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Donna R. Thomas

February 12, 1930 — April 1, 2023

Donna Ross Hall Thomas, 93, of West Newton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Born in McKeesport on February 12, 1930, she was the daughter of the late John C. and Sara (Thompson) Ross.

Donna graduated from West Newton High School in 1948 and from Stenotypist School of Pittsburgh in 1949. She then enlisted in the US Air Force and trained to be a weather observer. She honorably served her country for 4-1/2 years in Wiesbaden, Germany and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.

She is survived by her daughter, Vanna Vance of Jacksonville, FL; son, John (Cathy) Hall of Sutersville; step-daughters, Susan Thomas of Charleroi and Tracey Thomas of California; granddaughters, Kimberly (John) Testone of Syracuse, NY and Jessica (Jim) Huston of West Newton; great-grandchildren, Jimmy, Lylah and Julie Huston; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Henry "Ed" Thomas; sister, Jean McCorkle; brothers, J. William Ross and Jerome Ross.

As per Donna’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral services. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the James C. Stump Funeral Home Inc., 580 Circle Drive, Rostraver Township (724-929-7934)

Interment, with Military Honors, will be in West Newton Cemetery.

Her family would like to thank the special people in her life. . .nurse’s aides, neighbors and friends. . .whose many kindnesses assisted her in living her life in the home she loved.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the ASPCA at

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