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Donna Mae Dwiggins

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Donna Mae Dwiggins Obituary
Donna Mae Dwiggins

Born: April 3, 1927

Died: October 8, 2018

Donna Mae (McGary) Dwiggins, 91, of Batavia, gently entered heaven on October 8, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Born on her mother's (Elsie McGary's) birthday on April 3, 1927, she also chose that day, 21 years later, to be united in marriage to Thomas Dwiggins, a union that would last 70 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Elsie McGary; her oldest daughter, Susan Dwiggins; and Susan's oldest son, Julian Dwiggins.

She leaves behind a son, Thomas Jr.; and daughters, Beth (Terry) Ritchason and Rita Hoover. She is also survived by a brother, Mac (the late Janice) McGary of Aurora; and sister, Rita (David) Berg of Greenfield, IN. She delighted in being the grandmother of Julian Dwiggins, Ryan Dwiggins, Krista (Matt) Reilly, Jenny (Ray) Schuhow, Nicholas Seidel, Neil Ritchason, T.J. Ritchason, Max (Angela) Hoover, Kevin Hoover and Austin Dwiggins. She was blessed to be a great grandmother to Madison (Dillon) Biering, Evie Dwiggins, Alex and Sam Schuhow, and Elsie Reilly. She also leaves behind numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

A third-generation Batavian and member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Donna attended Louise White Elementary School and was a graduate of Madonna High School in Aurora. She worked at The Campana Company in Batavia during high school, and after graduating, worked as a secretary for the CA&E Railroad. Commuting by train led her to meet her future husband, Tom.

Donna was an accomplished pianist, eventually utilizing her talent in the role of church organist at Holy Cross Church. When her children were young, she was an avid volunteer at J.B. Nelson Elementary School, until 1969, when she became the school's secretary. She was a beloved member of the staff where she formed many lifetime friendships. She especially cherished working with the students, often serving as an impromptu nurse and counselor (to both children and staff) until she retired in 1988.

Donna was a talented homemaker, a gourmet cook and accomplished seamstress, skills handed down from her mother. An avid athlete, Donna excelled at tennis, and along with her favorite doubles partner (husband Tom), played regularly well into her 80's. The two also had a love for travel and spent many summers in Colorado, where they hiked, biked and played tennis, creating many long-lasting friendships.

In her later years, Donna developed Alzheimer's, but she never lost her innate joy, or her ability to love and be loved. Donna will also be remembered for her ready laughter and her joyful, giving nature.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, November 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Shannon Hall, 14 North Van Buren Street in Batavia, Illinois.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Oct. 25, 2018
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