Obituary of Donna J. Lawler
Donna Jean Lawler, 81, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2023 at The Commons on St. Anthony. A native of Newark, NY, she was the daughter of Carlton A. and Clara Morgan Pulver. Donna was a graduate of Newark High School. She married her devoted and loving husband, James W. Lawler, Jr. on October 12, 1962. They enjoyed Sixty years of happiness together. For over fifty years Donna was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, and a loyal volunteer. She attended Daily Mass as her health permitted, was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, and was Co-Chair of the Election Day Bake Sale at Owasco Town Hall for over twenty five years. A loving mother, she was active in her daughters' activities at Sacred Heart and Blessed Trinity Schools, Girl Scouts, and all the events they had participated in. For the past forty years she was, until recently, a weekly bowler at local bowling alleys including the Falcon Lanes. She always looked forward to seeing her many friends and making new ones as well. Donna had been a twenty-five year plus volunteer at Auburn Community Hospital. Her fondness for cooking and baking was a true passion. She shared much with anyone in need. Her kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness was a gift to so many. In the summer she enjoyed picking fresh fruits and vegetables, always canning and freezing her harvest. Always ready for a car ride, Donna was fond of visiting the slot machines in CT, NJ, and NY. Surviving are her husband, James W. Lawler, Jr.; three daughters: Michelle A. Lawler, Hamden, CT, Maureen E. Lawler, Parsippany, NJ, Marlene (Maggie) M. Juliano, Liverpool, NY; grandchildren: Michael J. Burke, Jr., Oswego, NY, Katie I. Besaw (Nick), Baldwinsville, NY; three great-grandchildren: Bella Faye, Madilyn Mae and Kylie Kae; a sister, Dorothy Duncan; and a brother, Ronald Pulver who pre-deceased her. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, February 17, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church with Reverend Michael Brown, as Celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Farrell's Funeral Service, Inc., 84 South Street, Auburn NY. Donna's family wishes to thank their neighbors, the First Responders at Owasco Fire Department and AMR; the Staff at Auburn Community Hospital and staff The Commons for all the kindnesses over the past eighteen months plus. Donations in her memory may be remembered to either Sacred Heart Church or the Owasco Fire Department.