Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus or to St. Jude Children's Hospital Midwest Affiliate.
Donna was born on May 10, 1918, in Wyoming, Ill., the daughter of Everett and Bessie Phenix Stagg. She married Wilbur F. Buskirik on Jan. 3, 1939, in Davenport, and he preceded her in death on May 2, 2009.
Donna graduated from Wyoming High School and while in her 20s played semi-pro softball. She was a homemaker and partnered with her husband, helping him on the farm. Donna and Wilbur enjoyed camping and made camping at the Erie Campground a favorite retirement pastime and in their early years also enjoyed dancing. She enjoyed attending class reunions, having coffee and cooking for her family and friends and especially was known for her homemade noodles and pies.
Survivors include a son, Allan (Glenna) Buskirk, Aledo; a daughter, Mary (Bill) Blazier, Decatur; six grandchildren, Lisa (Zig) Lemezis, Mike (Trisha) Blazier and Cheryl (Tom) Nuckolls, all of Decatur, Mark (Rochelle) Buskirk, Hampton, Marsha (Eric) Larson, Blue Grass, and Melissa (Jason) Schlickbernd, Urbandale, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Rachel (RJ) Brucker, Bloomington, Ill., Mandy Sanderfield, Mick Blazier, Tedi Blazier, Joel Nuckolls and Brett Nuckolls, all of Decatur, Ryan Buskirk, Hampton, Blake Larson, Blue Grass, and Will and Allie Schlickbernd, both of Urbandale; and three great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters; and a brother.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude and offer a special thank you to Jo, Evia and Ashley with Passages Hospice and to the entire staff of the Lincoln Rehabilitation Center.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
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