Donna M. Decoskey

Dec. 10, 1942 - Oct. 9, 2017


Donna M. Decoskey, 74, Gallitzin, died Monday at her residence.

She was born in Gallitzin, daughter of the late Michael and Helen (Glass) Petyak. On Aug. 24, 1999, she married Robert D. Decoskey.

Surviving are her husband; three daughters: Brenda (Martin Jr.) Finklestine of James Creek, Lisa Morrison (fiance, David Stoy) of Gallitzin and Amy (Christopher) Stevens of Loretto; a stepson, Scott (Jean) Decoskey of Cresson; seven grandchildren: Martin III, Matthew (Jaime), Amanda (Jason) Larson, Stephen, Drew, Andra and Zachary; two step-grandchildren: Brandon and Brianna Decoskey; seven great-grandchildren: Madison, Maddox, Jaxon, Auynn, Carter, Cohen and Leonie; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Petyak, and her children.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis, on

Dec. 29, 2012; and a son-in-law, Christopher Morrison, on Feb. 26, 1994.

Donna was a 1960 graduate of Gallitzin High School, and she attended Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, for two years. She worked as a telephone operator for Bell Atlantic and Verizon. She volunteered as groundskeeper with her husband at St. Mary’s Cemetery. She was a member of the Gallitzin Alumni Association, and she organized her own class reunions yearly.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cooking for holiday gatherings with family.

There will be no viewing or visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at St. Demetrius Catholic Church, Gallitzin, the Rev. Albert Ledoux celebrant. Committal will be in Resurrection Mausoleum. Arrangements are by Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin.

The family suggest that donations in Donna’s memory be made to Gallitzin Fire Company, P.O. Box 41, Gallitzin, PA 16641.