Donald "Donnie" C. McCabe


October 11, 1934 - December 27, 2013

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Donald C. McCabe, 79, of Cuba City, entered Heaven’s gates at 5:02pm on Friday, December 27, 2013. He passed away as he wished, peacefully in his home, surrounded by the unconditional love of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and his life-long, best friend, Pat Murray. In honor of Donnie’s wishes to be cremated, a private family service will be held at a later date. Complete arrangements are pending at Haudenshield Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City, WI.

Donald was born on October 11, 1934, in Cuba City, son of Charles and Hortense (Cox) McCabe. He married his childhood sweetheart and love of his life, Alberta Lorraine Piper, on February 11, 1956. She preceded him in death on October 25, 1999.

Donald joined the US Army during the Korean War, serving in the 5th Armored Division from 1953 until being honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1955. Following the Army, he worked at John Deere until disabled by his life-long battle with Chron’s disease.

A devout Catholic, he was an active member of the St. Rose of Lima Church, calling upon his faith to endure all of life’s challenges. Donald was kind, caring and compassionate, living life selflessly, putting the well-being of others ahead of himself, never wanting recognition or asking anything in return. He was also a sports fanatic, his loyalty lying with Cuba City basketball, so much so he built full-length courts and opened them to all the kids in town.

Dad/Grandpa/”Donnie” will be remembered fondly and loved by all who knew him; may we find comfort in knowing he was welcomed into heaven and reunited with Alberta, the angel of his life.

He is survived by his three daughters, Rae Anne, Jolene (John), and Sandra; one son, Donnie (Candace), all of Cuba City; seven grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Scott, Christopher (Gloria), Brent, Amy (Brandon), Michael, Cody, and Cassie; and three great grandchildren, Luz, Jose and Piper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Teresa, countless aunts, uncles, cousins and brothers-and-sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations are to be made to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City, WI.

The family wishes to thank Finley Home Health(especially Jessica), Hospice of Dubuque (especially Mary G., Stephanie and Cindy), Dr. Salas, Dr. Shaw, Dr. Martin, and Pat & Nancy Murray and family for their support during this most difficult time.