Daniel Michael Dolla, of Monocacy Station and Shade Gap, died at his home Saturday, after striving against advanced-stage cancer for five years with his unique wholesome lifestyle, tremendous attitude and the use of modern medical technology.
Born at home in Kenilworth, Christmas Day, 1933, the son of the late Stephen Dolla and Anna (Chaback) Dolla Burkhart, Daniel was raised in Pottstown, Limerick and Stowe, a member of the Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Church. Daniel resided with his wife and children for 13 years in Pottstown, then 38 years in Monocacy Station.
Loving husband of Shirley (Shaner) Dolla, the couple celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2009. Surviving with his wife are his five children, Susan Barbary, wife of John A., of Shanesville, Christine Elliott, wife of Mark A., of Douglassville, Diane Chernaskey, wife of Raymond J., of Gilbertsville, Daniel Michael Jr., husband of Amy Schuler of St. Lawrence, and Donald Michael, of Douglassville, and six grandchildren.
Also surviving are sisters Catherine Yashin, of New Hope, Genevieve DePaoli of Royersford, Mary Koss, of Pottstown, Doris Moser, of Gilbertsville, and brothers, Stephen of Boyertown, and Harry of Easton. Daniel was predeceased by infant brother Frederick, and brothers Michael and John.
Daniel was a self-employed painter and wallpaper hanger, serving his tri-county clientele for 42 years. Previously he had been employed by Stanley G. Flagg, Inc. and as a young man had worked on local rail-line construction for the Reading Rail Road, prior to entering the U. S. Navy, serving as a Petty Officer 3rd Class Boiler Tech aboard the USS Neosha.
A lover of the natural world and its resources, Dan’s hobbies included construction of cedar and wooden canoes and hand-dovetailed furniture, mainly using hand tools. He nearly single-handedly constructed a rustic home in Shade Gap, PA to share with his family, made of stone and wood materials harvested from the mountain area. Daniel enjoyed canoeing, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and the harvesting of wild nuts and berries. He followed a very conservative lifestyle, and enjoyed his friends and his family, of whom he was intensely proud. He will be missed by all who knew him well.
A lifetime member of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, Amity Heritage Society, and American Legion of Birdsboro, Dan particularly shared of his time and talent by donating handmade items for charity auctions and demonstrations such as Corvettes for Kids, Boyertown, and Canal Days, Shade Gap.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, with Fr. Jason Franchak officiating. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories. Family and friends may call on Thursday from 7:00PM to 8:30PM and on Friday from 10:00Am to 10:45Am at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Church, Mervine Street and Feist Avenue, Pottstown, PA 19464 or American Cancer Society, Berks Unit, P.O. Box 15066, Reading, PA 19612-5066.