Tonawanda News


February 21, 2014

Donna L. Hanel

NORTH TONAWANDA — Donna L. Hanel (nee Lefler), age 80, of North Tonawanda, passed away at home February 19, 2014, following a brief illness, while under the care of Niagara Hospice.

Mrs. Hanel was born April 8, 1933 in the City of Tonawanda, daughter of the late Roy and Violet Lefler.

Donna graduated from the City of Tonawanda High School. She was a lifelong member of Salem United Church of Christ.

Mrs. Lefler worked for Jenss Twin Ton, Riviera Theater, Pepke Moll Dairy and Mezmers Dairy. She also was a landlord for many years.

Mrs. Hanel was predeceased by her husband, the late Maurice "Sarge" F. Hanel, who passed away in 2004.

Loving mother of Patricia (Andre) Pazik, Gary Hanel, Larry Hanel, all of North Tonawanda, and Robert (Karen) Hanel of Sanborn; devoted grandmother of Ronald (Kristin) Gniazdowski, Jennifer (Michael) Ensminger and Crystal (Jeff) Gasz; great- grandmother of Nathan, Colin, Ryan and Tyler; sister of Bonnie (John) Cirritto, late Sharon (late Jim) Meister, late Kenneth (Patricia) Lefler and late Richard (Karen) Lefler; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call Sunday 4 to 8 PM at the WATTENGEL Funeral Home, 307 Oliver St. N. Tonawanda, where funeral services will be held at 8:00 PM, the Rev. Jeremy Lopez officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Salem United Church of Christ or Niagara Hospice.

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