Donna Vagnoni, age
91, of Chesterton IN, passed away peacefully on March 17, 2020.
Donna is survived
by her daughter Nancy Grosholz (Ray), daughter Betty Weber (John),
son-in-law Danny Hendron (Debbie), her daughter-in-law Janet Keith (John);
many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, loved step-children, Michael
Vagnoni (Libby), Joni Smee (Ed), and Donna Bolin.
Donna is preceded
in death by her parents; her sister Joann Magrann; her beloved husband David
Vagnoni; her cherished son John Keith; her precious daughter Debra Hendron;
and Davidís daughter Marylyn Morales.
Donna was born on
November 11, 1928, to John and Lydia Ackerman of Iowa. At a young age they
moved to Minnesota, then relocated to Florida, where Donna grew up.
As a young adult
she married and relocated to Steger, IL, where she raised her family and
worked at St. James hospital for many years. Donna worked in the healthcare
field as a lab tech and phlebotomist.
In the late 1970's
Donna met the love of her life David Vagnoni. They married in 1979 and
started their lives together in Steger, IL, later moving to Florida. Donna
lost David in 1989, and relocated to Chesterton, IN, in 2006, to be near her
She made many
friends at the local YMCA. Donna loved to travel with friends. Donna also
played the organ, sew, and crochet. Donna taught us all how to forgive and
forget, how to love and how to be a family. In her final days her family
surrounded her, spending time with her telling old stories, about their
lives together. Telling her how much they loved her, holding her hands, and
comforting her. She taught us all how to practice faith and pray for
everyone, she taught us all how to die, gracefully and with dignity.
Donna is now united
with her husband Dave, if you listen, you can hear them dancing together.
Her legacy will be
remembered forever. Our beloved Mom, Gramma, Nana. We Love you!
We would like to
thank Addison Pointe Health & Rehabilitation Center and Dunes Hospice for
the care Donna received.
Services took place
at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home on March 21, 2020. Donna was laid to rest at
Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood, IL.