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Donna T. Berkman

Donna T. Berkman

1952 - 2016

Donna P. Berkman, 64, of Bethel Park, PA, formerly of Watertown, passed away May 10, 2016 at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center-Shadyside.
  Donna was born April 30, 1952, in Watertown a daughter of Donald E. and Gina Misercola Patchen. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1970 and attended Jefferson Community College where she studied both early childhood development and hospitality and tourism. Donna was formerly married to Mike Berkman, Sr. for twenty five years. She worked in the House of the Good Samaritan day care and was a unit clerk for ten years. She then became a private daycare provider and was a teachers’ assistant at Sherman Street School. She and her companion Keith Alcombrack moved to Pittsburgh, PA in 2001. Donna owned and operated a commercial and residential cleaning business in PA.
  Donna was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church and of St. Winifred’s Church in Pittsburgh, PA. For many years she was an active volunteer for both St. Anthony’s and Immaculate Heart Central schools. She enjoyed motorcycle riding, antiques, collecting family photos, and scrapbooking; especially for her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. Donna was an avid fan of Syracuse University lacrosse, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  Surviving besides her parents, Donald and Gina Patchen, and companion Keith Alcombrack are, two sons, Michael M. Berkman Jr. (Kathleen), Windermere, FL, Justin J. (Kristi) Berkman, Orange Park, FL, seven grandchildren, Mikey, Ryan, Garren, Gina, Kalan, Reya and Tess Berkman, two brothers, Donald E. (Deborah) Patchen, Watertown, Dominic S. (Michele) Patchen, Constantia, NY, several nieces and nephews, Keith’s children, Mechia (Jim) Williams, Tonya Bryan, Kyle Alcombrack, Keith’s grandchildren, Nathan, Abigail and Katie Williams, Brook Rogers, Danielle and Janelle Alcombrack.
  Calling hours will be Monday, May 16, 2016, from 4-7pm at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 10 am at St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida, 1350 Orange Ave., #227, Winter Park, FL 32789, www.hemophiliaflorida.org. Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com

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Condolences to the Berkman family.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family.  Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.”  May God bring you comfort and peace.

By Williams Family on 06 15, 2016


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My thoughts & prayers are with her family & friends.  Donna & I were childhood friends & went to school together.  We lost touch as we made our own lives.  We just re-connected on Facebook not too long ago.  I know she will be missed my many

By Janice Ives Hall on 05 21, 2016


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I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Donna was a good friend. I remember the fun times we had together.

By Joan Randall on 05 18, 2016


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From “Da Burgh”...Donna was an amazing and wonderful person who cared about every person that she met… Even strangers felt her concern and compassion.  Donna humanized everyone & made them feel special & important. She esp. loved her grand-children & worried like a super-mom about all of them and her sons.  She was the BEST worrier in the world… and I loved her..our dog adored her.. my neighbors love her.. She has left a lasting impression & example of compassion.  This world is less now. Donna, we will meet and talk again one day…and smile…Love, Marion

By Marion Bragdon on 05 17, 2016


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My condolences to the Berkman family for you loss.  My prayer’s are with you.
Larry

By Larry Englisby on 05 17, 2016


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My Prayers & Thoughts are with the family at this sad time. Donna was a great friend growing up, and my heart breaks for her family. Just remember all the good memories each and everyone you had with her. She will be missed by everyone. Andrea & Bill

By Andrea (Scudera) Decillis on 05 16, 2016


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I will not forget meeting Donna at breakfast with Justin and Mike.  I can see a lot her in both of them.  Loved her personality and I feel lucky to have met her.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anya and Bruce Price

By Bruce Price on 05 16, 2016


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I was so sorry to learn of this.  I worked with Donna for a short time several years ago and she was such a wonderful person with a vibrant personality.  She loved her children and grandchildren with all of her heart and soul.  May you find comfort in that, in time.

By Ellie Minnick on 05 16, 2016


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  We are so sorry for your loss.  Donna was a great person and will be missed in this world by many.  You have alot of happy memories that will help you get through this time now and will make you smile as you think about her till the end of your time.

By Flossy & Bill Haley on 05 16, 2016


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I am so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I babysat for both her boys when they were younger and she was always so kind and wonderful to me. May you find peace in all your memories of your mom and may time heal your heart.

By Dolores Ferringo LaGorga on 05 15, 2016


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I had the pleasure of meeting Donnas mom and I believe her niece yesterday at my job,(jcpennys), helping her get a outfit,wonderful ladies I must say❤️,sending my heartfelt sympathies to her mom and family,rip Donna ❤️

By Connie Recor on 05 15, 2016


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Mike, Justin and Families:
I am so sorry to hear about your mother.  She was a caring and loving individual who took care of all the kids on the block as if they were her own. 
So many any fond memories.  May she rest in peace.

Dave Howard and Family.

By David Howard on 05 14, 2016


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To the family of Donna ,
    So very sorry for your loss .
Hoping your loving memories of her help you through this extremely difficult time .

By Kathy Greene Boyanski on 05 14, 2016


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Keith and family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Donna was a delightful woman and will be missed.  Take comfort in knowing that she will always be in your hearts.

By Barb and Sandy Savko on 05 14, 2016


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I am sad and sorry to learn of Donna’s passing.  Please accept and share my condolences with your family and friends.

M.E. “Pat” Berkman

By Morland "Pat" Berkman on 05 13, 2016


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We are so sorry for your loss.  Please know that you are all in our prayers.  Much love, Rose Mary & Carm

By Carmen & Rose Mary Scudera on 05 13, 2016


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Donna was part of my life.  She was always so thoughtful..we had many good times going to car shows, movies, trips, dinners, holidays, Keith many projects ..on and on.  But most of all she was a wonderful cook…yummy meals which I will miss.  She was very pleasant to be with and just so accommodating..gosh I am going to miss her.  Rest in peace SWEET Donna…

By JUDY ALCOMBRACK STREAM on 05 13, 2016


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To Keith and all of Donna’s family,
Joe and I had the pleasure of knowing Donna for the past 8 years and were always struck by her kind disposition, her great sense of humor and her love of her children and grandchildren. (My dogs always looked forward to seeing her as she was so sweet with them!)
We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that we are keeping you all in our prayers.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Lara Guest and Joe Milne
Salem Ohio

By Lara Guest on 05 13, 2016


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May yourest in peace, Donna.From afellow class of 1970 Pete ####

By pete dick on 05 13, 2016


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Aunt Gina,

My thoughts, love,  and prayers are with you and the entire family!  Donna was a beautiful person, and she will be missed.

By Nikki Heise on 05 13, 2016


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Mike and Justin,
Your mom was the most wonderful babysitter for my children Bethany, Maria and Kenny Hamel for years. I cannot express the sadness I am feeling at your loss. As children we do not always see another side of our parents, but let me express to you mine about your Mom. She was kind, full of laughter (which was contagious!), patient with all the children, and nurturing. I could walk away knowing my children would be loved, looked after and overall cared for.  She was my friend during those many years and a mentor I could turn to for advice.  I cannot express the hundreds of memories she left to me and my children.

By Mary Anne (Hamel) Vaughn on 05 13, 2016


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Donna and I go way back to 1977 when we worked together at SE Nichols Dept store. She was a great friend and co-worker. We had so much fun together.
I am very sad to heard of her passing.You are in my prayer. RIP

By Ilene Keruskie Nutting on 05 13, 2016


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Donna was a beautiful person inside and out. She was always positive and fun to be around. R. I. P. to a great lady.

By Mike and Deb Donovan on 05 13, 2016


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May Donna’s family and friends be comforted by God’s promise to “swallow up death forever, and wipe away every tear from all faces”. (Isaiah 25:8) Remembering too the promise of the Resurrection hope for both the Unrighteous and Righteous. (Act 24:15)

By Helen West on 05 13, 2016


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Rest in Peace Mrs Berkman you’re truly an angel God just needed at this moment to watch over all of us!! It hurts a lot when it is the best ones that he needs and that are taken to soon! We will miss you so much but I know you will be there with open arms one day when I walk through those gates! Love ya

By Brian Donovan on 05 13, 2016


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So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing, you’re in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time <3 See you soon.

By Tim and Patti Farrell on 05 12, 2016


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RIP Donna Remember you from school…

By Howard C. Schnettler Jr. on 05 12, 2016


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Our hearts are so full of sadness at this time.Donna has her wings now but she left you all and her friends way to soon.Please know that we are thinking of all of you at this sad time in your life and she love you more then you could ever imagine.

By Pat and Diana Finn on 05 12, 2016


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