Donnella J. Strite, 63

JAN. 30, 1949-JAN. 6, 2013

January 06, 2013

Donnella Jean Strite, 63, of Old Forge Road, Hagerstown, Md., died at 4:21 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at her home. She had been in declining health for the past two years.

Born Jan. 30, 1949, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Donnel Eugene and Anna Mary (Collins) Gift.

She and her husband, Stephen C. Strite, were married Sept. 14, 1968, in Smithsburg, Md.

Donnella was a school bus driver for Shalom Christian Academy of Chambersburg, Pa., for 30 years.

She was a member of Shanks Church of the Brethren near Greencastle, Pa., and was a graduate of Smithsburg High School.

She enjoyed being with her family and grandchildren.

Surviving family in addition to her husband are two sons, John K. (wife, Cherie) Strite of Smithsburg and Seth D. (wife, Laura) Strite of Ringgold, Md.; four grandchildren, Jacob, Grace, Sarah and Samuel; four sisters, Janet Kline of Sharpsburg, Md., Joanne Brant and Nancy Rice, both of Greencastle, and Ruth Lorenz of Baltimore, Md.; and one brother, Les Gift of Greencastle.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at Shanks Church of the Brethren, Greencastle, with Ministers John Shelly, David Stahl and Nelson Witmer officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church one hour before the service Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in her memory to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or Shanks Church of the Brethren, Missions Fund, c/o Dale Watkins Treasurer, 1904 Bell Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17202.

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