Age 87, of Venice, Florida, formerly of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2016.

Beloved wife of Joseph “Joe” for 62 years. Devoted mother of Barbara Rader, Dale, Nancy (Dan) Paternoster, Marilyn (Mark) Anibal, Joan (Mark) Mollon, Donald (Kelly), William (Cindy), Sandra (Ben) Manring, David (Roxann), and Robert (Tiffany). Proud grandmother of 32 and great-grandmother of 7. Sister of Burton (Emme) Bouwkamp and Patricia (Richard) Gilchrist. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Beatrice and William Bouwkamp, siblings Gerald and Hester, and granddaughter Rebekah Grace.

She attended First Baptist Church of Okemos and generously supported many charitable works. Throughout her life, she served the community in many capacities; Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout Leader, school volunteer, and working in the church kitchen.

Donna retired from the East Lansing Public Schools where she worked as an administrative assistant. During Donna’s retirement, she and Joe spent many happy years looking for shells and shark’s teeth on Caspersen Beach, entertaining family and friends at their Florida home, and swimming at the Country Club Estates pool. She was an avid reader. She enjoyed listening to hymns, playing cards, and watching old westerns.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, September 3, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Okemos, 4684 Marsh Rd., Okemos, MI. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Donna’s memory be directed to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing, 2216 South Cedar St., Lansing, Michigan 48910. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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    Marilyn and David McEvoy Says:

    Nancy, You and Dan and your family honor your parents beyond description! You inspire us. We never had the pleasure of meeting your mom, but have enjoyed the stories you have shared. Praying for comfort for all of you during this time.

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