Donna Yurko

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Donna Yurko, 49, of Toms River, N.J., passed away peacefully Friday, March 1, 2013, at Community Medical Center, Toms River.

She was born to Joseph Yurko and Ruth Grapski Yurko, July 22, 1963, at the Somerville Hospital, Somerville, N.J. Donna was a graduate of West Side Vocational School, Pringle. She was a great lover of cooking, music and the outdoors. She especially enjoyed kayaking, crabbing and her plants and flowers. She always had a smile on her face and in her heart.

Her great love of music held no bounds as she enjoyed all of it. Her dancing will be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her. Her sense of humor will also be missed. She was always up for a good joke and the laughter that went with it.

Preceding her in death were a son, Matthew Harrison; father, Joseph Yurko; three brothers, Tom, Joe and Mark Yurko; two nephews, Jeffrey Scharff and Thomas Yurko; and her beloved brother-in-law, Terry Ruger.

Donna is survived by her son Andrew Harrison Jr.; daughter, Patricia Atkinson, and husband, Charles, both of Harveys Lake; mother, Ruth Yurko; sister, Patricia Harmsen, and her husband, George, both of Toms River; her companion of 15 years and father of her three children, Andrew Harrison Sr., Harveys Lake; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.

Two memorial services will be held. The first will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the home of Patricia and George Harmsen, 11 La Combe Terrace, Toms River. The second will be Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at Yallicks Farm Clubhouse, Dallas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Save the Music Foundation, Attn.: Deniece Dykes, VH1 Save The Music Foundation, 1515 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

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Published in Times Leader on Mar. 8, 2013