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Donna Marie Lavelle Zigmund - Friday, 6/22/2018

Donna Marie Lavelle Zigmund, R.N., 59, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 surrounded by her loving family following an illness. She was born in Wilkes-Barre to Margaret "Peg" Staub Lavelle and the late Richard Paul Lavelle Sr.

Donna was a graduate of Bishop Hoban High School class of ‘76, where she was a member of the swim team. Donna obtained an associates in nursing from Luzerne County Community College and went on to complete her RN,BSN degree at College Misericordia in ‘83. Donna began her nursing career at Valley Crest Nursing Home, before working for the Department of Veteran Affairs for 11 years. She was also employed by the PA, NC, and FL Departments of Health throughout her career. Donna helped start the Safe Kids initiative here in PA, a cause in which she took great pride. Most recently, Donna was employed by Baptist Health Systems of Jacksonville, FL as Elder Care Advocate and later went on to Ambulatory Care Coordinator. In her 38 years as a nurse, Donna was able to touch many lives and help care for those without a voice.

Donna attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission in Yulee, FL, and was a woman of very strong faith.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Paul Lavelle Sr.

Surviving are: Donna’s loving and devoted husband of 28 years, Edmund Zigmund; mother, Margaret “Peg” Staub Lavelle; brother, Richard Paul Lavelle Jr. and his wife Diane; sister, Helen Chopack Coolbaugh and her husband Ken; mother-in-law, Irene C. Zigmund; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Donna will always be remembered as a vibrant, lively, compassionate, and fun-loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She had an infectious smile that would light up any room. One of Donna’s greatest enjoyments in life was to travel with her husband, whom she adored. Donna and Ed found great joy in simply being together each day. They especially loved going to the beach, and attending sporting events. Donna loved to sit by the pool and never wasted a beautiful sunny day. She also went above and beyond in her duties as an aunt, never missing an opportunity to take her nieces and nephews somewhere special. She was a passionate advocate and caretaker for the elderly and children alike. She lived for her faith, husband, career, and family— and truly never had an unkind word to say about anybody.

The funeral will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:15 A.M. from Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main Street Pittston (Port Griffith), with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish 116 Hughes Street Swoyersville, to be celebrated by Rev. Joseph J. Pisaneschi, Pastor. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Exeter.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects Thursday, from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Memory of Donna Marie Lavelle Zigmund to Misericordia University c/o Nursing Program 301 Lake Street Dallas, PA 18612 or visit https://forms.misericordia.edu/nft/.

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From: Holly "Baker"Heirmann

Location: Bethlehem, PA    Date: 2018-08-08

I always have the fondest memories of Donna and our times together with friends and her wonderful family. We used to go camping together at Rehobeth beach with her family and our good friend Audrey. We also used to spend many good times together at the Polish Club includind Holidays like Halloween. They were always a hoot when Ziggy and Donna would dress up to the hilt. Yes they were always the couple who could finish each other's sentenences. Life has it's way on speeding up on you and with children and every thing that comes after. It is often hard to keep up, let alone keep in touch with some of your closest friends. My husband and I did meet up with Donna and Ziggy the last time we could in FLA, but then again,other then Xmas cards that was quite some time ago. I will forever remember one of my closest and dearest friends even though we did not speak often enough. But I do know this...i could definately call her at any time and it would be like the thing that had been forgotten-was time. Peggy I got your message and am hoping u or a family member call me back at 610-216-1993. My dearest condolences.

From: Bruce and Tracy Barnard

Location: Eastport, ME    Date: 2018-07-09

Ed, Tracy and I are so terribly saddened to hear about Donna. Knowing words are insufficient, please know you and your family are in our prayers.

From: Veronica Holmes, RN

Location: Jacksonville, FL    Date: 2018-06-26

Donna you are truly going to be missed here in care coordination. Your smile and your very sweet spirit. You left an impression on my Mandarin South office when you were here and they are also feeling our loss. RIH and know you will be missed.

From: Anna Barrett

Location: Jacksonville, FL    Date: 2018-06-25

So very sorry for your loss. Donna was always very nice to me and had a smile for everyone. She will be missed.

From: Steven Simms

Location: Glynco, GA    Date: 2018-06-22

Ed, A life obviously well lived, may God grant you His Peace is my prayer for you and family. May you find comfort in the memories of the time you shared together.

From: Patsy

Location: Jacksonville, FL    Date: 2018-06-22

Donna and I first met when were co-workers over 8 yrs ago, and then again as co-workers in the past year. She was always so friendly, so willing to help wherever she could. She had a beautiful smile and will surely be missed. Rest well my friend.

From: Kim Edwards

Location: Jacksonville, FL    Date: 2018-06-22

I am Donna's co worker from Baptist only knowing her for a short period which seemed like I have been knowing Donna for a Lifetime! Donna's Smile so Contagious and Lovely. The BPP Family will miss her Dearly. Sending strong words of Condolences to the Family. What a Gem Donna is for us Alll. RIH Pretty!

From: Dana Moser

Location: Jacksonville Beach, FL    Date: 2018-06-22

Although I did not know Donna for very long the short time I worked with her, her smile was infectious and her heart was gentle, kind and loving! She will be missed by all of her coworkers here.

From: Dona Smyden Richmond

Location: Nuangola, PA    Date: 2018-06-21

OMG! I don't know what to say. I haven't seen you in many years. I remember our happy times back in the VA when we all worked together and always went out and danced, whether at the Woodlands or Polish Club. The old Pardini's since closed. She would order salads and we would eat like pigs, LOL We always sang and danced. We truly traveled to dance the disco route. I remember the Champagne bashes at the old Staircase Lounge where I think you met Ziggy, not sure though. You both have had a short life together, but memorable, I'm so sorry, I will miss you. Remember the dances we had. Donna was the best person ever in life. Never had a bad word, and always with a smile. She always wanted to call us to exercise in the 80s, we were too lazy, lol. May you be at peace.

From: Sophia Louis

Location: Brunswick, GA    Date: 2018-06-19

Zigmund and Lavelle family,Donna will forever be in my heart.The best friend and person to everyone.My family and I will miss her.May God bring your family peace at this time.

From: Deborah Bessette

Location: Brunswick, GA    Date: 2018-06-19

Ed, Bob and I send our deepest condolences to you. I never heard a man speak more lovingly about his wife than you spoke about Donna. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Linda Hunsucker

Location: HUDSON, OH    Date: 2018-06-19

Donna became my friend from the moment we met over 15 years ago. I will cherish all the memories of our beach walks, shopping trips, girl's days with Sophia, sleepovers, dinners with Ed and Keith, and so much more. Thank you, girlfriend, for all the great times. Love you!!

From: Ed and Wendy Armstrong

Location: St. Simons Island, GA    Date: 2018-06-19

Dear Ed, Words cannot express our sorrow at Donna's passing. We fully understand that you must feel alone. Remember, you have many friends (who cannot take Donna's place!) but will be thinking of you. Donna is with the Lord now where we all hope to be someday. Love, Ed and Wendy

From: Anna McRaven

Location: Brunswick, GA    Date: 2018-06-19

Ed may your precious memories of times shared with Donna fill you with peace and comfort in the coming days. Donna was a beautiful person inside and out we will all miss her beautiful smile and kind ways.

From: ingrid cece

Location: fernandina beach, FL    Date: 2018-06-19

Donna has left us much to soon! I am so sorry for your loss!

From: dee & Sonny bursick

Location: fernandina beach, FL    Date: 2018-06-19

We are so sorry for your loss and extend our condolences to you and your family. She was a rose among thorns, one of the very best people we have ever met. She will be sorely missed. The world is not a better place without her. She was a woman of flawless character that brought joy to all who knew her. We were blessed to have her in our lives and community which will never be the same without her.May our Lord give you comfort and peace.

From: Scott Glisson

Location: Brunswick, GA    Date: 2018-06-18

I am sorry for your loss, I pray for you and your family.

From: Malcolm Adams

Location: Glynco, GA    Date: 2018-06-18

Ed, The OSL Old Guard sends its condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and give you strength and peace!

From: Eileen Rodden

Location: Jacksonville, FL    Date: 2018-06-18

I was blessed to have known Donna over the last five years. She was a bright light in this world. Her caring heart and beautiful spirit will be missed terribly by the people she worked with, people she knew, and her family. Thank you, Donna, for being such an extraordinary woman for caring and serving on the Elder Abuse CCR in Nassau County, Florida, and for being my friend.

From: Henry L Buttts

Location: Brunswick, GA    Date: 2018-06-18

Mr. Zigmund, I know that there are no words on this earth that can ease your pain and give you comfort. There are words (not from this earth) but from Heaven that are written in the Holy Scriptures that are and will eventually give you and your family peace. Continue praying for strength and comfort with us. God will heal your pain and give you peace. Our Deepest Sympathy.

From: Tim Miller

Location: Brunswick , GA    Date: 2018-06-18

Ed, Amy and I will continue to keep you and Donna in our thoughts and prayers. We miss you both.

From: Mr. & Mrs. Todd A. Rhodes, Sr.

Location: Brunswick, GA    Date: 2018-06-18

Bro. Zigmund, please except our sincere condolence in the passing of your beloved wife. We will continue to lift you, and your entire family up to The Lord God Almighty in prayer. May The Lord continue to provide His peace and comfort to you, and your family now, and forever more.

From: Bryan A. Feeney

Location: Brunswick, GA, GA    Date: 2018-06-18

Ed, my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Take heart knowing that she is in a better place and smiling down on all from above. God Bless.

From: Gary L. Ainley

Location: Medina, OH    Date: 2018-06-18

So sorry for your loss. She is in a better place now. Where there is no sadness, sorry trouble or pain. Just peace in the valley. Gary & Deborah Ainley

From: Bob Cauthen

Location: Jekyll Island, GA    Date: 2018-06-18

Ed and families - Donna was an extraordinary person. I hope and pray that you all will find some peace, comfort, and joy in your memories of her. I am so sorry this has happened. Bob

From: Jim & Jackie Segeda

Location: Tampa, FL    Date: 2018-06-17

Ed, Jackie and I extend our deepest sympathy. Both you and Donna are in our thoughts and prayers.

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