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July 31, 1933 — January 30, 2024

Galeton, PA

Donna J. SCHOTT, 90, of Galeton, PA, passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior Tuesday, January 30, 2024 in her home surrounded by love.  

Born July 31, 1933, in Galeton, she was the daughter of Raymond Dean and Leah Rukgaber Connelly.  She was a graduate of Galeton Area High School where she was described with a one-word description “argumentative” and Clown College which launched a much loved spree of parades, balloons and laughs with her beloved Bang Bang.  Donna was a lifelong resident of Galeton, where she devoted herself to family and community.  On June 3, 1956, in the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton, she married James W. Schott, who predeceased her on January 5, 1992.  Donna was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Galeton, Order of the Eastern Star, serving as secretary, Past President of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Poco Clowns, Gaines Kitchen Band, Galetones, and BandAid.  She served as the first manager of the Galeton Senior Center for the Area Agency on Aging.  Donna also served as a school playground monitor and Boy Scouts of America den mother.

Surviving are: four sons, James (Diane) Schott II of Wyncote, Richard Dean (Charlene) Schott of South San Francisco, CA, Jon Daniel (Brenda) Schott of Galeton, and Ryan Matthew (Stephanie) Schott of Galeton; seven grandchildren, James III, Kannon, Connie, Kimberlee, Jennifer, Mikayla, and Makenna; twelve great-grandchildren; a sister, Luanna Anderson of Galeton; two sisters-in-law, Ella Connelly of Wellsboro and Hazel Schott of Grants Pass, OR; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by five siblings, Raebelle Connelly, Alice Connelly, Raymond Gale Connelly, Keith C. Connelly, and Faye Shelley.  

The family will have a private memorial service and ask that memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Goodyear Hose Company in Galeton in lieu of flowers.  

Cremation was at OLNEY-FOUST Private Crematory.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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