OBITUARY

Donna M Stirling

January 18, 1931April 6, 2019
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Donna M. Stirling, 88, of Highland, Indiana, passed away at home on April 6th and began her first day in Paradise, reuniting with her beloved husband, James D. Stirling. Donna is survived by her three children, Kurt (Kathy) Stirling, Tina (John) Garcia, and Cary (LuAnn) Stirling; her eight grandchildren, Jim Stirling, Kelly (Jose) Lagunas, Geneva, Zachary, Grant, and Meredith Garcia, April (Kevin) Boyd, and Aimee (Tim) Dupin; her eight great grandchildren, Daman, Tony, Aliyah, Isabella, Jordan, Brady, Brooklyn, and Jensen; her sister, Karen Barreiro; her niece and nephew, Tracy (Nick) Ronsen and Scott (Nicole) Barreiro; and her great nieces and nephew, Josie, Elise, and Wesley. Preceded in death by her mother, Mattie Fleener and her grandparents Frank and Nellie Van Gorp. Donna graduated from Hammond Technical (“Tech”) High School in 1949. Shortly after graduation, Donna not only worked as a secretary at Hammond Tech in the attendance and athletic department, but Donna also married the love of her life, Jim, on July 15, 1950. In 1960, Donna became a member of the First Church of Christ in Highland with her husband Jim. Donna faithfully served her church family in many capacities, most notably as a junior church and youth group leader, Vacation Bible School teacher, and Loyal Worker’s member. Donna had a passion for directing and organizing adult and youth holiday programs at her church. Additionally, Donna worked as an assistant preschool teacher at the First Church of Christ for numerous years. Donna loved her family very much and brought everyone together with her cooking and baking. Donna enjoyed having her family over for holidays, dinner and brunch after church, having her sons over for lunch, and making snacks for all of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and their friends when they came over to swim, which has been a summer tradition at the Stirling household for over 50 years. Donna supported all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren by attending their sporting events, school activities and programs, birthdays, graduations, and weddings with Jim. Donna was also sure to bring baked goods as a congratulatory token for momentous occasions and birthdays, most memorably, banana bread, blueberry muffins, marble squares, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate cake. Donna also loved swimming, fishing with Jim and her children, reading, and writing. Donna, nicknamed “Do,” by her husband Jim, was a devout Christian, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Donna put others first and was a pillar in her family and her church community. Donna and Jim always had an open door for family gatherings whether it be the holidays, special occasions, summer vacation and swimming, or just dropping in for conversation and cookies. Many memories were made at the Stirling household and Donna will be dearly missed by all. However, there is comfort in knowing that she is reunited with Jim, Mattie, and Nellie. Visitation is at Kuiper Funeral Home on Thursday, April 11th from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The Funeral Service is at Kuiper Funeral Home on Friday, April 12th at 11:30 AM. 9039 Kleinman Road, Highland, IN 46322 (219) 923-7800. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Church of Christ in Highland or Hospice of the Calumet Area.

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  • Donna M. Stirling, 88 of Highland, Indiana, passed away at home on April 6th and began her first day in Paradise, reuniting with her beloved husband, James D. Stirling. Donna is survived by her three children, Kurt (Kathy) Stirling, Tina (John) Garcia, and Cary (LuAnn) Stirling; her eight grandchildren, Jim Stirling, Kelly (Jose) Lagunas, Geneva, Zachary, Grant, and Meredith Garcia, April (Kevin) Boyd, and Aimee (Tim) Dupin; her eight great grandchildren, Daman, Tony, Aliyah, Isabella, Jordan, Brady, Brooklyn, and Jensen; her sister, Karen Barreiro; her niece and nephew, Tracy (Nick) Ronsen and Scott (Nicole) Barreiro; and her great nieces and nephew, Josie, Elise, and Wesley.

    Preceded in death by her mother, Mattie Fleener and her grandparents Frank and Nellie Van Gorp.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2019
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Aimee Dupin

April 11, 2019

Gram...
It is still surreal that you are gone, I love you and miss you so so much! I am grateful that I was able to be there with you the last couple weeks and help in any way I could to show my appreciation for everything you have done for me the last 35 years. There are too many great memories to list but just a few of my favorites: all the times at the pool with the best snacks!, park trips, Custard Shop, snowcones, Christmas shopping and movies, holidays, chocolate pizzas for our school birthday treats, preschool, scrambled eggs, rainbow toast, CHURCH, 13th surprise birthday party, custom birthday cards, cheering me on at all my sporting and school events, graduations, my wedding, birth of the twins, Tuesday visits with the girls and ALL the great meals and desserts you ever made!!! I have been making some of your desserts lately and I am doing my best to make them with your special ingredient, LOVE! My heart is so heavy but full knowing that you are together again with Gramps! I'm sure he was smiling, whistling and doing his tap dance upon your arrival in heaven. I will cherish all the pictures, videos and memories I have and keep them close to my heart. Tim, Brooklyn, Jensen and I love you so much Gram and miss you greatly!!! XOXO

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Biography

Donna graduated from Hammond Technical (“Tech”) High School in 1949. Shortly after graduation, Donna not only worked as a secretary at Hammond Tech in the attendance and athletic department, but Donna also married the love of her life, Jim, on July 15, 1950.
In 1960, Donna became a member of the First Church of Christ in Highland with her husband Jim. Donna faithfully served her church family in many capacities, most notably as a junior church and youth group leader, Vacation Bible School teacher, and Loyal Worker’s member. Donna had a passion for directing and organizing adult and youth holiday programs at her church. Additionally, Donna worked as an assistant preschool teacher at the First Church of Christ for numerous years.
Donna loved her family very much and brought everyone together with her cooking and baking. Donna enjoyed having her family over for holidays, dinner and brunch after church, having her sons over for lunch, and making snacks for all of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and their friends when they came over to swim, which has been a summer tradition at the Stirling household for over 50 years.
Donna supported all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren by attending their sporting events, school activities and programs, birthdays, graduations, and weddings with Jim. Donna was also sure to bring baked goods as a congratulatory token for momentous occasions and birthdays, most memorably, banana bread, blueberry muffins, marble squares, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate cake. Donna also loved swimming, fishing with Jim and her children, reading, and writing.
Donna, nicknamed “Do,” by her husband Jim, was a devout Christian, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Donna put others first and was a pillar in her family and her church community. Donna and Jim always had an open door for family gatherings whether it be the holidays, special occasions, summer vacation and swimming, or just dropping in for conversation and cookies. Many memories were made at the Stirling household and Donna will be dearly missed by all. However, there is comfort in knowing that she is reunited with Jim, Mattie, and Nellie.