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Donna F. Miller

July 19, 1929 — March 29, 2023


Donna F. Miller, 93, of Syracuse, passed away peacefully on Tuesday. Born in Oswego in 1929, she moved to Syracuse to attend the Syracuse General Hospital School of Nursing. Donna graduated as a member of the Class of 1950 and received her license to practice in 1951. She retained her nursing license all her life. Donna worked for her husband as an assistant office manager for his medical practice. A proud member of the Oswego High School Glee Club and Town of Geddes Garden Club, she volunteered for the local school libraries and was also a Den Mother for Cub Scouts. Donna enjoyed sewing, knitting, and reading mystery novels.

A devout Christian, she was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church’s Mary's Circle group. Donna volunteered to take blood pressures at the Onondaga County Health Department Clinic as well as at satellite sites. She and her beloved husband enjoyed the symphony, Syracuse Stage, visiting Onondaga Lake, the Adirondacks, Beaver Lake, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, and birding. Donna’s greatest joy was being a mother and her love of family knew no bounds. Sunday dinners were a mandatory time for family to be together. Her door was always warmly open and welcoming to all who entered.

Donna was predeceased by her beloved husband of 66 years, Ronald in 2018; brother, Harold Fish; and granddaughter, Ashley Beth Gaines.

Surviving are her son, Ronald (Mary Beth) Miller of Liverpool; daughters, Beth (David) Toole of Rutherford, NJ, Melanie (David) Gaines of Bluffton, SC, Heather (Tracy) Dorgan of Kittery, ME, and Kimberly (Robert) Williams of Camillus; and eight grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may call Friday, March 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 5108 W. Genesee St., Camillus.

Donna will be laid to rest in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Donna’s name to a charity of one’s choice.
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Friday, March 31, 2023

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Saturday, April 1, 2023

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