Brenda Kathleen Damaska

Brenda Kathleen Damaska

May 15, 1945 - December 04, 2020
Chippewa Township

Brenda Kathleen Damaska

May 15, 1945 - December 04, 2020
Chippewa Township


Brenda Kathleen “Kathy” Damaska, 75, of Chippewa Twp., passed away peacefully on Friday December 4th, 2020.  Our hearts are heavy, but we know she has a special place in heaven and she will walk beside us everyday. Kathy was the best at everything she did – the best wife, best mom and grandma, best sister and best friend.  She always filled the room with her infectious laughter, and had a kindness and generosity like no other.

Kathy was born on May 15, 1945 in Wheeling, WV to the late Roy and Mildred (Bumgardner) Snyder and was raised on the farmlands of Ohio. She graduated from Cadiz high school, earned an associates degree in business, worked for multiple companies as an administrative assistant, and ended her career after many years at Bayer Corp.

She met Jack while he was playing baseball in Columbus, Ohio and spent many years traveling with him, until they eventually settled in Beaver Falls.

More than anything, Kathy loved spending time with family and friends. She loved to cook, play cards and bingo, paint, fish, and watch baseball with Jack. She was always helping others and was a loyal, active, and long-time member of the Chippewa United Methodist Church. She touched so many lives and will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. 

Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Jack Lloyd Damaska; two daughters, Jill Damaska and Joy (Bill) Weaver; a son, Dirk (Lisa) Damaska; four grandchildren, Madison and Mason Weaver and Dax and Luna Damaska; three sisters, Miriam (Lynn) Workley, Karen Swelbar and Nila (Allen) Swallie and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Donald (Jane) Milliken, and a grandson, Michael Weaver.

Details of a celebration of life ceremony will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a go fund me page, and donations can be made using the following link: (see link below under "Donations")

Arrangement were entrusted to Gabauer Funeral Home -1133 Penn Ave, New Brighton

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4 responses to Brenda Kathleen Damaska

  1. To the family of Kathy, I was friends with the Snyder family most of my life. Our mothers were friends and visited as often as possible. Miriam and I were classmates at Cadiz High School. Kathy was younger than me but I remember her so well. Kathy was always so friendly, kind and caring to everyone and had a great laugh and seemingly when the opportunity afforded itself she went out of her way to talk to me. To my lasting friends Miriam and Karen, I am so sorry. I know for certain that all of you all knew Jesus Christ as your Savior and one day you will spend eternity together. The hardest part of healing is the part of “you” that went with Kathy. May God give you strength as you experience the painful times of your separation on this earth. I have found that grief is actually a deep love you want to give, but you cannot. I love each of you very much.

  2. Amy Workley says:

    Aunt Kathy was a remarkable woman who always made me feel loved and welcome in her home. Her energy and her personality made her seem like some dynamic force of nature. She was always doing something for someone–for friends and family, or for the church, or for the community. I remember many conversations that touched on how in the world that woman managed to do everything that she did! Our family feels this loss on every level and will never be the same–but we will always be better because she was part of our lives.

  3. Joan Sturtz says:

    Such fond memories I have of Kathy and the whole family. These will be cheriished in my heart always. Prayers and blessings to all of you.

    Joan Sturtz

  4. Miriam and Nila,
    Just found out about Kathy. Cannot think of the right words to even begin to type here as to how this has pierced my heart. Another part of my childhood is now missing. Love to both of you.

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