OBITUARY

Joan Theresa Berkholz Donley

July 10, 1931June 21, 2012

DONLEY, Joan T. (nee Berkholz), passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday June 21, 2012. Beloved wife of the late Don Donley; loving mother of Tim Donley and Kathy (Paul) Sons, grandmother of Amy (Justin) Black, Mark (Alicia) Donley, Patrick Donley, and Stacy and Jake Sons, and great-grandmother of Laura and Allison Black, Maxwell and Joshua Donley, Wesley White, and Jenna Benson-White; dear sister of Dick (Judy) Berkholz, sister-in-law of Ginny (the late Ralph) Krieger, Marianne (the late Bill) Mahler, and Carollee (John) Oldani; devoted daughter of the late Charles and Margaret (nee Swanson) Berkholz; fond aunt, great-aunt, and great-great aunt to many; fun-loving cousin and loyal friend.

Joan was a committed volunteer in numerous and varied charitable organizations throughout her life. She delivered meals until 2011 for Meals on Wheels and worked in the thrift store for Guardian Angel Settlement Association until late last year. Not satisfied with giving only during her lifetime, her generosity continues subsequent to her death, as she donated her remains to her former employer St. Louis University for medical studies. She made the world a better place. If she touched your life in even a small way, the best honor you can give her is to pay it forward with the same smile, kindness, generosity, loyalty, and commitment in your own life.

SERVICES: Memorial Mass on July 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church, 4900 Ringer Rd. St. Louis. Luncheon to follow. Memorials to Catholic Charities, Guardian Angel Settlement Association, Cancer Research Institute, or a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Memorial Mass Saturday, July 7, 2012
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Joan Theresa Berkholz Donley

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March 2, 2013

I AM JUST LEARNING OF JOAN S DEATH. I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF MY GOOD FRIENDS PASSING. SHE WORKED FOR ME AT THE HERALD AND REVIEW DECATUR, IL AND WAS ALSO A GREAT FRIEND. MY CHRISTMAS CARD WAS RETURNED THIS YEAR AND I HAD A BAD FEELING THAT MAYBE SOMETHING HAD HAPPENED TO HER. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE. JEAN NICKELS, DECATUR, IL.

Beverly Dailey

July 7, 2012

Joan was my dear friend and she will always be in my heart. I will miss her deeply. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Love,
Bev Dailey

July 6, 2012

We were so sorry to read that Joan had passed away. She was a special lady and will be missed by all her family and friends. She always had a smile on her face and a wonderful laugh. We all have great memories of the times we shared and we know she found happiness in heaven.
Bud and Jane (Berkholz) Riess

July 4, 2012

Joan was a grand lady. Her devotion to those who live in poverty was very inspiring. May she be resting in the arms of God.

Love,
Sr. Leah, DC

Janet Sexauer

June 30, 2012

I have lots of memories with Joan spanding over many years. As an adult I remember taking "the three muskeeteers" (Ginny, mom and Joan) to old towne St. Charles for festivals, shopping, or lunch on Saturdays. As a teen I remember several trips to Decatur and lots of laughs. As a child I remember her taking us to see "Blackbeard" (which by the way was on TV about a week ago and it made me think of her). I also remember her filling cardboard boxes with water so we could "swim" since she had a small pool that would not hold us all. I also remember the fried balogna sandwiches she fixed for us.

Aunt Joan was a strong, independent person but also very charitable and giving of her time to those in need. She was always honest and never held back...telling it like it is.

I feel bad for the her kids and her grandkids as I know they will miss her. But I know she is so happy being with Uncle Don...they are probably drinking a Manhatten and Don is singing "You are my Sunshine...My only Sunshine". I think of both of them when I hear this song....which I remember so clearly both of them singing.

Patricia Lampe

June 30, 2012

My memories of Aunt Joan go back to the days of staying at their home in Affton and going on a few camping trips with Uncle Don and Aunt Joan. I always remember her as being upbeat despite any problems that she was experiencing. Even when I visited her recently in the hospital or nursing home, I heard no complaint (other than she wanted to go for a walk and they didn't want her to). We kept her in our prayers always. I woke up the other day dreaming of her sitting poolside with Uncle Don, a glass of white wine in her hand and smiling down on all of us. God bless her soul and I'm grateful that she is at peace after such a long stuggle.

June 29, 2012

Mike and our girls have many memories of Aunt Joan from the years she lived down the street from us in St. Louis. However, from years ago, my personal favorite was the boating/camping trip we took to one of the lakes near Decatur IL. I describe the trip as a "camping" trip because we took a day trip to the lake and went back to Kathy and Tim's house for the evenings. Most of the St. Louis family stayed on cots in the lower level of Aunt Joan and Uncle Don's home in Decatur. And... when it was time to retire for the evenings, Bill Mahler wouldn't hesitate to start with "Good night, John Boy". We always had a great time with the Donley family and I am grateful to have been a part of of the Mahler/Donley family tree. We will miss Aunt Joan and know that she has found her place in Heaven. ~ With Sympathy, Tracy and Mike Mahler & Family

Marianne Mahler

June 29, 2012

Best sister-in-law and true friend since we were in our twenties. I am happy thinking about all the great times we had both here and in Decatur but I am so sad knowing that there will no more great times together but happy that there will be no more feeding tubes and medications and knowing she will be with her husband again after almost 25 years

mark donley

June 24, 2012

We miss her dearly. She was a great person and a greater grandmother.

Michelle Martin

June 23, 2012

I'm sorry Joan had past away. She was the best Grandma to my children Amy, Mark, and Patrick. She will be truley missed by all. Joan was also the best mother-in-law I loved her deeply. Oh there are so many memories that I have of her and also with my children.I've known Joan since I was 15 years old and what a great person she was and will be truly missed by so many people.

Michelle Martin