Donald Dale Mott, age 60, passed to eternal life on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at his residence, 23995 Thornapple Drive, Cambridge Springs, PA. He had been battling cancer for almost nine years and during this past year was physically limited with the use of one lung.
Born on October 17, 1951 in Meadville, PA, Donald was a son of the late Roland Mott and Jane Styborski Mott and was a lifelong resident of Cambridge Springs. He graduated from Cambridge Springs High School in 1970 and was united in marriage on September 8, 1973 to the former Anastasia Marie Haluch who survives.
Following his military service with the US Army during the Vietnam War, Donald returned to Cambridge Springs and was employed at Carnation Can Corporation (later known as Silgan) until its closing. He then held various positions for the PA Department of Corrections in Cambridge Springs, Albion and Forest until his retirement in 2006.
Donald was a member of American Legion Post #381 in Cambridge Springs and Venango VFW Post #169. He enjoyed golf, going to Florida, and traveling to Richmond, VA to visit his daughters. A person of mechanical skills, Donald was often engaged in home improvement projects.
Surviving members of Donald’s family in addition to his wife, Anastasia (Tusia) of 38 years, are two daughters – Stacy Mott and Christa Mott Kay and her husband, Brandon, all of Richmond, VA; two brothers – Chester Mott and his wife, Lois of Linesville and James Mott and his wife, Karen of Cambridge Springs. In addition, Donald’s parents in-law survive – Thaddeus Haluch and his wife, Josephine of Cambridge Springs. There are also several nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws who survive. Preceding Donald in death in addition to his parents were three siblings – Elaine Zirkle, Carole Liss, and Roland Mott.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A vigil prayer service will be held at 8:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Cambridge Springs. Reverend Father David Poulson, pastor of the Church, will be celebrant. A prayer service will begin at the Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m.
Memorials gifts may be made to Heartland Hospice Services; 719 Indiana Drive, Erie, PA 16505 or to the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation; 130 West 8th Street, Suite 216, Erie, PA 16501.