Donald M. Fleming

Born: Tue., Sep. 9, 1930
Died: Sat., May 23, 2020

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Donald Mark Fleming of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Saturday morning, May 23, 2020. He was 89 years old.  Don was born on September 9, 1930 in Trafford, Pennsylvania, son of the late Michael and Catherine Fleming. He served three years in the United States Army during the Korean War before his honorable discharge in January 1952. He married the love of his life, Esther (Millberg), in July 1954 and they were married for 63 years.  After leaving the military, he and his wife owned and operated Fleming’s Superette, a butcher and grocery shop in Pitcairn, for more than 30 years.  In the late 1960’s, when supermarkets threatened his business, Don researched sausage and kolbassi recipes at the Carnegie Library and developed his own unique recipes.  Fleming’s Superette kolbassi and Pitcairn Smokies were distributed throughout the United States, and he was known locally as the Kolbassi King.  After a fire destroyed the business, Don became a tax preparer, first working for H&R Block before establishing his own independent business, helping clients until his final days.  Don was an active member of the American Legion Post 711 serving as the Post Commander for many years.  Don savored his time recognizing fellow veterans, especially on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.  He was a member and Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, Manordale Valley Council, 4226.  He represented both of these organizations, presenting leadership awards and interacting with local 8 th Grade students.  More than anything else, Don was a great PapPap who enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.  He loved to take them fishing, go to the beach and spend Sundays watching Steelers games with them.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Fleming, parents, brothers Jim and Bill, and his beloved dogs, Gypsy, Nikki, and Mollie.  Don is survived by his four children, Linda (Bob Mitchell) Fleming, of Murrysville, Kimberly (David) Whiteman, of Delmont, Denise (Michael) Soisson, of Mechanicsburg, and Mark (Amy Pickard) Fleming, of Murrysville; 11 grandchildren, Drew, Alex, Megan, Dan, Cory, Becky, Bridgette, Chrissy, Joni, Nick, and Suzy; and many nieces and nephews.  Funeral services for Don will be private with his family.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, cards and notes sharing a memory may be sent to the Fleming Family at 3507 Mayer Drive, Murrysville, PA 15668.

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Michael Juliana
   Posted Tue May 26, 2020
Sincere sympathies to your family.

dennis hockenberry
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020
I offer my sincere condolences to the family of Don. He was truly one of the good guys in this world. Don gave me my first job at the market delivering groceries and working in the store. He taught me how to drive a stick to deliver the groceries in his old jeep commander. I also went with him to somewhere around Carnegie to pick up a used smoker. We picked it up in pieces and put it together in the basement of the store. I remember customers coming from near and far to buy his smoked meats after he got the smoker up and running. If someone was having a hard time with finances, he would run them a tab at the store. I never heard one person say a bad thing about him and he will truly be missed. A life well lived.

Judy, Sally and Linda Smyers
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020
Condolences from the Smyers family. Loved your Dad and your Mom. Knew them from the time we three girls were 3,6 and 9. Had a great sense of humor and I don’t think I ever saw a frown on his face. He always had something nice, and comical to say. As children,we would always get a cookie,of our choice, from him. Wonderful man who I believe I saw in 2007, when my mom passed away. He lived a good and kind life! May he Rest In Peace!🙏🏻

Robert Aker
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020
To all the Fleming Family
Sorry to hear the passing of Don
Prayers for all
Tears flowing from all the memories of the store were your family spent many years and a big part of my life.
My dad helping many times with the sausage and kobossa.
Myself helping stock shelfs as a kid for change and candy.
Irene and Beryl at the register.
Rest in Peace Mr. Fleming

Michelle (Mignogna) Rakow
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020
So many memories of living ‘up on the hill’ in Pitcairn and visiting Fleming’s market as a child. To this day when I smell someone smoking meat, I think of Flemings. That is a smell from my childhood that you could smell for blocks - it was so wonderful! We all loved going in and buying candy or picking up groceries for our parents. I can picture the aisles and the wooden floors in my mind with the deli counter in the back. What a surprise when I married my husband Mike Rakow, and I came to realize that his mother, Catherine Rakow, was Don’s cousin. I had fun seeing Don and Esther at family functions and telling them my childhood stories about their store. Don was always so nice to speak with and he will surely be missed.

Shelley Ross
   Posted Fri May 29, 2020
Thinking of you and sending love.

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