Donna Burgun

Obituary of Donna E. Burgun

Donna Burgun (previously Slachta, Piacentino) was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, partner, aunt, and cousin. She left the world suddenly on December 29, 2021 at age 65. Donna was born to Louis and the late Carole Piacentino in May of 1956 in the Bronx, NY. After marrying her high school sweetheart John Slachta, they moved to Duchess County NY to raise their three children Jill, Michael, and Joseph. After Donna and John divorced, she was remarried to the late Douglas Burgun and welcomed his children Keith and Ashley to the family. She later met her partner Scott Burnett, who she spent the past 14 years with in Fishkill NY.  

Donna was a passionate, generous, and immensely kind woman. More than anything, Donna loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and looked forward to cooking delicious Italian meals for them to enjoy together. She had a passion for politics, loved our country, and never missed a broadcast of the Rush Limbaugh show. While serious about politics, she also had a great sense of humor. She and her sister Barbara had a special bond and when together, they would often would erupt into fits of laughter, laughing until they cried. Donna didn’t covet material things and instead enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. On nice days, you would always find Donna outside tending to her gardens, listening to the birds, and caring for her and her children’s many beloved pets. Eloquently handwritten poems and notes can be found throughout her home, meant to inspire and uplift those around her. Her sense of humor and passion of belief will never be forgotten, and she will be greatly missed.  

Donna is survived by her partner of 14 years, Scott Burnett of Fishkill as well as her children Jill Slachta and her partner Nathan Sumpter Jr. of Norwalk, Ct., Michael Slachta and his wife Christine of Poughquag, NY., Joseph Slachta of Charlotte, NC., her grandchildren Mikey and Emma, her father Louis Piacentino of Staten Island, her sister Barbara Dillon and husband Kerry of Staten Island. She was predeceased by her mother Carole Piacentino and her brother Louis Piacentino III. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am Tuesday January 4, 2022 at the church of St. Clare, 110 Nelson Ave Staten Island. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Staten Island. In honor of Donna’s wishes, there will not be a viewing. Arrangements are being handled by the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home 371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, New York 12603. If you would like to leave an online condolence, please visit The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Donna’s honor to St. Jude’s Hospital, the Humane Society, or Wounded Warrior Project.  

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