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.