Donna R. Abt

June 5, 1923May 25, 2012

Donna R. Abt died May 25, 2012 at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights at age 88. Donna grew up in River Forest, IL. She graduated from Oak Park High School in 1941 where, she met her husband to be Karl W. Abt in their senior year. She then attended Beloit College in Beloit, WI where her parents and their extended family had also attended. Donna earned a BA in Government and was affiliated with the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Following college, Donna taught typing at a vocational school in the Chicago area. After reconnecting with Karl Abt, they were married on March 20, 1948 at the First Presbyterian Church in River Forest, IL. Donna was a homemaker and raised three children. Donna and Karl were active members of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights, IL for over 50 years. Donna was active in the Southminster Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship at church and P.E.O. She loved antiques and regularly attended an antique class. Donna and Karl lived in Arlington Heights, IL until the late 1990s and then moved to Rolling Meadows, IL for seven years before moving to Church Creek in 2007. Donna and Karl celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in March 2008. Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Karl; her brother, Morton Riess; her sister, Janet Brook; and her parents, Alice M. and Harry J. Riess. Donna is survived by her children, Christine Abt and David Abt of Arlington Heights, IL and Karen and David Clarbour of Elkhorn, WI.; her seven grandchildren, Stacy (Brennan) Kelly, Steve (Abby) Haack, Michelle Clarbour, Tim Clarbour, Evan Abt, Jared Abt, and Marisa Abt; two great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Dr. Helmut Abt; and sister-in-law, Bobbie Riess. The memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2012 at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 916 E. Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Southminster Presbyterian Church Deacon Fund.


  • Memorial Service Monday, June 4, 2012

Donna R. Abt

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Julie Riess

June 5, 2012

Dear Aunt Donna, I have so many memories growing up just five blocks apart throughout my childhood. 636 and 611! Sometimes it seemed as fluid as the neighborhood block party (especially once Karen and I could ride bikes!). The Riess family that grew up on Lathrop Street together is now together once again. May you be at loving peace with Dad and Aunt Janet, and Nana and Papa. With fondness and love, Julie

June 1, 2012

To the Family-
Offering my deepest condolences during this difficult time … 2 Thessalonians 3:16
“May the Lord of peace himself give you peace constantly in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”

Sarah Jane Moore

May 30, 2012

Dear Chris, Stacy, Steve, and Family, Your mother and grandmother was such a special lady. You have my deepest sympathy. We will surely miss her welcoming smile around Southminster.