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Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary

7924 North 59Th Ave, Glendale, AZ

OBITUARY

Donna Marie Jerome

April 22, 1936November 27, 2019

Donna Marie Jerome (nee Shene), 83, passed away suddenly on November 27, 2019, in Glendale, Arizona. She was born on April 22, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan to the late Theodore and Mildred (Pollack) Shene. After graduating in 1954 from Busch High School in Centerline, Michigan, Donna worked for the Kresge Company and the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank before marrying her husband Edward Jerome in May of 1961 and having 2 daughters. She was a homemaker while her children were young, but was always involved in school activities. Donna was a member of the local PTA and an assistant Girl Scout troop leader. When her girls were school aged, she took a job as a lunch and recess monitor at Shorewood Elementary School in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, where she lived with her husband and family for more than 30 years.

After her husband Ed’s retirement in May of 1995, Donna and Ed relocated to Glendale, Arizona, where they lived for nearly 25 years. Donna joined Atonement Lutheran Church where she had been an active member for over 20 years, serving on the Parish Life Committee, Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) and singing in the choir. She participated in many church activities and was always willing to help if needed. She always put others before herself.

Donna was independent, caring, and talented. She could knit and sew, and made clothes and Halloween costumes for her children along with many crafts. She was a cake decorator and candy maker, and won a ribbon at the State Fair for one of her decorated cakes. She was an exceptional cook and was known for her German potato salad and pot roast, in addition to her cakes, candies and desserts.

Donna was very social and enjoyed being with friends and family. She belonged to a neighborhood card club and bowled on several different leagues over the years in Michigan. She served as Secretary for the Roseville Teachers bowling league for many years and worked briefly at the Women’s International Bowling Congress (WIBC) local office. Donna liked to dance and sing, and enjoyed music, traveling, watching crime dramas and most of all playing bingo and going to the casino. Her “road trips” (as she called them) to the casinos were always fun for her, whether it was flying to Lake Tahoe or just taking the casino bus to the local Harrah’s for the day. There were so many car trips to Las Vegas and Laughlin over the years, each an adventure with different stories to tell-- all beginning with a stop at Starbucks followed by the special song list that was played during the drive.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Ed and 13 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her two daughters Diane and Eydie, and many loving nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Atonement Lutheran Church, 4001 W. Beardsley Road, Glendale, Arizona, with Rev. David Haught and Rev. Daniel Larson officiating. A luncheon at the church will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna’s honor may be made to Atonement Lutheran Church, 4001 W. Beardsley Road, Glendale, Arizona 85308.

~ Her smile will remain in our hearts forever ~

Services

14 December

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Atonement Lutheran Church

4001 W. Beardsley Road
Glendale, Arizona

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Anita Stafford

December 8, 2019

Aunt Donna was loving and generous person. I remember how talented and creative she was. My sister, Denise and I would go over to your mom's house and make sugar Easter eggs. And every year I still put up the Christmas stocking she made for me. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll miss her.

Janis Pawl

December 7, 2019

Dear sweet Aunt Donna, I will always cherish the great times with you out in vegas and our late night bingo excursions..whether falling asleep at the table or getting the giggles in mid session
Those times will be held close to my heart. You will be greatly missed ❤❤❤
Sending huge hugs to you Eydie and Diane❤❤

Phyllis Monkiewicz

December 7, 2019

I would see Donna and Eydie whenever they would come into Las Vegas. Donna really enjoyed those trips, especially the Bingo and was always all smiles. But the one time that I will never forget was a video that Eydie posted of her and her mom at a hockey game. Donna was all smiles and happiness and I could see her true spirit. Donna was always an inspiration for me.

Missy Younes

December 6, 2019

Mrs J - You’ll always be my favorite lunch mom at Shorewood! So many great childhood memories at your house. I’m so glad you visited me when you came back to Michigan! Always fun to be around. Such a kind, loving woman. You’ll be very missed. ♥️ Missy

Gary Hess

December 5, 2019

Donna, we'll never forget the good times at the Macomb Center concerts, the banana splits after. How wonderful you we to think of us on your last solo trip to Michigan. Your upbeat personality and contagious smile will be deeply misses.

Our deepest condolences to Diane and Eydie.

Charity Green

December 5, 2019

Mrs. Jerome,
What a wonderful mother and role model. Always with a smile and something positive to say. Your relationship with my beautiful Eydie was definitely one to be envied. You welcomed me anytime and were always willing to have a good time. I was lucky to know you and I’m lucky to call your daughter my friend. Your time here was not long enough but you made a positive impact on everyone you met. Thank you for the inspiration to always be kind. So much love❤️

Eydie Jerome

December 5, 2019

Mom,

I am lost and broken without you. I don't know how I'll be able to go on, but I know you'd want me to - and not with tears but with smiles. You were not only my mom but the best friend I will ever have. I love you forever.

Your BFF,
Eydie

Debbie Santucci

December 5, 2019

Dearest Donna,

You had a smile that lit up a room. Your kindness was always felt. Thank you for the time I've spent with you. You will be missed immensely. ♥️

Carol Bienkowski

December 5, 2019

Dear dear Donna. My forever longtime friend. Always full of laughs , love and good times The many bingos and casinos we’ve enjoyed. Never a dull moment. Always ready to enjoy life with whoever was there. You my dear friend will be missed until we meet again. You are with your many siblings and I’m sure Sandy’s telling you lots right now. Two peas in a pod. Love ❤️ you Always. God Bless you and Ed and Eydie and Diane

David & Teresa Bear

December 5, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing your mom with us. David and I always enjoyed time with her. Her smiles, even just in her pictures with you, always lit up our hearts. take care and hang in there, you know where we are.

FROM THE FAMILY