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Obituary of Donna A. Crannell


Donna A. Crannell, 78, of Dresserville Road, Sempronius, passed away on November 20, 2023.


A lifelong area resident, Donna was born May 14, 1945, a daughter of the late Harold and Daisy Sebring Lyon.

She was employed for several years at Smith Corona and retired from the Cortland Regional Medical Center, where she worked for many years in housekeeping and the cafeteria.

Donna enjoyed watching sports, especially Syracuse basketball and football, the NY Giants and NY Yankees.

Surviving are her two loving daughters, Robin (Nicholas) Giamei of Homer and Dawn (Roger) DeWitt of Sempronius; six grandchildren, Sarah (Patrick) Bouton; Duane (Bethany) Hill, Jr.; Emily (Scott) Holcomb; Brett (Stephanie) DeWitt; Ryan DeWitt; and Mathew (Kayla) DeWitt as well as five great grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings, Ed Lyon of North Carolina; Sandra (Terry) Wheeler of Moravia; Cathy (Douglas) Thilburg of Florida and Sally Crotwell of Moravia; her faithful dog, Sparky and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Donna was predeceased by her husband, Robert D. Crannell in 2001 and her grandson, Alex DeWitt in 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2023 at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 US Route 11, Homer. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment in Sand Hill Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Crannell’s name may be directed to the Sempronius Fire Department, 2284 Sate Route 41A, Moravia, NY 13118.

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