Donna Pierce (1917 - 2012)

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Donna Pierce

Wappinger Falls - Donna Pierce, of Wappinger Falls, NY, formerly of Barefoot Bay, FL, passed away at Elant Nursing Home in Fishkill, NY on May 9, 2012 at the age of 95.

Daughter of the late Peter and Barbara (Eisnet) Rode, she was born March 14, 1917 in New Jersey.

She married her beloved husband Maynard Pierce in St. Joseph's Church in Worcester on October 12, 1940. They began their married life in Long Island but moved to Wappingers in 1964 when her husband started his job with IBM. Donna, who was not a stay-at-home type, loved to work as a waitress. When they retired, they relocated to Barefoot Bay, FL. Donna continue to work, this time as an Avon representative. She was also actively involved with St. Luke's Catholic Church and was a member of various bowling leagues. She loved to travel the country with her husband, and together they managed to visit all 50 states. After losing their home to hurricane Jeanne in 2004, they were forced to move back to New York, where they spent their remaining years surrounded by the love of their family.

Donna is survived by her daughter, Margaret Travis and her husband Kenneth of Newburgh, NY; grandsons, Christopher Masi and Bryan Masi of Middletown, NY; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Travis of Newburgh, NY; and her sister, Emma Berry of Syosset, NY. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Maynard Pierce;, her brothers, Rudolph, Milan, and Henry Rode; and a sister, Milena Stoll.

Memorial visitation will be held from 2-4 pm on Saturday, June 2 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to ., PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20009-6011 or online at

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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on May 31, 2012
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