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Updated: 11/23/2013 08:00:02AM

Donna A. Cogswell

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Donna Allison Cogswell, 69, of Nokomis, Fla., formerly of Edison, N.J., and Levittown, Pa., passed away at home with her family present Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. She was born March 16, 1944.

Donna is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ronald J. Cogswell; son Theodore S. Cogswell of Seattle, Wash.; son Andrew J. Cogswell; daughter-in-law Susanne Cogswell; grandson Andrew J. Cogswell Jr.; and granddaughter Kelly Cogswell, all of South River, N.J.

Donna was the daughter of Dr. John Donald Allison and Ruth Morgan Allison of Trenton and Whiting (Crestwood Village), N.J. Donna graduated from Division Ave High School in Levittown, N.Y. and Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Donna worked for L’Oreal Lancôme Cosmetics in Clark, N.J., and sold residential and commercial real estate at Charles Smith Agency, Century 21, Edison, N.J. She retired in June 2005 and moved with her husband to Nokomis, Fla., in December 2005.

Donna was the president of the Beta Chi Chapter (Venice, Fla.) of Phi Beta Psi Sorority, a national nonacademic charitable organization in cancer research; president of Laurel Woodlands Homeowners Association, Nokomis, Fla.; past membership chairman of Newcomers of Venice Alumni; past editor of the Newcomers of Venice newsletter; and a past Northeast Regional District director for Phi Chi Theta, a national women’s professional fraternity in Business.

Donna was a truly wonderful wife, loving mother and friend to many. She will be dearly missed.

Donna adored her grandchildren. Donna loved interacting with people, organizing events and participating in cancer fund drives.

Services: Celebration of Life Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18, at V.F.W. Post 8118, Venice, Fla. Burial will be at Sarasota National Cemetery at a date and time to be determined. To send condolences, visit:

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Beta Chi Chapter, Attn: Ann Shoup, 823 Carnoustie Drive, Venice FL 34293.