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SOUTH DAYTON:  Donna M. Crowell, 73, of Route 322, South Dayton, died unexpectedly, Friday, October 22nd, 2021 at her residence.  She was born in Gowanda, on November 6, 1947, the daughter of the late Walter and Stevanna (Kota) Burek.

  Donna was a graduate of Gowanda High School, Class of 1965 and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Empire State College in 1997.  She also previously worked for the former Peter Cooper in Gowanda, was a stay at home mom, worked for 3 years as a Bookkeeper for Harry Austin Milling, Inc., South Dayton from 1986-1989 and from 1989-2009 she worked in the Collins & Gowanda Correctional Facilities as a Counselor.  Donna was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling and especially enjoyed her family and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.

  Survivors include a daughter, Michelle (Corey) Swanson, of Kennedy; a son, Eric (Julie) Crowell, of Fredonia; two sisters, Janice Putney-Bromley, Susan Burek-Sysol, two brothers, Dennis (Marley) Burek and Timothy (Susan) Burek.  Also surviving are grandchildren Cameron & Colin Crowell, step grandchildren Sidney, Brendon & Evan Swanson and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband of 49 years Terrance “Terry” C. Crowell, whom she married on November 6, 1971 and who died January 6, 2021.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Saturday, November 6th from 12 noon to 2 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held at 2 o’clock with Rev. Jennifer Delahoy, pastor of Kennedy United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to Kennedy Free Library, 649 2nd Street, PO Box 8, Kennedy, NY 14747.  To post condolences go to

6 Comments on Obituary Notice – Donna M. Crowell

  1. Judy Stolts Frost says:

    Michelle and Eric, I am so very sorry to hear about your mother passing. She and your father were great neighbors to my parents. I pray that the memories and stories you have about Donna and Terry will help you through this difficult time, it is true that it does get better. May the grace of God be with you.

  2. Mike Connors says:

    Donna was the smartest person I knew, she was kind, and wise. She helped so many people at work, it was not surprising to see a correction officer or other counselor in her office, seeking advice, from the pressures of the job or family life. I worked with Donna for over thirty years at Collins and Gowanda correctional facility. I had the opportunity a few years ago to tell her what she meant to me and thanked her for all her wise words, she was my friend and I will miss her.

  3. Thomas Kazmierczak says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of Donna, our first cousin. We always remember her as a kind and loving person. One of our fondest memories of Donna was when we went on a tour of Poland, which she enjoyed so much. We will miss her.
    Tom and Joan Kazmierczak

  4. Tom & Janie Waag says:

    We are sorry that we will not be able to attend the visiting hours as we will be at our granddaughter’s rugby game. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Marlene Nagel says:

    WE are so deeply sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She was such a great person and have fond memories of her and your dad in our younger years. We are keeping you and your families in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

  6. Marie Lambert says:

    My saddened heart goes out to the family and friends of my dear cousin, Donna Crowell. She and I shared a kinship, not only genetically, but in spirit: our love for books and reading, adventuresome travels, humor. She out surpassed me on all levels! Donna will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

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