Desta Jean Donnell, age 89, resident of 3302 West Lake Road, Erie, PA, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016. Born on September 28, 1926 in Cochranton, PA, Desta was a daughter of the late Shelby Alexander Shoemaker and Mildred Shoemaker. On April 2, 1948, she married Raymond Alexander Donnell and he preceded her in death on August 3, 2015.

Donnell, Desta004Mrs. Donnell was a registered nurse and in earlier years was employed by the former Spencer Hospital in Meadville and then at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie. She enjoyed crocheting, flower arranging and gardening. She was affiliated with the Pine Avenue Church of God until she retired and with the First Church of God in Cambridge Springs after her retirement.

Surviving Desta are two sons – Fred Donnell and his wife Connie of New Castle, IN and Shelby Donnell and his wife Sheryl of Erie, PA; a daughter – Desta D. Donnell of Covington, KY; five grandchildren – Shannon Donnell-Cline and her husband Jeff of Muncie, IN; Courtney Donnell and his wife Melinda of Louisville, KY; Justin Donnell and his wife Darla of Verona, PA; Joline Donnell of Erie, PA and Franco Mudey of St. Petersburg, FL. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Thursday, June 30th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. A funeral service will begin on Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend James Callender, pastor of the First Church of God in Cambridge Springs, officiating. Interment will be in Cochranton Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be given to Regional Home Health and Hospice, 2564 Village Common Drive, Erie, PA 16506.