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Donna M. Hanks

July 6, 1953November 16, 2020
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Donna M. Hanks, age 67, passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born July 6, 1953 in Lewiston, Maine, to the late Earl B. and Barbara Morse Manchester.

Donna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.Donna had an infectious laugh and had a knack for making everyone around her laugh, without even knowing why. Spending time with her family was her true passion in life. Donna enjoyed bowling, camping, spending time at her 2nd home at Manapogo Park on Lake Pleasant, playing Skip-BO and Bingo. She was an avid Cubs, Red Sox and IU Basketball fan. Donna was truly "cookoo for Cocoa Puffs," and was her favorite cereal. She loved to spoil her grandkids and usually never missed a sporting or musical event they had. She will be missed being seen in the stands cheering them on.

She is survived by her children, Janice Shepler, Kristina (Robert) Musser, Mark (Jennifer) Shepler all of Fort Wayne IN; siblings, Frank (Lillian) Morse, Ritchie (Leslie) Morse, Robert (Holly) Morse, Randy (Debbie) Morse, Tammy (Frank) Olszewski, 7 grandchildren, Tyler, Zach, Blake, TJ, Ahna, Daniel, Jonelle and a great granddaughter, Harper. Preceded in death by her husbands, John F. Shepler Jr. in 1992 and Michael Hanks in 2019, sister Brenda Crawley, and a grandson Jonathan Shepler.

A private funeral service will be 1:30 Monday, November 23, 2020 at Hockemeyer Miller Funeral Home (6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne), with visitation one hour prior. Please join the family virtually to celebrate the life of Donna, at the Hockemeyer Miller Facebook page, Livestream. Visitation also Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 4-7 pm at the funeral home. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Donna's memory may be made to Donate Life. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh

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PREVIOUS SERVICES:

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    Sunday, November 22, 2020

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 23, 2020

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    Monday, November 23, 2020

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terry hanks

November 22, 2020

she will be missed

Tina Mohr

November 22, 2020

Donna was such a special person to me! I enjoyed working with her and developing a wonderful friendship. Kris, Ellie, Mark and family, you are all a wonderful reflection of her. Thoughts and prayers for peace for all.

Ritchie Morse

November 20, 2020

Ellie, Andy, Krissy,
So sorry you have to go through this hard part of life. Keep all of your memories close to your heart because she will be there with you always. Talk about mom often and to anyone that will listen, it helps immensely. Thinking of you all. Sending hugs and love and prayers for strength.
Uncle Ritchie and Aunt Leslie

Sharon Tepin

November 20, 2020

I have always been told that you have 3 Best Friends in your life time and My Dear Sweet Friend “You” are one of my best friends .A Bestie like no other. You were there for Me in my darkest hour and I in yours .You will always be with Me -In my Heart and my soul .my Friend. Fly High and Rest In Peace 🌹Give Mike and Bobby a Hug for Me. I will miss you terribly 😥I Love You “My Bestie “ 🕊🌹

Stephanie Ames

November 20, 2020

When my family visited Aunt Barbara I wanted to hang out with Donna and Brenda. But being only eleven my fifteen and seventeen year old cousins understandably felt differently. When I turned fifteen I understood why! On behalf of my siblings, Susan, Sharon, Sandra and Scott we send our condolences to Donna's family, and our cousins Tammy, Randy, Bob, Ritchie and Frank.

Randy Morse

November 20, 2020

Sister! I will miss our times together but will cherish the ones we had. I loved when you visited and was always sad when you left. Our hearts are broken but or memories of you are strong! We will miss you so much. Til we meet again! Love, Your little brother ( as you called me) Randy

Tammy Olszewski

November 19, 2020

Although our lives brought us in different directions we always shared a special sister bond. You were my big sister and my friend. You were always there for me even if it was to just listen. We shared a million laughs and just as many tears. It will miss calling you and talking about nothing. I will miss you calling me a brat, which by the way you were right. You will forever have a special place in my heart. I will always remember that smile and chuckle when I remember your laugh. Thank you for being you, my sister. I just have one question, what’s up with the Cocoa Puffs? ❤️❤️

Chris Dennis

November 18, 2020

Donna was a good hearted Lady,had some good memories with the family, never will forget the time when Donna swore blind you had to turn your turn signal on to Make the red light turn green at a left turn,she always had a good laugh when we teased her about it.rest in peace and prayers to all of the family.

Chris and Sandi

Jane Weck

November 18, 2020

To the Shepler family,
My prayers for all of you with the loss of such an amazing and fun woman. She will be missed so much by everyone who ever met her.
Over 35 years of laughter and friendship with so many memories of all of you growing up and seeing the amount of love she has for each and every one of you will always be cherished.
Just know, she will always be there within each of you, and her love will never leave you.

Angie McClellan

November 18, 2020

My condolences to all. From the first time I met her she said for me to call her grandma Donna. Even though I wasn’t around her that much she will hold a special place in my heart. I loved her sense of humor and her ever giving heart

Love and prayers
Angie

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