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Joellen M. Donkle

November 11, 1925 - March 6, 2008
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Joellen M. Donkle, age 82, of Michigan City, died Thursday, March 6, 2008 at Carol’s Home in New Buffalo, MI. Joellen and her husband, Lucius B. Donkle, Jr., were married for 56 years and built their house in the Duneland Beach area of Michigan City in 1974. A memorial service will be held Friday, MarchContinue Reading

Jean Joy now Hollie left a message on November 15, 2022:
To Dunk, So sorry for your loss. She was a rare lady and she was a great person. Jeannie
Mary Lee Webeck left a message on April 8, 2009:
Joellen has personified for me, for most of my life, the life fully lived. She had such joy in all she did. I remember how she welcomed me into your family when I was young, always made me feel special, and always seemed to have a smile. I will miss thinking of her in her beautiful dream house by the Lake.
Lisa Dyrdahl left a message on March 18, 2008:
Text: Joellen was the quintessential girl scout, ever self sufficient and independent. As my Aunt, Joellen was a great role model. She had enthusiasm for life and everything in it. She was a wordsmith without being pretentious. I remember visiting one summer as a child. Like my sister, I noticed the difference in households. Aunt Joellen was spontaneous and relaxed; she would make Black Cows and malted milkshakes just before bedtime, which was probably after midnight. She was always laughing and telling stories, kids were everywhere. Her interest in anyone other than herself was infectious; she was just exciting to be around. My daughter, Marissa and her dad felt like celebrities when Joellen would interview them with her usual curiosity. She enthralled people by inquiring about themselves. She could make the dullest person seem riveting. Uncle Lou, Dunk, Heidi and Chris, we are so sorry for your loss. We know that Tom Eby is embracing her in heaven and she is conversing and interviewing in her inimitable style. All Love, Lisa, Lynn and Marissa
Jack Van Etten left a message on March 14, 2008:
I regret I could not attend. I remember Mrs. Donkle as Chris's mom, a dynamic storyteller of travels abroad. She will be sorely missed as she embarks on yet another fantastic adventure
Nancy McGriff left a message on March 13, 2008:
You have my deepest sympathy. I didn't know Joellen well, but during the time I taught in Michigan City, I heard her mentioned often with genuine respect.
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Keith Gregory and Family left a message on March 13, 2008:
May God who calls our love ones home and grants them peace and rest, give you strength and faith to say that he knows best. You have our sympathy and prayers during your loss. Keith and Mary Gregory
Brewster Cckrell left a message on March 13, 2008:
On this wondrous sea, Sailing siletly, Knowest thou the shore Ho! pilot, ho! Where no breakers roar, Where the storm is o'er? In the silent west Many sails at rest, Their anchors fast; Thither I pilot the,--- Land, ho! Eternity! Ashore at last! My favorite poem, by Emily Dickinson, in memory of darling Joellen, who tried to teach me to sail and passed on to me her love of sailing. With my love to all the Donkles, Margot,and Tweedy Brewster
donna kavanagh left a message on March 12, 2008:
I met JoEllen in the 70's She befriended me at a meeting and we became fast friends I have the deepest respect for her and I am sorry for your loss. Undoubtedly she is having just as great a time in heaven now as she did here on earth You were very lucky to have had her in your lives. She was a wonderful person God Bless Donna Kavanagh
Linda Eby King & Family left a message on March 12, 2008:
These are my memories of Aunt Joellen: As a very small child, I remember spending a week in Park Forest with the Donkles. Everything seemed to be much more easy-going and kid-centered than at the Eby house. I remember that she made pizza from a Chef Boyardee box and I was pretty impressed my mom had never attempted such a feat. As an adolescent, I remember Aunt Joellen being so intently interested in mewhat was going on at school, what I was reading, and all my other interests. She seemed to be far more interested in these details than even my own parents! She always made me feel important. When I was in college, I visited Joellen and Lou on several holiday weekends. My memory of these holidays is of welcoming comfort and relaxation just what every college student needs while on a break. As an adult, I remember Aunt Joellen playing in Indian Lake with Kelsey and Collin (who were about 3 and 4 years old). She was pretending to be the Sea Witch (I think this was from The Little Mermaid). She was hiding under the pier at dusk and would lunge out at them and growl. They were totally into it, screaming and laughing and swimming away from her. They had only just met her and she formed one of their best Indian Lake memories. They have never forgotten her willingness to jump in the water and play. We will not forget Joellen.
Diane & Ralph Chisholm left a message on March 12, 2008:
JOELLEN By Diane Chisholm An aunt, a friend, a mentor, a mother, a sister A daughter, a teacher, a heavenly flung twister Seeking out answers for question too imbedded Not fearing results many others have dreaded. Always caring, yet cautious, curt but still kind Ever searching, ever delving to feed her mind Wanting acknowledgement for how she can think Expectations from others left her out on the brink. Living life to the fullest were the cards she was dealt The hardships surmounted insured the depths felt Trials of her childhood, the tribulations of her young ones Working the walk of life getting thankless jobs done. Shes an artist, a poet, a lover, a scholar and a queen Shes been up, down, all around - shes made the scene Shes tough as nails but gentle as a new born lamb When conquering anything she just says I am . And what a fine sense of humor this lady has had Being able to laugh hardily at both the good and bad What delight she stirs making fun of such nonsense Easing anothers load, when life gets a little tense. With self education she self-edified From feelings so deep she tried to hide. But what a glorious person to know To explain the ropes of this lifetime show.
Lee Mather left a message on March 12, 2008:
Uncle Lou, Dunk, Heidi, and Chris, Aunt Joellen was always in my life, and she made me feel like I was a very important part of hers. The years we spent Thanksgivings at your house are some of my happiest memories.Enormous turkeys...larger than the oven, food galore, having to crawl out under the dining room table if a trip to the bathroom became necessary because the room was literally packed to the walls with chairs around the table, playing games, talking, preparing meals ,singing, feeling so welcomed. She accomplishedso much and yet was always nterested in what was going on in our lives. I admired that she was game forjust about anything. What an adventurer! I doubt she ever had one boring minute in her wonderful life, because she had so many interests, and if she were on the couch it wasn't because she wasn't up to something.:-) Uncle Lou, she was so blessed to have you has her husband. You lovingly filled her life with everything that made her happy. Dear Lord, thank you for the wife , mother, grandmother, aunt, friend, teacher, and encourager you gave us in Joellen. I know you have prepared a place for us, for those who love you, and we have an eternity together to look forward to in Heaven. The separation is hard, but it is not forever. God bless you dear family. Lee
susan pettingill left a message on March 11, 2008:
As a dear friend of Heidi's, I wanted to send my condolences to the family on the passing of your wife, mother and grandmother, Joellen. I will be holding you in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Susan
John & Edmar Hoppe left a message on March 11, 2008:
Joellen's intelligence and insight will continue to be missed. Our thoughts are with you, Lu. Love, John and Eddie
Richard & Marianne Gosswiller left a message on March 11, 2008:
Always helpful, ever caring, Joellen shared her knowledge and wisdom with us all. She helped make the world a better place. Richard & Marianne
The Guenin Family left a message on March 10, 2008:
"Lou" and Family, Joellen was a great neighbor and a wonderful person. She will be missed from all her friends at Stop 36. Regards, The Guenin Family Michael, Nicole, Jack, Grant & Sloane
Martha Conn Stubbs left a message on March 10, 2008:
Lou and family, We are so sorry for your loss. I recall the last time I saw JoEllen was in New Hampshire, when you came to visit us at Blacky's Cove on Lake Winnipesaukee. I loved to listen to her stories of her travels, adventures and her love for teaching. She was a remarkable lady. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Scott, Martha, Megan and Sarah Stubbs and Rosamond Conn (Dartmouth, Massachusetts)
Brian Potter left a message on March 10, 2008:
Very sorry to hear JoEllen is gone from us now. Physically she was of strong build, and mentally too until her last few years. She often spoke of the ambience of the High School and clearly began to miss all of this after her retirement. With her background, JoEllen was naturally a good reader, speaker and conversationalist. We have all missed her during her last few years and she will always be remembered for her liveliness. Brian Potter
Margaret Potter left a message on March 10, 2008:
Joellen M. Donkle Nov. 11 1925 - March 6, 2008. Memories of Jo Ellen JoEllen was always trying to analyze life, writing poetry, helping slow learners in the Michigan City schools, active in the League of Women Voters. I once accompanied her to a forum on womens rights at Notre Dame University. She had an inquiring mind. Jo Ellen liked boating with her husband; and as Lew aged she worried about him scaling the heights of their boat. She was enthusiastic when they took the boat all the way from Michigan City to the East Coast, where they finally sold it. Jo Ellen enjoyed all the other wonderful travels she and Lew took over the years, specially enjoyed going to Montreal and to the site of Expo and was interested in the French- English debate at that time. Years later when they visited Australia she enjoyed going to see the Aborigines and depicting their ancient culture which she tried hard to understand. Locally she enjoyed going to pick blueberries, and to the musical concerts where her grandson played an instrument in the summer concerts in Washington Park, and she enjoyed going to Florida and scuba diving there. Jo Ellen celebrated a lovely 50th wedding party and she leaves me with many fine memories. Margaret Potter.
Scott, Martha, Megan & Sarah Stubbs & Roz Conn left a message on March 10, 2008:
Lou and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. I recall the last time we saw Joellen was in New Hampshire, she came to visit our family at Blacky's Cove on Lake Winnipasaukee. We loved to listen to her stories of her travels, adventures and her love for teaching. She was a remarkable lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Scott, Martha, Megan and Sarah Stubbs and Roz Conn
Missy and Ken Alexander left a message on March 9, 2008:
Dear Lou, Ken and I were saddened to hear of Joellen's passing. Heidi kept us up to date on her health. Our prayers are with you and your family. It is appropriate that you are having a memorial to celebrate her life. She lived and loved life to its fullest. We feel blessed to have been a small part of her life. Respectfully, Missy and Ken
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Lynn Wittig left a message on March 8, 2008:
I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a spectacular teacher. I was a student of hers in the late 1970's at Barker Jr. High.
Geisen Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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