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Donald R. Batiste Sr.

BATISTE--- Donald R. Sr., 80, Richland, passed away on August 23, 2020. Born August 17, 1940, in Wilkes Barre, PA, son of Dominick and Marion (Hughes) Batiste. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by loving wife of 55 years, Janet (Imler), whom he married on June 5, 1965; children, Donald R. Batiste, and wife, Allison (Betz), Pittsburgh; Judy Thompson, and husband, Jim, Windber; and Eric Batiste, and wife, Sunshine (Miller), Duncansville; grandchildren, Caitlyn and Kiersten Batiste; Sarah and Emily Thompson; Kristopher Thompson and wife, Leah, and their children, Riley and Ella. Brother of Richard Batiste and wife, Ambra, Austin, TX; and Carol Kayworth, Fort Myers, FL. Also survived by special aunt, Mildred Hughes, Ship Bottom, NJ, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Donald held a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He taught chorus and music at Windber Area High School for over 30 years. He served the Lord by directing church choirs for many years. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Gardening was also something that he enjoyed. Private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Private entombment at Richland Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Oakland United Methodist Church, 1504 Bedford St., Johnstown, PA 15904. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Cremation by Laurel Highlands Crematory.

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I had Mr. Batiste 1969, 70, 71, and 72 for Chorus Class. I loved his class. As a test we were called up one at a time to Sing solo. And of course I was the first one he chose. I couldnt even open my mouth. He knew I couldnt sing alone. My voice would shake. Told me if I didnt try I would fail. Of course I didnt sing. And no I didnt fail. I couldnt get over the stage fright. You will be sorely missed.

Emma Grace Carillo Aug 26 2020 12:00 AM

Never ever could sing and I still can't. I wish that was a gift I was given. But Mr Battisti always included me it made me feel a part of his team. Mr Battisti really made me try and I thank you so much for that. Such a great man. May you rest in peace. Love and prayers to your family. Thank you for all your service to windber high school and the community. You will be missed.


Noreen Aug 26 2020 12:00 AM

Prayers of peace and comfort to the Batiste family at this sad time of the loss of your loved one. I remember Mr. Batiste as a great band leader for Windber High. My sympathy and condolences go out especially to his loving wife Janet [ to whom we were friends and classmates of 1962.] God bless each one, sincerely, Doris [Hiteshew] Adams.

Doris Adams Aug 26 2020 12:00 AM