Donald L Alteri, 83, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Donald L Alteri, 83, Watertown, passed away Sunday morning, Aug. 6, 2023, at his home surrounded by his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Born Sept. 26, 1939, in Watertown, a son of Louis Alteri and Rose Crescenzi Alteri, he attended Watertown schools. He was the 1957 and 1958 NYS lightweight wrestling champion.

He married Kay F. Williams on Oct. 31, 1963, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. She died May 12, 2016.

Donnie worked at  NY Air Brake, working in the foundry. He retired from the Conboy, McKay, Bachman, and Kendall Law Firm.

He was a communicant of Holy Family Church. Donnie was a member of the Wolf Creek Hunting Camp, Highland Hunting Club, Italian American Club, and Elks Lodge 497. He was an avid hunter and all-season fisherman, known as the “Fishin’ Magician”. He also enjoyed golf and cooking, known for his legendary cutlets.

Donnie is survived by his two daughters, Lisa A. BonDurant and Amy K. Alteri, both of Watertown. He was “Nono” to his three grandchildren, Erika L., Joel D. (Maria), and Abigail A. Bon Durant and his two great grandchildren, Forrest BonDurant Williams and Hailey Anne BonDurant. Donnie also has one brother-in-law, Dennis LaJuett, one sister-in-law, Nancie S. Williams, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Along with his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his son-in-law David M. BonDurant, a brother, Lello “Budgo” Alteri and his wife June, and a sister, Judy LaJuett.

Calling hours will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at the funeral home followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery.

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In lieu of flowers, donations in Donnie’s name may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St, Watertown, NY 13601.