East Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

1102 Airport Road, Bloomington, IL


Donna Lynn Reardon

September 4, 1948May 25, 2020

Donna Lynn Reardon, 71 of Bloomington passed away Monday May 25, 2020 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. She was born September 4, 1948 to Dale and Thelma (Kane) Winters in Minot, ND. She married Robert Reardon July 5, 1991 in Peoria, he preceded her in death. Donna is survived by her sons Scott (Edith) Nierstheimer, Jeff (Shawn) Nierstheimer, daughter Gail (Tony) Brown, and step-daughter Tina McCabe; eight grandchildren: Ashley, Alexandra, Justin, Jeremy, Alexis, Ashley, Corbin, and Cierra; sister Mary Bryant, two brothers Dan (Debbie) Winters and Bob (Cindy) Winters. She was preceded in death by her parents, and step-father Russ DeRosa. Donna worked at State Farm for 30 years with several years working as a Catastrophe Team Member. She enjoyed traveling, the beach, and watching the St. Louis Cardinals. The vast majority of her interests revolved around her being with her family and friends. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandma and friend. She will be deeply missed. Cremation rites have been accorded, East Lawn Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donna’s name to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Midwest Affiliate.


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Tammy Heffernan

June 3, 2020

I played bunco with Donna. She was always great to talk to and we made each other laugh. We would talk about how she made pies for Christmas or Thanksgiving. I remember saying how delicious I'm sure they were. Donna was such a sweet and caring person and I am proud to say I knew her and we were friends. My sincere condolences go out to Donna's family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

James Pine

May 31, 2020

I am wanna Donna step grandchildren. The thing I remembered most about gramma Donna was the fact she never looked at me as a step grandchild. She always looked at me as her grandson. I grew up with a very abusive father. And whenever we were over there to visit she always made me feel safe and protected me. I miss you and I will always love you grandma may you rest in peace...

Eric Nierstheimer

May 29, 2020

My relationship with Donna was always special. So special, that when my folks adopted me Aunt Donna said; "Come and get our bassinet! Jeff is into his crib and that new baby needs a place to sleep!" Let's just say I came on short notice for the folks. She and my Aunt Sue had a baby shower (about a month late as it turned out) for my Mom. Sadly, I did not see Donna a whole lot in later years. However, her hug she gave me when my own mother passed in 2005 was one of the ONES that make a difference! The one you need from a person who knows your heart is breaking. Aunt Donna, I hope all those who loved you and have gone ahead are there with open arms to greet you and that we'll be able to chat again one day. To my cousins and their families, God Bless, we are only as far as the phone, email, or social media chat as you grieve or need anything.

Cheryl Pensky(Colclasure)

May 29, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Donna. She was an amazing lady with a heart for people. She will be sadly missed by me and our family. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to all.

Shawn Nierstheimer

May 28, 2020

Donna Donna Donna! I'm going to miss her so much! I came into this family in 2007... Officially, in 2011. But, she didn't care if it was official or not. She knew that Jeff and I were meant to be together really early on. We had so many long talks at the dinner table. One of them more recent a couple of weeks ago when I stayed the night. It was so easy to have a conversation with her. We talked until after midnight about so many wonderful memories of her history with the Nierstheimer kids! I will cherish that last long talk to my own grave. ❤️ Donna accepted me as I was (history and all) with no reservations or, hesitation. A girl could not have asked for a more loving mother in law. I hope you and Bob can find some neverending slot machines to visit together 😉 I will miss you and our family Oak St. get togethers, terribly! 😢

Sharon Young

May 28, 2020

Just having coffee and talking. She was always there if you needed her. I will miss her when I go to Bloomington.
Scott, Gail and Jeff, I know you know that your Mom was the Best. She made the best pies. Larry and I want you to know we send our prayers and love.