July 23, 1943 – August 23, 2018

HURON — Donna J. (Bodnar) Brinker, 75, residing in Huron, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday evening, Aug. 23, 2018, after a graceful and courageous journey with ALS.

Donna was born July 23, 1943 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Michael and Jean P. (Tarolli) Bodnar.

Donna was a 1961 graduate from Port Clinton High School. She was a first assist surgical nurse at Knox Community Hospital. Donna was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Port Clinton and former member of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Mount Vernon. She was a lecturer and Eucharistic minister at both churches. She was a member and officer of the Town & Country Garden Club, a member of Down to Earth Garden Club, Psi Iota Xi Sorority and the Sandusky Sailing Club. Donna was an avid gardener and enjoyed sailing, both cruising and racing. She liked to travel and spend time with her family and friends. Donna was an excellent cook, wonderful wife, mother, aunt and friend. She loved hosting all types of social gatherings. Donna lived her life with dignity and lots of laughter.

Donna is survived by her husband, Jim Brinker, whom she married Jan. 6, 1968. She is also survived by her mother, Jean; daughters, Stacey (Jeffrey) Witter of Sandusky and Jen (Rachel McCloskey) Brinker of Columbus; five step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Donna is preceded in death by her father, Michael.

Friends may call Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, from 5-8 p.m. at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 414 Madison St., Port Clinton. Father John Missler will officiate. Private burial will be held at a later date in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Nehemiah Partners of Sandusky, PO Box 1880, Sandusky, OH, Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, 44870, The ALS Association, 6155 Rockside Road, 403, Independence, OH 44131 or to one’s favorite charity.

Condolences may be shared online at www.grofffuneralhomes.com.


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