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Donald J. Shaftic Sr., 75, of New Castle passed away the morning of July 16, 2017, at Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Donald was born on Oct. 19, 1941, in New Castle. He was a son of the late Walter S. and Viola E. Frank Shaftic.
Mr. Shaftic was married to the former Delores Louise Rhodes. She survives at home. They were married for 53 wonderful years.
Donald was of the Christian faith.
Mr. Shaftic retired after 28 years of service as a bus washer at the New Castle Transit Authority.
Donald enjoyed going to old car shows and reading sports books. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. Donald loved watching his grandchildren and attending their baseball games.
In addition to his wife, Delores, he is survived by two children, Donald J. (Tammee) Shaftic Jr., and Crystal H. Kassi, both of New Castle; brother, Jerry P. (Karen) Shaftic of Doylestown, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jason A. Burkett, Megan D. (Vincent) Buckel, Austin J. (Brittany) Kassi, Christian H. Kassi and Brett M. Kassi, all of New Castle; and great-granddaughter, Chloe H. Kassi of New Castle.
Mr. Shaftic was preceded in death by his parents; son, Wayne A. Shaftic; brother, Walter S. Shaftic Jr.; two grandsons, Joseph M. and Joshua W. Shaftic; and a great-grandson, Hunter V. Buckel.
Following his wishes there will be no calling hours.
A funeral service will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wesley United Methodist Church. The Rev. William Levella, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Online obituary may be viewed or offered to the family by visiting nogafuneralhome.com.
Published on July 18, 2017
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