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David T. Ferguson Funeral Home

20 North Street, Washingtonville, NY

OBITUARY

Donald J. Rist

29 September, 194821 January, 2020
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Donald J. Rist, 71 of Washingtonville, NY passed away surrounded by his family on January 21, 2020. He was born in Suffern, NY on September 29, 1948 to Margaret and James F. Rist, Sr.

He graduated from North Rockland High School and went on to serve in the United States Navy from 1968 – 1971 and then served 2 years in the Navy Reserves until 1973. After receiving an honorable discharge, he went on to work for Orange and Rockland Utilities for 30 years.

He married Andrea Flescher on May 6, 1973. They moved to Washingtonville in 1978 where they raised their 2 children.

He is survived by his wife at home, his daughters, Donna Thom and her husband Shawn, Lori-Ann Pentz and her husband William. Nine grandchildren. Christina Pentz, Kylie Thom, Emily Pentz, Neil Coyne, Austin Thom, Caitlyn Coyne, Marissa Watroba, Jason Thom and Hanna Watroba. He is also survived by his sister, Delores Tiner, his brother and sister-in-law, Martin and Annemarie Rist who both still reside in Rockland County. Donald is also survived by many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Donald is predeceased by his parents, his brother James F. Rist, Jr., and his wife Jean and his other brother Thomas Rist and brother in-law, Louis Tiner.

Services will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at David T. Ferguson Funeral Home in Washingtonville, NY. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at St. Mary’s R.C. Church. Burial to follow at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Goshen, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Shriners Hospital in Donald’s name.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, 27 January , 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, 28 January , 2020
  • Burial Following Funeral Mass Tuesday, 28 January , 2020

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Donna Thom

23 January 2020

Oh... Dad... you could be a hard ass for sure. But Lori and I also knew who to go to to get something. 😂. As long as it didn’t include boys. You showed us hard work and determination and how to change the oil on a tractor! I am independent because of you. And greatful. At times I thought it was rough, but as a Mom, I understand, and I think our relationship revolved because of that. I know you’re with me.... ALWAYS.... I love you.

Karen Petrera-Zambrano

23 January 2020

I met Donny in my youth when I was hanging out with his future sister in law Liz. He always made us laugh with his faces, noises and corny jokes. He was quick to tease us and every now and then take us for a ride in his car to get ice cream or run an errand. It has been many years since I've seen him but was very saddened by this news. Much love to Andrea and the girls( who by the way were little girls last time I saw them) and rest in peace Donny. Im sure the Angels are already laughing😊

Elizabeth Flescher

22 January 2020

I met Don when I was about 13 yrs old. When he started to date my sister Andrea.
He always made me smile and laugh.
He was a hard working man.
And always made sure that he provided for his family.
I loved him very much and will miss him but he will always be in my heart.

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