Donna J. Semler, 76

APRIL 18, 1936-OCT. 17, 2012

October 20, 2012
  • Semler

Donna (Diane) Jean Semler, 76, of Hagerstown, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

Born April 18, 1936, in Hancock, Md., she was the daughter of the late Garfield Shifflett and Ethel (Coffman) Shifflett Wink.

Donna devoted her life to caring for others. She spent several years employed as an in-home care provider.

In her personal life, she was the beloved matriarch of her family. She happily spent her time caring for and mentoring her ever-growing family, which at the time of her passing spanned five generations.

Everyone was always welcome at Grandma's house. There, you would learn to love the classic movies, enjoy a home-cooked meal and experience the love that only a grandmother can give. Her love and devotion will be forever appreciated and greatly missed by all who knew her. She never turned away anyone hungry or who needed a warm place to stay.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Gregory and husband, Newt, of Hagerstown; a son, Morris Stevenson and wife, Linda, of Waynesboro, Pa.; stepchildren, David Semler, Mary C. Nickerson and Elizabeth Hoy of Baltimore; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several stepgrandchildren; a sister, Mary Keefer of Falling Waters, W.Va.; a brother, William Shifflett and wife, Judy, of Hancock; a brother-in-law, Roy McCarthy of Hancock; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Eugene Semler; her stepparents, Carl Wink and Grace Shifflett; a grandson, Shane Ward; two stepgrandchildren, Newtie and Kevin Gregory; one sister, Delores McCarthy; and a half brother, Garfield (Sonny) Shifflett.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Flowers or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

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