Donna Corell

Donna A. Corell

Sunday, October 31st, 1954 - Thursday, April 1st, 2021
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Donna A. Corell
October 31, 1954 – April 1, 2021
Donna A. Brennan Corell, 66, of Camillus, NY passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Donna was born in Albany, NY on October 31, 1954, daughter of Jane Keith Brennan and the late Thomas E. Brennan. She was a graduate of Marylrose Academy and State University of New York at Cobleskill. While at Cobleskill, Donna met her future husband, Gary Corell. They were married soon after, and made career moves to Fulton, NY, Green Bay, WI and Phoenix, Arizona over the years. Donna has lived most recently in Syracuse, NY and was able to enjoy spending time with her three beloved grandsons.
Two of Donna’s greatest joys in life were her sons, Eric, and Brian. She volunteered for their schools and made many wonderful friends in every city they lived in.
Donna has been a faithful member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and leaves behind many close friends in her church. She volunteered tirelessly for many years at schools connected to church, helping wherever needed. It brought her great joy, and she was well-loved by staff and students wherever she worked.
Donna was lovingly cared for in her final days by Hospice and the staff at Francis House in Syracuse. The family will be forever grateful to those who touched Donna’s heart in many ways.
Donna is survived by her mother, Jane Brennan of Voorheesville, Gary Corell of Arizona, her son, Eric Corell of Arizona, her son, Brian (Jenn) Corell and three loving grandsons, Halden, Merritt and Terran Corell of Syracuse. She is survived by her grieving sisters, Shannon Cummings, Debbie (John) Mahan, Monica (David) Rivenburg, and Noreen (Peter) Shunney. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. Donna was predeceased by her father, Thomas E. Brennan, her brother, Mark Brennan and brother-in-law, Charles Cummings.
A service to celebrate Donna’s life will be held at Westvale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2511 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 3 pm. Prior to the service, family and friends may visit at 2 pm. Masks and social distancing are required, and visitors are limited to 50 people at one time. The service will be available for viewing on “Westvale SDA Church” on the You Tube Channel.
Donna will be buried with family in Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, NY on April 24, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute in Donna’s name to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 18th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, April 18th, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Seventh Day Adventist Church
    2511 W. Genesee Street
    SYRACUSE, NY 13219
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, April 18th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, April 18th, 2021 3:00pm
    Seventh Day Adventist Church
    2511 W. Genesee Street
    SYRACUSE, NY 13219
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Nancy Peotter

Posted at 08:58pm
My sincere sympathy to all the family, friends, students, acquaintances all of whom hold a special memory and place in their heart for Donna. I don't remember the exact first meeting we had in Green Bay WI. at the SDA church there. I do remember that I had this large garden and had planted a lot of kale that I didn't know what to do with. You can eat just to much kale. Being a veggie gardener, I tried my best to harvest FRESH, so Sabbath morning I'd be chopping kale off fresh. Now you might think that's work that shouldn't be done on Sabbath. But it was a pleasure, a gift for Donna, and a present from the Lord. Upon inquiring what she could do with all this kale week after week, I learned that at that time there was little else she could eat. Also, kale freezes nicely.
We came to have friendship which built gradually.
The best gift from Donna was her straightforward thought process. She was a real person. We shared a similar level of understanding and honesty. Doesn't happen often that you can speak and search from the heart and not have to worry or try to guess if you might be in some way offending the other person. She was a support and resource through many difficult and major milestones of my life. Donna left for New York the season my husband received a 6 month of life prognosis. She introduced me to her friend Clyde Rusch and I took a picture of them together at church right before she left.. Turned out Clyde became a friend and resource for me after I was alone. He knew many scriptures, and we shared Donna as a treasured friend. Donna and I shared phone calls, shared and read testimony books and talked about them. Shared about church services, Bible verses, applications. Shared successes and failures. Shared lots of laughs, it's good to laugh. Shared the loss of Clyde when he died. Shared my walk of life changes and grief when my husband died.
I had no sisters, Donna had many. But she was willing to make me feel like a real sister . I am grateful for having Donna in my life and as a true friend. I am grateful to the Lord for creating us both and allowing us to support each other. I am grateful for Donna's family and all the many things good and difficult both that made her who she was. Sometimes I fail to give thanks and value to the hardest tests when, in reality, those are how I have learned the most, have grown the most. Sonner than we think, we will all see Donna again. Praise to our precious Lord. Nancy Peotter


Margaret Sloan

Posted at 09:24am
Donna and I became friends and "sisters in the Lord" in the Green Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was such a giving and caring person who possessed great faith and a servant's heart. Although she couldn't enjoy the food she prepared at fellowship dinners and for school hot lunches, she was there in the kitchen working away. She touched so many lives through her love for sewing. She made beautiful aprons to share with the women of the church, including matching aprons for my mom, sisters and I. I have a number of her creations that I cherish, each one different and so beautiful. I know that she enjoyed making dresses for those who had American Dolls. She gave in other ways, too, through her words of encouragement, her love, smile and genuine concern. She suggested the apartment buildings that I moved into after my husband left, which was a beautiful and peaceful area. While she was still living in Green Bay, I remember talking to her on my way to work in the mornings. She was well loved by many and it was hard for her to leave Green Bay, but it was harder to be so far away from her family and grandson, Halden, at the time. She knew that her time on this earth was limited due to her health conditions, so she felt extremely blessed to be near Brian and Jenn and to enjoy three grandsons. She marveled at God's goodness and faithfulness to her. She praised Him to her dying day. Her heart's desire was to spend eternity with each of her loved ones. I can't wait for that day when we're reunited once more and Donna can experience full health and eat from the Tree of Life. I will miss her! My deepest sympathies to all who loved her. Maggie Sloan

Linda Capristo

Posted at 06:17pm
I meet Donna almost 20 years ago. We had both moved to Wisconsin, Both native New Yorkers, our friendship was instantaneous and precious. Although our lives had taken us miles apart we always stayed in touch. Donna would text me pictures of her beautiful family which she was so proud of. We would call each other sometimes to just check in, make sure we were both doing ok. I will miss hearing Donna's voice, I will miss her warmth and friendship. The world, my world was a better place because of her.

James Pizzolanti

Posted at 01:25pm
I was Donna’s Medicare agent. I had the good fortune of meeting her just prior to her 65th birthday. Such a kind and good-hearted lady. I enjoyed our meetings and conversations. I have met many nice people over the last 7 years and Donna ranks there right at the top. I will miss her very much. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. Rest In Peace Donna.

Jim Pizzolanti
Naples, Fl

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