Donald P. Christoff


Donald P. Christoff, Sr., 89, of South Pymatuning Township, passed away Friday, June 7, 2019, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Mr. Christoff was born Jan. 26, 1930, in Sharon, a son of the late Vasil and Eva (Babinka) Christoff. He was a 1948 graduate of Farrell High School.
Following high school, Don served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was in the 5th Army Intelligence and was responsible for flying over areas and drawing maps.
He was employed in the plant protection department of Sharon Steel's former Farrell plant and retired in 1986.
Don was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hermitage.
He was someone who always needed to be doing something. He was very mechanical and could fix anything. One of his most prized pieces of work was a kidney dialysis machine. He was one of the pioneers of the dialysis machine and successfully built the second machine in the world, while his first wife was sick.
Don enjoyed traveling, collecting cars and being in the outdoors. He loved to hunt, boat and fish. He liked to go deep sea fishing and took many trips to Lake Erie walleye fishing.
Above all, he found most joy in family gatherings and looked forward to having everyone around the dinner table.
He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth "Arlene" Solida, whom he married June 12, 1971; a daughter, Elena C. Christoff, of Sharon; three sons, Donald P. Christoff Jr., of Scottsdale, Ariz., Richard T. Christoff and his wife, Tammy, and Joseph M. Christoff, all of Sharpsville; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Pauline Yurcich; a son, David John Christoff; and a brother, Walter Christoff.
The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3325 Morefield Rd., Hermitage, PA 16148.

Donald P. Sr., 89, of South Pymatuning Township.
Calling hours: From 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (6-12-19) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Service: Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday (6-13-19) in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hermitage, with the Rev. Gary Nelson, pastor, officiating. Military honors will be rendered by Wheatland, Farrell and West Middlesex honor guard.
Interment: Holy Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Hermitage.
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Linda DeVore
Jun 12, 2019
My heart goes out to you Elena & your family , Don will be missed!
Debbie Butler
Jun 12, 2019
Thank you for your service
Danielle & Elisue Dacruz
Jun 12, 2019
With Sympathy, Thinking of you in these difficult times and sending love.
Jun 12, 2019
I'm so sorry for your lost my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family Rest In Heavenly Peace 🙏🌹🦋😥
Jennifer Williamson
Jun 12, 2019
My loved Uncle Don ❤️ you will be missed dearly
Jennifer Williamson
Jun 12, 2019
My loved Uncle Don ❤️ you will be missed dearly.
Nancy Ayers
Jun 11, 2019
I've known this man since I was a small child. He was one of my father's best friends, an amazing man. I'll remember him always.
Paulette Harvey
Jun 10, 2019
Elena so sorry for your liss.