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Dona D. Oviatt

December 4, 1930 ~ June 5, 2022 (age 91) 91 Years Old


Dona D. Oviatt, 91, of Lewisburg PA, formerly of Coudersport, PA passed away June 5, 2022 at the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg. She was born December 4, 1930 in Falls Creek, PA, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Doris (Love) Daugherty.  Dona married Morris W. Oviatt on June 20th 1953 and celebrated 54 years of marriage until his passing on January 4, 2008. 

Dona was a 1948 graduate of Smethport High School and graduated from Clarion University in 1952. She was a teacher in the Coudersport School District for 35 years retiring in 1993.

Dona and her husband Mo were avid Penn State football fans and tailgaters, traveling to both home and away games.  Even after Mo’s death Dona continued to travel to games with Penn State friends that she had made through the years. When Dona wasn’t cheering for her Nittany Lions she was routing for her Pittsburgh Pirates. Dona also loved getting together with the C.L.O.W.N.’s (Clarion Ladies of Wild Nostalgic Nights) for annual events.

Dona was a Sunday School Teacher, participated in the Ladies’ Circle and was a member of the Coudersport Park United Methodist Choir for over 50 years.

Dona was active in the community as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, as a poll worker during elections, as an Ambulance Volunteer Crew Member and was a Docent for the local Historical Society. She was also a member of the Coudersport Golf Club and New Century Club.

Dona’s former students still remember her famous quotes, “A word to the wise is sufficient.” and “It is better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it” even though it has been close to 45 years since having her as their teacher in Fifth Grade.

Dona is survived by her three daughters, Pam (Tim) McCune of Youngwood, Marsha (Tim) Knoster of Lewisburg, and Paula (Steve) Sevinsky of Coudersport; seven grandchildren, Kalie (John) Oliver, Erikka Long, Rebecca (Rich) Hayden, Rachel McCune, Megan Knoster, Kevin (Lisa) Knoster and Kelsey Knoster, 5 great grandchildren, Kennadie Maurer, Gage Maurer, Miles Hayden, Emmitt Hayden and Zeppelyn Porter. And many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and her brother Barkley Bishop Daugherty.

A private burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery, Smethport,PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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