Donald E. Kagarise
August 10, 1928 November 11, 2021
Donald Kagarise, of Martinsburg, loving husband and father of three children, passed away on November 11, 2021, at the age of 93.
Don was born in Martinsburg, PA, the son of I. Harvey and Alice (Statler) Kagarise. He was a 1950 graduate of Juniata College and received his master’s degree from Penn State University in 1955. He married Corena Sollenberger on March 24, 1951, in Huntingdon, PA.
Following his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he began a career in teaching that would encompass nearly 35 years. Don retired in 1986 from Williamsburg High School, where he taught earth science, chemistry and physics for 31 years.
He was a lifelong and active member of the Church of the Brethren congregations in both Williamsburg and Altoona 28th Street, serving as the music director and devoting countless hours in support of many church activities.
When he was not meticulously attending to his yard and landscaping, he could be found creating elaborate dioramas and decorative items for church holiday celebrations and children’s Bible school.
Surviving are his loving wife of 70 years, his daughters Amy and Kristen (Steve), his son Todd (Regina), his grandson Warren and his brother, Kenneth.
In keeping with Don’s wishes, no services will be held. Those wishing to offer memorial contributions on Don’s behalf are encouraged to make a donation to the Homewood Martinsburg Benevolent Care program.
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