Donna Eckley

Donna I. Eckley

Tuesday, July 5th, 1938 - Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
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Donna I. Eckley, 82, of Unionville, passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Centre Crest Nursing Home due to Covid-19. Born on July 5, 1938 in Bellefonte, she was the daughter of the late Clair and Lorraine (Fisher) Carver.

Donna was a 1960 graduate of Bald Eagle High School. She held several jobs at Penn State over the years, including the Dairy Science and the Property Inventory departments until her retirement.

She is survived by her three children, Janice Lingle (the late Walter Lingle) of State College, Beth Phillips (Terry) of Valley View, and Susan Eckley (Rick Breon) of Valley View, and three grandchildren, Kyle Phillips, Elijah Breon, and Jacob Breon, all of Valley View. Also surviving is one sister, Linda Spotts (Larry) of Unionville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson, Kaeleb Phillips, on January 18, 2010, one son-in-law, Walter Lingle, on August 31, 1995, her long-time companion, Robert “Butch” Belay on June 21, 1999, one sister, Rosalyn Barndt, on September 12, 2014, and one infant brother in 1935.

In Donna's younger years, she played cards most weekends with family and friends. She was an avid fan of the Penn State football and wrestling programs. Donna looked forward to summer vacations at Ocean City, NJ and attended the Grange Fair on a daily basis. Donna formed long lasting friendships at the Potter's Mills Vets. She enjoyed the parties, dances, and "rip-off" tickets. Her biggest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She faithfully attended all of her grandchildren's events including football, wrestling, soccer, baseball, chorus, drama, and band. She never missed an event.

There will be a public graveside service held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 11am, at Advent Cemetery in Milesburg, with David Dimmick officiating. Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. in Bellefonte.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Centre Crest - Dementia Unit, Stanton Court, at 502 E. Howard Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Advent Cemetery
    Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.
    David Dimmick
  • Interment

    Advent Cemetery
    Boggs Township
    Boggs Township, PA
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    Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.


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Kathy Smith Bamat

Posted at 07:47pm
Beth and Sue,
So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing! My condolences and sending prayers for all!
Kathy Smith Bamat

Jim Jones

Posted at 02:37pm
Beth, Terry and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. May God bless her and be with you as you go through this tough time.

Sandra Podgurski

Posted at 10:37pm
What a great lady and friend. A kind soft spoken gal. Rest In Peace my friend.

Cheryl King

Posted at 08:50pm
So sorry for your loss Beth and Susan. I have many memories of your mom, including doing her hair.

Elizabeth Eisenhower

Posted at 12:54pm
Donna was a great girl, had so much fun at football games and at Potters Mills vets
So sad to see her go.

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