Donna (Lustfeldt) Eastburn, age 79, of Sheldon, IL, formerly a long-time resident of Watseka, IL entered into eternal peace on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Watseka Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center where she was on Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Donna was born June 20, 1936 in Watseka, IL to Arnold and Martha Luebchow Lustfeldt.
She is survived by her spouse, Lloyd D. Eastburn; her three children: Lloyd D. Eastburn, II (Karen), of Plano, TX; Lori D. (Eastburn) Kane, of Lake Forest, CA; and Jennifer K. (Eastburn) Mooney, of Mission Viejo, CA. She is also survived by her six grandchildren: Nichole L. (Eastburn) Holmes (Jeff), of Plano, TX; Ethan D. Eastburn, of Plano, TX; Briana M. Kane, of Lake Forest, CA; Lucas M. Kane, of Lake Forest, CA; Nicholas Mooney, of Mission Viejo, CA; and Lance Corporal Danielle Mooney, of Jacksonville, SC. She is also survived by two great grandchildren: Ashley Holmes, of Plano, TX and Ansley Holmes, of Plano, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Martha Lustfeldt; her sister, Yvonne (Lustfeldt) Just; her brother, Robert Lustfeldt; her brother, Richard Lustfeldt; and her granddaughter, Claire E. Mooney.
Donna graduated from WCHS in 1954 and then went on to attend nurses' training at the University of Northwestern in Evanston, IL where she was capped. Shortly thereafter, she decided to change careers and began working at the University of Illinois in the main library. It was there that she met the love of her life, US Army Sergeant Lloyd D. Eastburn. It was not long after they met, that they became engaged and then were married on June 20, 1959 at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX.
In March 1961, Lloyd and Donna moved back to Watseka, IL, where she worked as a nurse's aide at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. In June 1961, they moved to Villa Park, IL where Lloyd worked as an Air Traffic Controller at O'Hare Airport. In 1963, they moved to Bensenville, IL and from there, on to Schaumburg, IL where she served as an officer in the Junior Women's Club. In 1967, they moved to Anchorage, AK, where she was very active in PATCO. In 1968, they moved back to Schaumburg, IL for a short period and then on to Denver, CO. In 1973 they moved back to Watseka, IL where Donna continued to raise their three children, served as an election judge for a number of years, and also held a bookkeeper/accounting position for five years. In the fall of 1981, Lloyd and Donna opened Eastburn'sCoffee Shop and they also began serving the Illinois State Peace Meal Program. During this time, Donna and her sister, Yvonne, also owned and operated Two Sister's Catering business till 1994.
Lloyd and Donna retired in 2002, where Donna then became active in the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Auxiliary where she served as an officer for four years. In retirement, Donna enjoyed traveling to TX and CA with Lloyd to see their children, grandchildren and their great-grandchildren. As a voracious reader, she also enjoyed spending time in her sun room reading quietly with her beloved dogs, Gracie and Bella on her lap. She took great enjoyment in mowing her large yard on her riding lawn mower and caring for her garden. She loved spending her time knitting afghans, baking, and cooking.
Her wake service will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka, IL with a prayer service at 5:45 pm recited by Fr. Michael Powell. Her funeral service will be held on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:00 am at St. Edmund's Catholic Church in Watseka with a luncheon in the church basement to follow. Fr. Dan Hessling and Deacon Pete Henrisey will officiate. Burial will be at GAR Cemetery in Watseka.
The family greatly appreciates the wonderful care and attention given to Donna by the Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Riverside Medical Center, Miller Nursing Home, Watseka Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, and the special team from the Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Donations in Donna's honor may be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation or the Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Published in Times Republic on Apr. 1, 2016.