Donna M. Markle
John W. Keffer Funeral Home, Inc.
902 Mount Rose Avenue
York, PA
YORK Donna M. Markle, 65, passed away unexpectedly at Memorial Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, February 22, 2012. Donna was born on May 27, 1946, in Derby, Conn., to the late Robert and Helen (Ragozzine) Heusser. Donna graduated from Bishop Garcia Diego High School in Santa Barbara, Calif. She had many fond memories from her time in California. Upon graduation, Donna attended York College for two years. She worked in real estate for 25 years. Donna was a real estate agent for Prudential Bob Yost Homesale Services in York. Donna was a most loving and caring mother, and grandmother. She is remembered by family and friends as having the kindest heart, always seeing the best in people. One of her greatest joys was decorating and giving gifts at Christmastime. Donna most loved being with her family - the fuller the house and the louder the laughs, the better. Donna called everyone she loved "honey". Donna is survived by her children, son, Gary Markle and his wife, Jennifer of Baltimore, Md., son, Matt Markle and his wife, Lexi of Bonita Springs, Fla., and daughter, Michelle (Markle) Rentzel and her husband, Scott of York; her children's father, Gary Markle and his wife, Maureen of York; brother, Bob Heusser and his wife, Karen of Hummelstown; her brother, Dave Heusser and his wife, Mary Ann of York; her nephew, Rob Heusser of York; her nephew, Steven Heusser of York; niece, Danielle Heusser of Bedford, N.Y.; her beloved grandsons, Max and Brooks of Baltimore, Md.; and many dear friends. To celebrate Donna's exceptional life, a service will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012. A visitation is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 2935 Kingston Road, York. A funeral mass will be held following the visitation at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Louis Petruha as celebrant. Burial will be at Holy Savior Cemetery. John W. Keffer Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., 902 Mt. Rose Ave., York, is in charge of arrangements. To commemorate Donna's warm and giving spirit, please consider a contribution to York Catholic High School, 601 E. Springettsbury Ave., York, PA 17403; Olivia's House, 830 S. George St., York, PA 17403; and/or the SPCA of York County, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York PA 17406.
Published by York Daily Record on Feb. 25, 2012.
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I met Donna at an open house and she immediately won the hearts of my husband and myself. We were very young and looking for our first house. Donna took us under her wing and made the process a wonderful memory. My sincere sympathy to her family, of whom she spoke constantly. She was so proud of her children and loved them deeply. R.I.P. Donna.
Geri Schaffer
February 28, 2012
I am shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic news. I only recently began corresponding with Donna via FaceBook. We had not seen or talked to one another since High School in Santa Barbara. My most sincere prayers go out to all her family and friends at this difficult time of loss. May God bless you all and give you His Peace. ~Paula (Byron) Driscoll
Paula Byron-Driscoll
February 27, 2012
I always considered you another grandmother and will miss you dearly. I'll never forget how you always laughed and smiled about everything. We'll all miss you, grandma Donna!
Megan Bratton
February 27, 2012
Michelle and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's unexpected passing....Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers....

Tacy Zaldivar
February 27, 2012
We were so sorry to hear about Donna. She was always so sweet and went out of her way to say hello to everyone. She will be missed. Condolences to her family.
Rosemary & Vincent Iacono
February 26, 2012
I am sorry to hear about Donna. She was a good neighbor and friend to many.
Mark Landis
February 25, 2012
My sympathy to the family of Donna. I worked with her at the real estate office some years ago. I worked weekends and was always happy to see her when she came in as she just was a very nice person to be around. I am sure she will be missed very much.
Nancy VanWyk
February 25, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
February 25, 2012
Gary, Matt and Michelle - We are thinking of you and pray that God will bless and keep you during this difficult time. Mike, Tracey and Megan
February 25, 2012
Always remember you at Williamsburg Dr - R.I.P.
Tommy Fitzgerald
February 25, 2012
My love and condolences to the entire family. Gary and Jenn, you're in my heart more than ever today. Love to you and the boys.
Jennifer Arapoff
February 25, 2012
What a beautiful obituary and tribute to a remarkable lady! We are just one of many students that went to YC during the Markle realm, with any of the Markle's..prayers to you and your family. A new beautiful angel that is with us in Heaven!
Spece Family
February 25, 2012
Dear Gary, Matt, Michelle & families...So saddened to hear of the unexpected loss of your mother. She was loved by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you...xoxo...Rita D'Ottavio
Rita D'Ottavio
February 25, 2012
Gary, Matt, Michelle and Families,
We are so sorry to hear of the unexpected loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. She was a great lady and will be missed by many.
Brad and Diane Markey
February 25, 2012
Gary, Matt and Michelle,
Although we don't know eah other, I was your Mother's Maid of Honor and, at one time we were very close. Time and distance separated us over the years, but she was always in my heart and now my heart aches for all of you who were able to be close to her all of this time. I hope she was happy, I know she was well loved.
With deep regret, Judy Sutliffe
Judy Sutliffe
February 25, 2012
My sympathy to Donna's family. Donna was a friend when we attended York College. She was a sweet, kind and beautiful caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
Gloria Miller - Rohlfing
February 25, 2012
Gary, Matt & Michelle: I am beyond sad at this news. Your mother was truly one of the nicest people I have ever known. I can hear her laugh in my head right now. I wish I could attend her service but will be thinking of you all then.
Kim Schonauer-Ingersoll
February 25, 2012
michelle and family
we are so sorry to hear of the sudden unexpected loss of your mom. our thoughts and prayers will be with you through this time of sadness. the wonderful memories that you have will help you through. with those memories, she will always be with you.
mike and donna miller
February 25, 2012
Gary, Matt, & Michelle,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom; she is now your Guardian Angel! You are in my thoughts and prayers...
Bonnie Julius
February 25, 2012
I met Donna about 10 years ago when I started at Prudential which at the time was Coldwell Banker, right from the start she was so sweet. I worked for Mercury which is now Homesale Settlement and they started telling me the stories about when Donna worked at Mercury. Some of those stories are so funny! Donna left Coldwell Banker but always kept in touch. She could call you and you would think that it was like yesterday that you talked with her. Then when Long and Foster joined with Prudential she came back home..I said it is about time you come back here...she laughed that lovely laugh that she had. I will always remember Donna's sweetness, kindness and that great laugh of hers.

The day after Donna passed it was such a beautiful day outside (for February) and there was a group of us standing in the lobby talking about Donna, shedding some tears, stories etc and I told them all that it was so beautiful outside because that was Donna's smile shining down on all of us and saying "I am ok everyone, please remember the good times, wipe those tears away, I am happy!" Donna Thank you for just being you!

To Donna's family, I will keep you in my prayers as I understand how hard it is to lose someone so suddenly. Over time those tears will turn into smiles as I know you all have lots and lots of Happy times with her!
Penny Bowers
February 25, 2012
Gary, Matt and Michelle,
I am so terribly sorry for the sudden loss of your Mom. She was always so kind to me during the high school years. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Margie Miles
February 25, 2012
I have had many talks and laughs with my good friend Donna over the years. I loved her laugh and her stories of her grandsons. I'm going to miss you Donna. Thank you for the great memories and the smiles we shared together. My thoughts and prayers and deepest sympathy to her family. She will be greatly missed. Such a good friend.Thank you for the gift of your friendship Donna.
Paula Musselman
February 25, 2012
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