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Donald A. Cotchen, 90

February 13, 2021

Donald A. “Bookie” Cotchen, 90, of Lancaster, PA passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Seanor, PA to the late Josephine Ann (Gomulka) and Phillip Jacob Cotchen. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Robert, Stanley and Frederick. He is survived by his loving wife Eva/Evelyn A. (Chalan) Cotchen with whom he shared over 68 years of marriage; children: Donald A. Cotchen husband of Suzanne C. of Falls Church, VA, Carol L. Wiley wife of Patrick of Lancaster, Diane A. Jones wife of James of Lancaster, Marie E. Hughes wife of Chester of State College and Danny A. Cotchen husband of Christine B. of Lancaster; grandchildren: Phillip, Alexis wife of Michael Losasso, Aaron, Jennifer wife of Carsten Bishop, Timothy, Laura wife of Stephanie Seifrit, Michael David husband of Shawna, Allison wife of Joseph Simmers, Andrew, Daniel husband of Megan, Kevin fiancé of Ashley and Carly Rose; great- grandchildren: Jordan, Emily, Josephine, Anastasia, Lydia, Jackson and Bennett and Collette; step-grandchildren: Kelly and Christopher; and step-great grandchildren: Kaley, Christopher, Andrew, Zachary, Evangeline, Vivienne, and Elias.

Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church for over 40 years. Don graduated from Conemaugh Township High School in 1948. He was a devoted supporter of Lancaster Catholic High School sports and activities where his children and grandchildren attended. Don enjoyed attending the sporting events for all of his grandchildren. He was a Third-Degree Knight of Columbus, a proud veteran of the US Army and past president of American Legion Post 34. Don was a Staff Manager for the Prudential Insurance Company for over 30 years. He was an avid Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steeler fan and enjoyed fishing in Delaware. Most of all he cherished spending time with his family.

Family and friends will be received from 5PM until 7PM on Friday, February 19, 2021 at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 414 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10AM on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 501 E. Orange Street, Lancaster, PA 17602. The service will be live streamed on Don’s obituary at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home website. Link will show 15 minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery, Bausman, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Don’s memory may be made to Resurrection Catholic School, 501 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA or Lancaster Catholic High School, www.lchsyes.org.

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Condolences to the Family

March 14, 2021

Dear Dan and family,  We are so sorry to read this but know that your Father lived a full and wonderful life.  May he truly rest in peace.
Bruno & Sylvia Schmalhofer & family

February 20, 2021

What a beautiful service we watched online and felt your loss. It was so obvious how much he loved you all and devoted his life to you and to his community and church. We have fond memories of Don making us laugh and sharing his musical talents ‘if I were a rich man’. Indeed he was rich in your love and care for him. The video tribute was amazing -so many touching and special moments you shared with us and many we remember! It was clear how much he was proud of you all and you made his life so meaningful!
Margaret Kowalski and Family

February 20, 2021

To the entire Cotchen family – sorry I could not make the viewing last evening, but rest assured I watched the entire rembrance video and enjoyed it – I also watched the livestreaming video of the funeral mass today and was glad to see you all – I will keep Don and your entire family in my prayers so you can work through this most difficult time – take care – Jim Wiley

February 19, 2021

Don,
Condolences to you and your family on your loss.  
Kevin Neary

February 19, 2021

My sympathy to the family.  I don’t know if you will remember me.  I babysat for your children when you lived in Portage many many years ago.  Your kindness to me was never forgotten.
Anne Richardson Johnston

February 17, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to the family. We are so sorry for your loss.
Ann Marie and Jim Nealon

February 17, 2021

Condolences to the family.  May his Soul rest in peace.  Love, John and Sue Weismiller

February 17, 2021

We wish to express our sincere condolences to the entire Cotchen family . Respectfully , Ned & Kirsten Bishop

Visitation
Friday, February 19, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory
414 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
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Saturday, February 20, 2021
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501 East Orange Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
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