HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Regina C. Donnelly, 91, of Hermitage, passed away Thursday morning, September 8, 2022, in Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Donnelly was born July 19, 1931, in Sharon, the daughter of the late Francis and Carrie (Smith) Eberhardt.

She attended the former St. Joseph’s Parochial Grade School and was a 1949 graduate of Sharon High School. Throughout her youth, she played basketball for St. Joseph’s School and at the Buhl Club, both in Sharon. Later, Regina studied at the Sharon General Hospital School of Nursing and eventually received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

She was employed as a nurse at Sharon General Hospital. In 1969, Regina began her career as a school nurse for the Sharon City School District, retiring in 1997.

Her husband, Charles “Harpo” Donnelly, whom she married on May 9, 1953, passed away on November 10, 1995.

Regina was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Church, Sharon, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and on the Cemetery Committee. She and her husband were also active members of the Mercer County Cursillo Movement.

Regina was also a member of the Mercer County Genealogical Society and served numerous years as the society’s president.

An avid knitter, she loved making slippers, dish cloths and afghans. She also enjoyed gardening and reading biographies.

She is survived by three daughters, Paula Milkowski and her husband Francis “Fran,” Erie, Diane Eakin and her husband Ray, Hermitage, and Joanne McGarrity, Brookfield, Ohio; a son, Francis “Fran” Donnelly, Sharon; five grandchildren, Natalie (Derek) Votaw, Carrie and Patrick Milkowski, Melanie (Nate) Holstead, and Benjamin McGarrity; and four great-grandchildren, Vance, Avery and Ivy Votaw and Sophia Holstead.

In addition to her parents and husband, Regina was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Edward McGarrity; a grandson, Christopher Donnelly; and a great-grandson, Luke Holstead.

The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the Mercer County Genealogical Society, 11 North Sharpsville Ave., Sharon, PA 16146.

Calling hours will be 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2022 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State Street, Sharon.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2022 in St. Joseph’s Church, 79 Case Avenue, Sharon, with Rev. Thomas Whitman, pastor as celebrant.

Entombment will be in St. Rose Cemetery Mausoleum, Hermitage.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.

A television tribute will air Sunday, September 11 at the following approximate times: 8:58 a.m. on WKBN and 7:58 p.m. on FOX.