Donna M. Williams
LEAF RIVER — Donna M. Williams, 93, of Leaf River, died Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon. Donna the daughter of Herbert and Mary (Brookman) Tholen was born May 21, 1929, in her parent’s home in Egan, Illinois. Donna graduated from Leaf River High School in 1947. She married Robert R. Williams December 6, 1947, in Silver Creek Reformed Church in German Valley, where she became a member in 1951. Donna was a partner with her husband while farming in the German Valley and Egan areas for most of her life. Donna and Robert were married for 64 years before his passing on January 12, 2012. She enjoyed being a homemaker, seamstress, gardener, and interior decorator. Donna and her husband were members of the Silver Creek Engine Club. Donna also enjoyed helping her children with school, 4H and FFA projects. Donna is survived by two sons, Richard (Shelly) Williams and Robin (Annette) Williams both of Leaf River; two daughters, Shirley Poggioli of Leaf River and Lorraine Williams of Freeport; daughter-in-law, Cathy Williams of Byron; 15 grandchildren Justin (Janelle)Williams, Jamie(Shannon) Williams and their children, Owen and Paityn Williams, Andrew (Haley) Stark and their children, Kylie Schilling, Skylar Loring, and Trinity Stark, Nicholas Poggioli, Whitney (Andy)Mulrooney and their children, Mason and Callan Mulrooney, Ryan (Jennifer) Williams and their children, River and Junie Williams, Reid Williams, Ross (Hannah) Williams and their daughter, Luxdani Williams, Sage (Justin)Widmer and their children, Jonas and Lillie Widmer, Franklin Liska, Abby Liska, David Liska, Ashley Williams, Alex Williams, and Lacie Williams; Donna was also excited for an additional great-granddaughter who is expected in October. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, husband, oldest son, Russell in 2010; her sister Carol Ryan in 2014 and her son-in-law Rodney Poggioli in 2019. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held this summer. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Donna’s memory. Donna’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Serenity Hospice and Home for the compassionate and loving care they provided during the last month of her life.