Donnalee Zender

Donnalee Zender

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Donnalee A. (Waltz) Zender
May 2, 2020

Donnalee A. (Waltz) Zender of Clay, NY was called home by her Savior on May 2, 2020 at 76 years of age after courageously facing her illness with determination and humor.

Donna was born on November 29, 1943 in Syracuse, NY and spent her childhood in the village of Parish where she would meet her lifelong sweetheart, Harold (Butch) Zender, whom she married in 1964. She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s School of Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse with the American Red Cross and St. Joseph’s Hospital, from which she retired in 2004. Her greatest joy would come from being a mom of two, grandmother of six, and living in retirement with Butch, with whom she celebrated 47 happy years of marriage until his passing in 2011. She and Butch made a home that was filled with love and hospitality, where there was always a pot of coffee ready and time for a visit. Mom enjoyed every opportunity to gather with family and friends for games or meals, taking day trips, or any activity where she could be with those she loved. She was known as a great cook and hostess and she made everyone who entered her home feel like family. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Phoenix, NY.

She will be sadly missed by her children, Rebecca (Joel) From, Robert (Deborah) Zender, and grandchildren: Olivia (Kaleb) Leskiw; Aaron (Hillary) From; Rachel From; Jordan Zender; Brianna Zender; and Jessika Zender. She is also survived her by sister, Barbara Waltz, and brother, Paul (Amy) Waltz, and beloved in-laws, James Zender, Richard and Joyce Zender, Veleta Mattison, Verna Henderson, Mary Alice Meyers, Yvonne Zender, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Dear friends who held a special place in her heart and life are Hazel Watkins and Tom Leffingwell, Tudy Brutcher, Dick and Rhetha Cunningham, Peggy Sayles, and Loretta Milewski.

Her children and grandchildren are sincerely grateful for the exceptional care mom received from Sandy Magee over the last year, and, more recently, by the caring staff at Belle Haven Nursing Home and Caring Hospice in Quakertown, PA. To our family and friends that showed such exceptional love and care to our mom, we have been deeply blessed by all your acts of service and kindness.

Internment at Pleasant Lawn Cemetery in Parish, NY will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church, 16 County Rt 57A, Phoenix, NY, 13135.
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Polly and Scott Haffner

Posted at 04:37pm
Beckie and family, We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. With deepest sympathy,
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Karen Borthwick Tanaskovic

Posted at 06:17pm
Becky & Bob
Your mom was a special lady. I remember many moments of laughter with she & your dad when they were leaders of the church singles group. She was always gracious & an encouraging friend.
Karen Borthwick Tanaskovic

Robin E Lamson

Posted at 02:35pm
I remember Mrs. Zender very well. My heartfelt condolences to Becky and the whole family. What a gem she was...I will always remember her as such a lady of deep faith. .I trust that this brings all of you comfort. As scripture says, “To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord...” “I can only imagine” what it was like when she saw Jesus face to face. How beautiful for her..

Robin E. Lamson
Clay, NY

Holly Barker

Posted at 09:04am
Aunt Donna, Meeting you was an honor, your beautiful heart touched mine. Rest with God. Love, Holly
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Harley and Celeste Hamaker

Posted at 09:01pm
We are heartbroken that Donna has passed away. I pray for your peace and comfort in the loss of such a wonderful mother. I admired Donna for her quiet and calming personality; she encouraged those she was around to be kind and gracious merely by how she conducted herself. Regrettably, we hadn't seen her lately to know her medical challenges , but we are happy that she was cared for lovingly by her family during these months. However, the most perfect of circumstances doesn't erase our sorrow that she has left her earthly home to be with her Savior. May God shelter you with love, comfort, and care; God gives me hope that she is in the place for which she and we strive--the presence and arms of Jesus Christ.

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