Former longtime Spring-Ford board member memorialized

LIMERICK — A moment of silence was held by the Spring-Ford Area School Board at the start of Monday night’s meeting in remembrance of longtime former board member Donna Williams.

Williams, 65, died Friday at Pottstown Memorial Center. She served on the school board between 1989 and 1997, then came back for a second round stretching from 2003 to 2011, serving as president for some of those years.

“Donna was a committed member of the community,” said current board President Joe Ciresi, who served on the board with Williams for six years during her second term. “We had our differences but that’s part of the process. She passed and I’m sorry to see that....she served the community for a long time.”

In addition to the school board, Williams also was one of the original members of Limerick’s open space committee, served as a member of the township’s building committee and was on the board advising on the township comprehensive plan, according to her obituary.

She’d also been elected the municipal leader of the Limerick Township Republican Committee by its members.

A minute-long moment of silence was held following the Pledge of Allegiance at the outset of Monday’s agenda.

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to pay our condolences to the Williams family,” Ciresi announced.

Following her final meeting as a board member, Williams explained why she spent so much time on the school board.

“Spring-Ford is all about kids,” said Williams. “I have been very humbled and very blessed to serve with many board members, too many to count, and no matter what, I think the common core was that we are for the kids.”

“She was very, very concerned, very diligent. She put a lot of time in. She put a lot of time in in committees,” said Bernard Pettit, a current board member who also served with Williams throughout her second term. “(She was) very hard-working. She made the commitment for a very long time.”

In her retirement from the board, Williams said she planned to read more.

“I like Tolkien,” she said. “I can read through him again and again.”

Williams, nee Carrig, is survived by her husband, William, her son, David Williams, her daughter, Kelly Hughes, and a granddaughter, Alexandra Williams.

Her funeral Mass was held Tuesday morning.

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