Donna Jean (Hartley) Kijowski

December 11, 1947 ~ July 11, 2019 (age 71)

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Donna Jean (nee Hartley) Kijowski

Age 71 of Pacific, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Born December 11, 1947 in Joliet, Donna was a daughter of Donald and Esther (nee Hudy) Hartley. She was raised in the Joliet / Plainfield area. 

Donna was retired from Ameritech / Verizon as an Inventory Specialist after 22 years of dedicated service in Illinois and Missouri.

She was a member of the Silver Sneakers and Seniors Groups of Eureka, MO and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

In Donna’s free time she enjoyed traveling with her late husband, Robert, to California and Arkansas. In recent years, Donna played dominos every Sunday with her dear friends. 

Survivors include her children; Daryl R. (Tonya) Zimmerman, Diane L. Zimmerman, Karen (John) Love, Bill (Dawn) Kijowski, Julie (Dave) Orlove and Jeff (Samantha) Kijowski, thirteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, sister; Chris (Rich) Pucel, brother; Richard (Sue) Hartley, sister-in-law; Sandy Hartley, brother-in-law, Richard Fox, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends; and her feline companions; ChaCha and Tango.

Donna was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Kijowski, parents; Donald and Esther Hartley and siblings; Lucille Durham, Terry Hartley, Dennis Hartley and Rose Fox. 

A Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 between the hours of 9:00 a.m.  and 10:30 a.m. at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435, then traveling in procession to St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1711 Burry Circle Drive, Crest Hill for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with Rev Tom Cargo officiating.

Donna will be laid to rest next to her husband, Robert at SS Cyril & Methodius Cemetery in Joliet.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Donna’s memory to:

The American Heart Association or American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction of Kenneth A. Plese, in Joliet, IL - 815-735-2125.

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Memorial Visitation
July 20, 2019

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
1500 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Chapel Prayers
July 20, 2019

10:30 AM
Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
1500 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Mass of Christian Burial
July 20, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Ambrose Catholic Church
1705 Burry Circle Dr
Crest Hill, IL 60403

July 20, 2019

12:00 PM
SS Cyril & Methodius Cemetery
Rte 6 & Maple Road (East of Briggs Street)
Joliet, IL 60432


American Heart Association National Center
7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas TX 75231
Tel: 1-800-242-8721

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
120 Wall Street, 29th Floor, New York NY 10005
Tel: 1-212-363-3500
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