildren, Benjamin Edward Addesa, Elizabeth Catherine Addesa, Penelope Rose Hage and Nora Marie Hage. Donna was predeceased by her brothers Joseph and Edward (Nadine) Daniels, and her parents Edward, and Rose Zielkiewicz. When Donna was nearing the end of her battle with FTD, a scholarship fund was formed in her name to assist nursing students at Erie
Community College (SUNY Erie). Donations/contributions can be made to: The Donna Zielkiewicz Frost Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 631, Cheektowaga, NY, 14225. The fund has been providing assistance to matriculated nursing students at ECC since the spring of 2018.