Donna E. Simpson

Donna E. Simpson, 65, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was the cherished wife and best friend of Barry Simpson for over 28 years.

Born in Lancaster, Donna was the daughter of John E. Swinehart and Catherine (Goss) Snyder. Professionally, she worked as a product manager at T & K Manufacturing until she retired in 2000.

Donna’s first love was her children and grandchildren, whom she adored. She enjoyed planning birthday parties and family gatherings, and she especially went all out for holidays with her family. Among her favorite hobbies were sewing, baking, and shopping. Donna had a passion for gardening and loved designing floral creations of colorful cascading flowers in oversized planters. An accomplished angler, she was nearly always the first to catch a flounder on fishing trips. Donna felt a calling to the ocean and loved the shore. For hours, she would comb the beach in search of sea glass.

In addition to Barry, Donna is survived by her daughter, Dawn Kloepfer, and a son Derek Snyder, husband of Michelle, grandchildren Devyn Laser, husband of Kelli Jean, Dylan Laser, fiancé of Natalie Injaian, Dykota Kloepfer, and Derek and Preston Snyder, and her beloved Jack Russell, Cyler.

There will be a colorful and casual memorial service to celebrate Donna’s life on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 11 AM in Bachman Funeral Home 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, Pa 17579. Family members will greet friends from 9 AM until the time of the service. They encourage you to wear comfortable and colorful clothing—especially purple, as it became Donna’s favorite color as she fought her valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

In keeping with her wishes, Donna will be buried at sea off the coast of Delaware Seashore State Park. So, if ever you’re walking the beaches of southern Delaware and find a piece of red sea glass, please think of Donna and her lasting legacy of love and strength.

9 thoughts on “Donna E. Simpson

  1. A wonderful lady, wife, mother, and friend. She will be greatly missed by all. Her strong faith was an example for many.

  2. Donna you will be greatly missed. Such a kind and loving soul. I’m grateful our paths have crossed. See you on the other side. Love Jane

  3. This is an amazing tribute. Your family was truly blessed with love for this angel and from her too. My belief is that she will continue to watch over you until you meet again.

    If ever I am able to find a piece of red sea glass I will see it from a totally different perspective. Sending much love your way.

  4. Barry,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. We hope Donna is now at peace after such a long hard fought battle. Please know if there is anything we can do for you – just ask. Your neighbors on Enterprise Drive,

    Rob & Pat

  5. My sweet, funny fishing friend. Thank you for cherished memories in just the short time we’ve known each other. You will always be remembered as one of the strongest women I’ve ever met. The beach will never be the same again. Looking forward to seeing you in the future

  6. Dear Barry and Family, I was so sorry to read of Donna’s passing. Her obituary was so uplifting and showed the special person she was to all of you. With deepest sympathy, Aunt Pat Schreck

  7. Dear Barry and Family, I am so sorry about Donna’s passing. She brought such a beautiful smile and giving spirit to the world. I pray for your peace in the coming days ahead. I love that her beloved red sea glass will cheer us all for years to come.

  8. A wonderful lady who will be greatly missed. I remember her gardening and taking care of the flowers at your house in Cedar Landing and the happiness on her face when she talked about fishing on the MissAligned.

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