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September 27, 1946 ~ November 18, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Donna LaBruyere Vrhel, 77, of Dallas, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2023 in Kingston Rehabilitation, Kingston.
Born in Pearl River, NY, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Ruth LaBruyere and was employed by Luzerne County Children and Youth, a job she truly loved and was passionate about. She was known by her colleagues as being a wealth of knowledge and an amazing mentor with a memory like no other. She was also known for her staple "the PURPLE pen" as well as her 1st of May phone calls. Donna was also known for being a diehard Notre Dame fan.
After retiring from Children and Youth she was sworn into C.A.S.A as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in 2013. She selflessly continued to dedicate her time into advocating and being a voice for children and families throughout Luzerne County.
For those that knew Donna, knew that her true passion in life was her family, especially her 7 grandchildren, who she absolutely cherished and referred to as her "grand-peeps". She also enjoyed going out to eat with her friends and co-workers, especially during "Bacon Week". She will always be remembered for being a strong, loving and compassionate person. And also for her ability to "tell it like it is". If you knew her, you knew.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eric Vrhel Sr. and brother John (Jack) LaBruyere.
She is survived by her son Roger Vrhel, son Andrew Vrhel and Daughter in Law Marisa Vrhel, Daughter Renee Vrhel and fiancé Ryan Wojtowicz, 7 Grand-peeps Alexandra, Jocelyn, Juliana, Lila, Carson, Addalynn and Logan.
Donna's wishes were to have no public services.
Arrangements under the direction of the Andrew Strish Funeral Home, Larksville.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to C.A.S.A @ https://luzernecasa.org/