Donna passed peacefully with her niece Sara Charneski by her side on Friday, March 18, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services in Fond du Lac. She was born in Green Bay to Clarence and Alice (Baeten) Charneski on November 1, 1946. On January 22, 1966 she married Keith Melius in Fond du Lac.
Throughout her life Donna worked at Infant Socks, Red Owl, Kentron, Boulay’s, Seefeld’s, Custom Fabrican, and Community Alterations.
Donna was a great wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, great-aunt and friend to all. She was always there to lend a hand through the years caring for her nieces and nephews countless times as well as many other family and friends. She was that kind of person you could always count on to help you out when in need. Donna was a natural caregiver. Donna always loved painting ceramics and making crafts. She passed this hobby onto a few of her family members as well as her grandson. In Donna’s free time, you would find her with her nose in a book. She loved to read. Donna was an avid bowler and also enjoyed gambling. Donna always looked forward to Thursday lunches with her family.
Surviving Donna is her husband, Keith; son, Jerry; grandsons, Logan and Mason; siblings, Gary (Donna) Charneski, Donald Charneski (special friend, Nancy), Carol (Roger) Reitz, Jacalyn (Gerald) King, John (Valerie) Charneski, Mark (Amy) Charneski, Wayne Rose, Karen (Keith) Rupp; special niece and caregiver, Tonia Miske; godchildren, Sara Charneski, Katie Charneski, and Trevor Miske; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary; her parents; her mother-and-father-in-law, LaVerne and Jean Melius; sisters-in-law, Mary Charneski and Marlene Rose; and brother-in-law, Doug Melius.
A visitation for Donna will be held Friday, March 25, 2016 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 N. Park Ave. in Fond du Lac. The memorial service will follow at 7:00 PM with Pastor Don Johnson of Zion Lutheran Church in Glenbeulah officiating. Cremation has taken place and burial will take place in Estabrooks Cemetery.
Donna was truly a fighter. She fought a good fight with many caregivers helping long the way. The family would like to thank: The Excellent Care provided by the staff of Agnesian Cancer Center. Donna spent the last weeks of her life at HCR ManorCare. Thank you for the superb compassionate care provided to Donna in her final days. We would also like to thank the Heartland Hospice Team as well.
In lieu of flowers, Donna wished that memorials be directed to the Agnesian Cancer Center.