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Donna Maurine Katz

It is with great sadness that the children of Donna Maurine Katz, age 88, announce that she went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 after a short illness.  She was born on November 9, 1925 to William R. and Kathryn E. (Bowers) Phinisey in Battle Creek, Michigan.  She was a lifelong Battle Creek resident and resided at Thornapple Manor in Hastings for the last year and a half of her life.

Donna graduated from Lakeview High School in 1943.  Her marriage to Robert M. Katz, Sr. ended in divorce.

After retiring from the Kellogg Company with 38 years of service, she enjoyed traveling.  A trip to Hawaii with her ex Mother-in-law and a memorable 80th birthday trip to Las Vegas with her three children were two of her favorites.  She was a member of the Kellogg 25-year Club.

Donna was an avid gardener and her property was the envy of her neighbors.  She loved trees and the majesty of the very large oaks.  She often remarked that when she saw a tree that needed trimming, she wished she could get out and do it on the spot.  She enjoyed weekly card games with her daughters where they would play cards for more than 10 hours at a time.  She was very competitive and hated losing and enjoyed winning at her favorite three card poker game at the casino.  She was a lifelong Detroit Lions fan and never gave up hope that they would one day make it to the Super Bowl.  She had a knack for decorating and entertaining and set a lavish table for her family and friends.

She instilled in her children a strong belief in the Lord, faith, the power of prayer and the importance of family.  She lived her life as a strong independent woman and accomplished more than she dreamed she could.

Donna is survived by her three children, Judith K. (Vern) Schieffer of Dowling, Robert M. Katz, Jr. (Paula) of Centreville, Virginia and Cynthia F. (Michael) Talbot of Battle Creek; her grandchildren, Todd Edgerton (Julie), Tracy Evans, Brandi (Mike) Ruby, Michele (Timothy) VanAmeyden, Kara (Nathan) Reniger; and three great-grandchildren, Michael Edgerton, Kelsey Evans and Michael Ruby, Jr.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Jean E. Fuller.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Humane Society of South Central Michigan or Safe Place.  The family was assisted by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.  Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 16, 2014
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