CHERRY VALLEY – Donna L. Whitfield, 77, of Cherry Valley, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in her home.
She was born March 17, 1936, in Chicago, the daughter of Donald and Helen Wermerskirchen McNee. She married John A. Whitfield on Feb. 8, 1964, at St. Vincent DePaul Church in Chicago. He died Sept. 18, 2008.
She was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church. She and her husband had previously owned the Immaculata Religious Goods Store in Huntley, and she also was the hostess of a 30-minute show on public access television for several years. It was an informative show that discussed religious issues with special guests. Donna was a strong defender of the faith and the life of the unborn. Her main focus was always on her family, which she cherished above all else.
Survivors include her daughters, Stephanie (Mark) Rankin, Lydia (Warren) Vowels and Leslie (Michael) Tuttle; grandchildren, Dominic, Sr. Mary Thomas, Alexander, Josephine, Alexis, Maximilian, Zachary, Augustine, Veronica, Juliana, Mary, Francis, Magdalene, Thomas Anthony, Cecilia, John and Joseph; brother, David McNee; two nieces; and a nephew.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at St. Rita Catholic Church, with the Rev. Charles Fanelli and the Rev. John Evans concelebrating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, Masses may be offered in Donna's memory. Express condolences and share memories at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.