Donald F. DiMarco, age 86, of Prospect, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020 while under brief care at Good Samaritan Hospice.
Born on November 21, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary DiMarco.
Don lived his childhood years in Aspinwall, PA. He received his Bachelor’s in Education from California University of PA, and after college, served in the U.S. Army in Korea, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1957. He went on to earn his Master’s in Education from Duquesne University, and to hold a long career teaching metals and plastics shop in the West Deer/Deer Lakes School District. Don ended his professional career while serving as Deer Lakes’ Assistant to the Superintendent and Director of Bus Transportation.
Don was an accomplished man who enjoyed people and many hobbies and activities. He relished talking with his friends, crafting woodworking projects, writing, reading, gardening, playing tennis, cooking, and dining out, or just hanging out, with his wife of 61 years, Sylvia. In his lifetime, Don became a professional print shop owner, wrote and published several children’s stories and puzzles in the likes of Turtle and Highlights magazines, gave poetry programs for elementary school children, worked the local craft show circuits, and volunteered at St. Margaret’s Memorial Hospital, St. Mary’s of Assumption (Glenshaw), and St. Christopher’s of the Lake (Prospect).
More than anything, Don cherished spending time with his wife, daughter Danette, and beloved grandson, Harold. His eyes especially sparkled with love when he was with them. He was a committed and inspiring husband, father, and grandfather whose resilience, even until his last weeks, characterized his zest for life. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Sylvia A. DiMarco, whom he married on June 27, 1959; one daughter, Danette DiMarco (Stephen, deceased); and one grandson, Harold S. Domville. He lovingly follows into death his sister Emily Gasiorowki, and his half-brothers Joseph, Emerick, Samuel, and John Marmarella.
Don’s ashes will be spread privately.
If desired, memorial donations may be made in his honor to the New Haven Court at Clearview 100 New Haven Lane Ste 1 Butler, PA 16001 where care workers and staff dedicated themselves to helping him live a quality life with dementia.
Arrangements by the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham Street, Butler.
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