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Marengo-Union Funeral Home

505 East Grant Highway, Marengo, IL

OBITUARY

Donna Joan Meyer

November 12, 1961August 17, 2019
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Donna J. Meyer, 57, of Marengo passed away August 17, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born November 12, 1961 in Elgin to Robert and Shirley (Howell) Meyer. Donna graduated from Larkin High School and received her Associate's from Gateway Technical Institute. Donna was an expert horse trainer and made a career as a horseshoer, with clients in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Even as her health started to fail her, she continued to shoe for her clients which brought her great joy. Donna bred and showed horses for years as well. She achieved the title of World Champion in multiple disciplines and multiple breeds, with an emphasis on Pintos. One of Donna's best traits was her ability to teach and share her knowledge. She did this in many ways, including being a leader and superintendent in 4-H, and taking an active role in the Kane County Horse Bowl. Beyond her passion for horses, Donna was an amazing artist. She worked with multiple mediums including oil paints, ceramics, textiles, and metals, among others. The beauty she brought to this world will be greatly missed. Donna had a great sense of humor. She took great joy in traveling and riding her Harley. She had a kind and giving heart and will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know her. She is survived by her brothers, Greg (Oonagh) Meyer and Rodney (Jialin) Meyer; her nephew, Robert Meyer and her niece, Deanna Meyer. She was preceded in death by her parents. There will be a visitation from 4 to 8pm on Friday, August 30 at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy. A graveside service will be held at 11am on Saturday, August 31 at Marengo City Cemetery, 101-199 N East St, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois 4H Foundation at https://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/giving.

  • FAMILY

  • Greg (Oonagh) Meyer, Brother
  • Rodney (Jialin) Meyer, Brother
  • Robert Meyer, Nephew
  • Deanna Meyer, Niece
  • Robert Meyer, Father (deceased)
  • Shirley (Howell) Meyer, Mother (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, August 31, 2019

Memories

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Marianne Roberg

September 6, 2019

Donna was a dear friend and mentor to my daughter and I when we showed the American Buckskin Circuit. She trained both of our horses to be all around horses and we won many many titles. She inspired my daughter ti become a veterinarian after Donna put on a leg dissection for the 4-Hers. We have many crazy and fun memories as we traveled Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Oklahoma with Donna for horse shows. We went on many 3 snd 4 day trail rides as well. She also helped me train one of my miniature horses to drive. She continued being my farrier fir many years. Till we meet again Donna..... happy trails to you.

Catherine Gerardi

August 21, 2019

Donna was one of a kind, very diverse in her talents and hobbies. I was fortunate enough to get to know her a bit and help when I could. She was an amazing artist and I got to see some of her work firsthand. I am very grateful to her as I own the most precious, talented, and wonderful Andalusian horse, Casio, my heart horse, whom I purchased from her. She fought a very tough battle, and I hope that she is now at peace and pain free. My deepest sympathies to family and friends.

Judy Umbdenstock

August 20, 2019

I have many fond memories of Donna -
Showing Horses at the Kane Co 4-H Fair;
She drove my Pony Team - pulling Santas Elves - in the Algonquin Xmas Parade;
Traveled w me to our very 1st Waverly, Iowa Horse & Horse Equip Sale;
She did all my Horseshoing needs (Ponies, Quarters, Drafts) while sharing stories, laughter, and always a good time;
She went w me to do a practice run of a 12 Up - SINGLE file - of Percherons on Hwy B (Wisc) - King was the Lead - 108 ft in front of us;
Donna & I went to Milwaukee to be outriders for a 40 horse hitch of Belgians - the Street rumbled with 10 across by 4 deep.
She Drove one of my Wood Wheel Wagons - in competion in Denver - and made a covered wagon out of another for her chuck wagon drive in South Dakota;
She really DID what so many folks only dreamt of!!
Donna was a TRUE CHAMPION with horses, but also with many, many people.
I am grateful she is out of pain - but she will be missed by so many.
Her uniqueness and friendship, will remain with me forever.
I will always keep my memories of her (the horse whisperer) - in my heart.
Goodby my friend - until we meet again.


Dina Kasper

August 20, 2019

Donna and I have shared so many memories it seemed that I just couldn't get enough time with her I was always finding myself going over there wether it was to go to shows or just to help her out on the farm. I would get home late and I was tired and I would turn around and go back the next day. I wish that I never got my arthritis or else I still would be following her around. I would not change a thing except I wish she never got cancer so she could continue to make so many more happy memories with all her friends and family. Love you Donna. May you finally be free of pain. Love. Dina

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Biography

Donna J. Meyer, 57, of Marengo passed away August 17, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born November 12, 1961 in Elgin to Robert and Shirley (Howell) Meyer.
Donna graduated from Larkin High School and received her Associate's from Gateway Technical Institute. Donna was an expert horse trainer and made a career as a horseshoer, with clients in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Even as her health started to fail her, she continued to shoe for her clients which brought her great joy. Donna bred and showed horses for years as well. She achieved the title of World Champion in multiple disciplines and multiple breeds, with an emphasis on Pintos. One of Donna's best traits was her ability to teach and share her knowledge. She did this in many ways, including being a leader and superintendent in 4-H, and taking an active role in the Kane County Horse Bowl.
Beyond her passion for horses, Donna was an amazing artist. She worked with multiple mediums including oil paints, ceramics, textiles, and metals, among others. The beauty she brought to this world will be greatly missed.
Donna had a great sense of humor. She took great joy in traveling and riding her Harley. She had a kind and giving heart and will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know her.