Donn Thomas Stangohr

Aug 14, 2020

Donn Thomas Stangohr, of Rochester, bright blue-eyed, gregarious, and wildly loved, passed away on Aug. 11, at the age of 69. He is survived by his best friend (passionate spouse, business partner, and partner in all things) Sandra Lee Stangohr (Sandi), along with a whole troop of family — his son Blake Stangohr and his step/half children Alex Schinas, Jon Lagreze, Keith Lagreze, Kit Lagreze, and Emma Lagreze; his siblings James Stangohr and Chrissy Stangohr; his six nieces and nephews; his nine grandchildren; and an incredible circle of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Helen Bernice Stangohr.

Donn resided with Sandi in Rochester for 28 years, boating in Mattapoisett on their boat, Cruzan, a Cape Dory Typoon and cruising around town in their big yellow Chevy Capri Classic 1973. Donn and Sandi founded Norumbega Associates, a high-end, decorative, hardware business that they own and built from the ground up together since 1991.

Donn, a man of endless talents, was the person to call for every obscure handy-man question or history lesson. His knowledge was boundless and incredible. He was born in Evanston, Illinois, and went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA) to study sculpture. He went on to express himself in many ways beyond sculpture. He was creative, laughed with his whole body, and made everyone feel welcome.

The family will hold a celebration of Donn's life in October. In lieu of flowers, donations, or food, shower your loved ones with hugs, kisses, and “hello, beautiful”s in remembrance of Donn and his daily expressions of care and affection. We raise our glass and share in a big belly laugh for Donn. Bear hugs to all.

Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For an online guestbook, visit