Donna M. Schmars

September 3, 1938February 14, 2018
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Donna M. Schmars, 79, of Marengo passed away February 14, 2018 at Centega Hospital-Huntley. She was born September 3, 1938 in Belvidere to LeRoy and Iva (Morgridge) Pierce. On January 18, 1964 she married Ken “Gus” Schmars. Donna enjoyed traveling and eating out when away and in Marengo. She liked watching her soap operas. Donna also enjoyed the holidays and spending time with family, especially her grandkids. She is survived by her husband, Ken “Gus”; her children, Charlanne (Ron) Easterline and Nick Schmars; her grandsons, Cody (Sam Beres) and Kyle Easterline; her great-granddaughter, Zoey Easterline; her twin sister, Dawn Pierce; her sister-in-law, Susan Maher; her nieces, Michelle Clarke and RaNae Paulson; and her nephews, David (Jen Webster) and Mike (Kellie) Paulson; great-nieces, Stephanie (“Bear”) Hurston, Jaclyn (Chance) Tall, and Haley Clarke; great-nephews, Jordan (Brett) Paulson-McKillip and Christopher Paulson; great-great-niece, Kiera McClernon; and great-great-nephews, Jayden Hurston, Eli and Gunner Tall, and Sean and Evan Paulson. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Alice Paulson. Visitation will be from 3 to 8pm on Monday, February 19 at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy., Marengo. There will be a funeral service at 10am on Tuesday, February 20 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 323 N. Taylor St., Marengo. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Donna M. Schmars

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February 23, 2018

Dear Gus; So very sorry to read about Donna passing. She looked so well when I was back in Marengo for our class reunion. My thoughts and prays go out to you

Sincerely, Ed Hendricks

Michael Markison

February 20, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the schars family.

Debby Egland-Joosten

February 18, 2018

My Family (Egland-Sandersfeld), hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace to get you through the days ahead. Our condolences to you and your family.

"He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings...
you will find refuge"
Psalms 91:4

February 18, 2018

Char, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your dad, and family. Hold and help each other through the sorrowful days ahead. It is nice to see the family in all of your loaded pics.
Hugs to you,
Sincerely Lisa Kalen (via Ranae)

Bill & Mary Ellen Markison

February 18, 2018

Our Sincere condolences to Ken and family.
Remember the good times.

Linda Gron Resenbeck

February 17, 2018

Char, you know where my heart is. Keep holding onto your dad......and family, and keep running the good memory tracks through your head. That is why we live, to positively impact others. Love ya.

February 17, 2018

Kind thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time of grief. May your fond memories bring you comfort. God's promise at Jeremiah 29:11,12 will give you strength.