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Donna Vagnoni passes away peacefully at age 91

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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 family.

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.




Posted 4/13/2020




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