Donna Scimia

Donna Scimia

Friday, June 29th, 1956 Saturday, June 8th, 2019

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Obituary for Donna Marie Scimia

Donna Marie Scimia passed away after a brief illness on June 8, 2019, surrounded by family. Donna was a resident of Pleasantville, NY. She was born in White Plains on June 29, 1956. Beloved daughter of Carmine G. (deceased) and mother, Josephine M. (DelMarco) Scimia, she is the sibling of Valerie Scimia, Lorraine Scimia, Anthony (Meredith) Scimia and Joanne (Frank, Jr.) Ferri and a loving aunt to nieces Abigail and Madeline Ferri.
Donna was an independent woman who made the world a better place. After graduating SUNY Oneonta, Donna worked for the Westchester County District Attorney’s office assisting domestic violence victims. She later received her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and obtained a LCSW designation.
Donna spent many years working as a Corporate Employee Assistance Program Specialist. In that capacity, she spent many months in downtown Manhattan counseling those traumatized by the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. In 2006, she founded Scimia Consulting Group, Inc. through which she trained and counseled thousands on managing conflict in the workplace and developing better personal relationships. Donna had a unique ability to connect with those she trained. She always shared a piece of herself with those she worked with and encouraged many.
In 2010, Donna hosted a talk show on Pleasantville Community Television titled “Taming the Cubicle Jungle: Workplace Discussions That Make A Difference”. Her shows were popular and had thousands of additional views online. They can still be accessed on the PCTV website.
In her spare time, she enjoyed playing the saxophone, most recently with the Mount Pleasant Community Band. Throughout the years, she played with a variety of bands that often played at nursing homes and public events. She even wrote a book! Mad About The Ads was a riotous account of her dating adventures through personal ads. It never made it to publication, but she wrote it!

Donna was never afraid to “put herself out there”. She took chances and wasn’t afraid to fail, although, for her, failure wasn’t really an option. She loved her work and always wanted to be better at it. She visited the Pleasantville library (yes, library!) every month and researched constantly. And it worked. She was highly regarded and sought after in her field.

Donna was a generous person who gave of herself to family and friends. She always listened without judging and always gave sound advice and encouragement. She will live in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to: Career Closet, 30 South State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Services will be held at McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett, Thursday, June 13th, 4pm to 8pm. Catholic Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 920 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains NY 10605, Friday, June 14th 11am.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home Inc.
    491 Mamaroneck Ave.
    White Plains, New York
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    Thursday, June 13th, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Mass

    Friday, June 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Our Lady of Sorrows Church
    920 Mamaroneck Ave
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    Friday, June 14th, 2019

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Marie LeDonne

My deepest condolences to Donna's family and friends. I am proud to be related to such a brave, loving, and accomplished woman whose spirit touched so many lives.
Comment | Posted at 12:39pm via Condolence

Marie LeDonne

My deepest condolences to Donna's family and friends. I am proud to be related to such a brave, loving, and accomplished woman whose spirit touched so many lives.
Comment | Posted at 12:39pm via Condolence

Michele Beckhardt-Lada

Donna was a brilliant woman, driven, interested in all, extremely musically talented and a good friend. She had compassion, humor and an infectious laugh. So much fun to be with. I was always in awe of all here accomplishments, how she could do anything she put her mind to. So knowledgeable about people and business. Always expanding her horizons. And yet with all her inner strength she was a very spiritual being. She was a force to be reckoned with and a bright light in all the lives she touched. I and my family will truly miss you my dear sax playing friend. Love, Michele, David, Brian, Cameron Lada and Kathryn Rizzo
Comment | Posted at 09:32am via Condolence

Marc Seldin

When I first joined the Pleasantville FD Band in December of 1996, Donna made me feel very welcome with her warmth and great sense of humor. Her humor was infectious to everyone and made us all want to be a part of the band as a family. As we went on to form the Jump Start Big Band together, she was really the true founder of the group before four of us formed the sax section to launch her dream. She had a vision of great things and helped see it through. Donna, you will be sorely missed and I'm glad you had a chance to finally see us move on to becoming the Mount Pleasant Community Band and gain more performance opportunities. I know how excited you were at the prospects of the band's future! More importantly, you were a wonderful friend and human being, a great part of all of our lives, terrific musician and will be missed always.
May you rest in peace.
-Marc, Beth and Jeremy Seldin
Comment | Posted at 04:06pm via Condolence

Lauren Jeanne

Donna we always loved you visiting and spending time with us. You were a fun person Your presence brought life, light and friendship together always. May you Rest In Peace and prayers to your family.
Love Lauren Lorraine Jeff & Greg Kroutil
Comment | Posted at 02:28pm via Condolence

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