Donna Marie Lewis, 73, of Hanover Township, died Saturday in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
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Born on March 2 , 1940, in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of William and Nellie Rukstalis. She was a 1958 graduate of Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish and St. Aloysius Church in Wilkes-Barre. Donna was employed as a unit secretary for 23 years in the Maternity Unit at Nesbitt Hospital, Kingston, and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, retiring in 2006.
She enjoyed baking at Christmas and cross-stitching Christmas stockings for her five grandchildren, whom she deeply loved. Christmas was her favorite holiday, and she enjoyed family gatherings during the holiday season.
In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lewis Jr., in 2006; infant daughter, Laura, in 1963; sisters Mary Kerchner and Rose Hontz; brothers William Rukstalis and John Rukstalis.
Surviving are sons, Walter Lewis III and his wife, Karen, Allentown; Michael, at home, and Edward Lewis and his wife, Lori, Sugar Notch; grandchildren, Jena, Jacob, Zachary, Emily and Stephanie; sisters Patricia Tlucek, Barbara Hufford, Constance Hawley, Eleanor Drew and Romaine Mackay; brothers the Rev. Simeon Rukstalis and Howard Kerchner; numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Daniel J. Hughes Funeral Home, 617 Carey Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Hanover Township. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to St. Joseph's Center Foundation, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.
Published in Times Leader on Sept. 30, 2013