Donald J. Zurenda Sr.

Born: Sun., Jan. 26, 1936
Died: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Feb. 21, 2020
Location: St. Anthony of Padua Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Feb. 21, 2020
Location: St. Anthony of Padua Church

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Donald J. Zurenda, Sr., 84, of Exeter, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital following a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Donald was born in Wilkes-Barre in 1934, the son of the late Joseph and Bertha Dokas Zurenda. Donald graduated from the Admiral Farragut Academy and went on to attend the University of Scranton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Ann Oliveri Zurenda; sons Donald Jr. and Gary; daughters Marianne, Lydia and husband Ted Charney, and Carina and husband Bruce Magida. Donald was blessed with eight grandchildren, Joseph Zurenda; Hope, Madelyn and Ethan Charney; Dante and Wife Cynthia; Gwyneth, Ella and Alana Magida; great grandchildren Raelyn, Dante Zurenda. Sisters Carol Morgan and Mary Annette and husband Jim Phillips. Also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his brother in law Joseph Morgan.

Donald was a member of St. Barbara’s Parish, Exeter, PA and attained the rank of Fourth Degree as a member of the Knight of Columbus. Donald was a master plumber and pipefitter with Local 524 for more than 50 years. He was the founder and President of U.S. Seal, Inc., Wyoming, PA.

There will be A Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 am on Friday, 2/21 at St. Barbara’s Parish, 224 Memorial St., Exeter. The Rev. Joseph Sibilano, will be celebrant.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation on Friday from 10 am - 11am at the church prior to the Mass. To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Donald Zurenda may be directed to support the pancreatic cancer research of Dr. Lei Zheng at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Donald Zurenda to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202.

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Sharon and Jimmy Kamies
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
Dear Mary and family,
We were very sad to hear the news of the passing of Donny. Our prayers are with you for strength in the coming days and weeks ahead. He was a wonderful man and great to be around as he had a good sense of humor.
I have many fond memories of our times together growing up. We (Jeff, Scott, and Holly) always had are heads looking down the road when we knew that you all were coming for a visit to the shore or when we came to visit in Exeter. I send my love and kisses to all as I won't be able to be there at this time of sorrow.
Love always,
Sharon Winn and Jimmy

joe nardone
   Posted Sat February 22, 2020
Gary and Family...My deepest condolences to you and your family.

   Posted Fri March 13, 2020
To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

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