Bonnie L. (Zimmerman) Donnals (1927 - 2019)

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Mrs. Bonnie L. Donnals, 91, of Vandalia, passed away at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Fr. Zachary Edgar officiating. Burial will be in Mother of Dolors Catholic Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church. Memorials: Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Funeral Dinner Fund or Caring & Sharing. Hohlt and File Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mrs. Donnals was born on April. 3, 1927, in Shobonier, the daughter of Jesse and Hallie Blankenship Zimmerman. She married Neil F. Donnals on Dec. 17, 1949; he preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 2000.
Bonnie was previously employed as a telephone operator, and worked in the administrative offices at Fayette County Hospital. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Mother of Dolors Catholic Church, where she organized funeral dinners for many years. Bonnie also had a love for the St. Louis Cardinals and playing bridge, and participated on the Hohlt and File Funeral Home bowling team.
She is survived by her children, Linda (David) Kelch of St. Charles, Mo., Jackie DuPlayee of Vandalia, Cheryl Sasse of Vandalia, Nancy (William) Haney of Friendswood, Texas, Brian Donnals of Vandalia and Brett (Jennifer) Donnals of Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Matthew (Shelly) Kelch, Michael (Erica) Kelch, Christopher (Stephanie) DuPlayee, Andrew (Molly) DuPlayee, Jascha (Derek) Nestrick, Chelsa (Mike Schulte) Sasse, Marc Sasse, Alex Sasse, Kelly (Courtney) Haney, Kimberle (Keith) Koester and Hallie Donnals; and great-grandchildren, Max and Sam Kelch; Christian, Faith and Justice DuPlayee; Preston, Kendall and Sydnee Nestrick; Chandler Sasse; Gracie Pruett; and Joshua Cassidy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, John Donnals; grandson, Tim DuPlayee; two brothers; and six sisters.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
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Vandalia, IL 62471
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Published in The Leader-Union from Jan. 8 to Jan. 16, 2019