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Donna Whitman

Donna Whitman

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Donna M. Whitman, 87, of Philipsburg, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Christ the King Manor in Dubois. Born May 18, 1933 in Altoona, she was a daughter of the late C.C. “Steve” Sell & Mary Etta (Houck) Sell. Donna was a graduate of Roaring Spring High School and Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse at the former Philipsburg Hospital and was Director of Clearfield County Homemakers, for many years. Donna was a part of the Philipsburg community as well as Trinity United Methodist Church for over 60 years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and volunteered for Relay for Life. She was an avid reader, liked to cook, play bridge, and most of all loved helping others. She was a friend and Meema to many. Her family was a priority to her. While they were growing up, she enjoyed being involved and watching her children and grandchildren participate in sports and other activities. Family times and celebrations were a cherished part of her life. On October 30, 1954 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring, she married John B. Whitman. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2008. Also preceding in death is a daughter in law Brenda Whitman, an infant granddaughter Katrina Whitman and a brother Thomas Sell. Donna is survived by three children Stephen Whitman and wife Kerry of Philipsburg, Eric Whitman and wife Kathy of Middletown and Mary Ann Volpe of Dubois; seven grandchildren Kelly Martini and husband James, Dan Whitman, Isaac Solak, Sarah Votta and husband Isaac, Sarah Whitman, Jonathan Whitman and Zach Volpe; and three great grandchildren Jack and Lizzie Martini and Brielle Votta. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Don Smith officiating. Donna will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Philipsburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donna’s memory may be made to Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front Street, Philipsburg, PA 16866 or to Trinity United Methodist Church, c/o Shoe & Coat Bank, PO Box 465 Philipsburg, PA 16866. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.dahlgren-spewock.com. Arrangements are under the care of the Dahlgren-Spewock Funeral Home, Inc., 228 N. Centre St. Philipsburg, PA 16866.
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Ian Jones

Posted at 08:53am
Rest in peace Donna
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Sandy Foreman

Posted at 03:26pm
Donna and I had a special friendship for over 50 years..we were sisters in Order of the Easter Star, played competitive, friendly bridge, our husbands were both Penelec-ers and we were neighbors...Donna was an extremely generous lady..I know this because she prepared and sent our family meals (complete with desert) when my husband was ill...I’ve been told that she graciously did the same for others in need...I can’t tell you how much I will miss her and will always remember her with love...my deepest sympathy to all her family and friends who loved her....We will see Donna again, until then, enjoy your memories! 🙏❤️💕
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Adrienne Price

Posted at 08:49pm
One of my first memories of my time at TUMC in Philipsburg was singing in the Cherub Choir, under the direction of Donna Whitman. Singing, and choir would continue to be a special part of my life. Donna was a very nice lady, and it was nice to be greeted with familiar smiles such as hers when I’d attend a church service, years between visits, having moved states away many years ago. Hopefully her family is at peace knowing she found hers.
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Stan LaFuria

Posted at 08:51am
Julie and Stan LaFuria want to say how special we thought Donna was. We liked her very much, from the very beginning when we first came to this area, Donna was soooo good to us. Being new to the area, you never know how people will treat you. Donna treated us GREAT! We will never forget her and will always think of her with love and respect. Our condolences go out to all of her family. God bless you all.
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Diann Westrick

Posted at 07:59pm
One of the nicest people I have ever met. She always had a smile and a kind word for you. She will be missed by many.
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