Obituary, Donna Marie Merritt

Donna Marie Merritt, 60, of Millbrook, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, CT. Donna worked as a Librarian and also as a Teacher’s Assistant at the Webutuck Central School District.

Born on July 12, 1962 in Poughkeepsie, NY, she was the daughter of the late George I. and Jean E. (Murphy) Knapp. On May 1, 1982, in Lagrangeville, NY she married Mark R. Merritt who survives at home. Donna was a devoted wife of 41 years; a loving mother and grandmother.

In addition to her loving husband, Donna is survived by two sons, Kenny Merritt and his wife, Ashley, of Amenia and Brian Merritt and his wife, Bailey, of Clinton Corners, NY. She is also survived by her siblings: Butch Knapp and his wife, Beverly, Sharon Garcia, Mary Swanson and her husband, Dick, Buddy Knapp and his wife, Gloria, Roxann Weeks and her husband, Bob, Debbie Love and her husband, Pete and Henry Knapp and his wife, Doreen. Donna was a beloved grandmother to Kaylee, Griffin and Ian Merritt. She is also survived by her father-in-law, Raymond Merritt of Millbrook, NY and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Donna was predeceased by a sister, Maureen Therrian and two brothers, Marvin and Billy Knapp.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2023 at the Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY. Funeral services will take place at 6:30 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Donna’s memory to: QUEST-Webutuck Fund for Excellence in Education, C/O Berkshire Taconic, Memorial Donations, 800 North Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257. For directions or to send the family a condolence, please visit

Author: Harlem Valley News