Donna Mae Kenowski, 84, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on December 18, 2014.
She was born in Milwaukee, WI on January 4, 1930 to Henry and Ruby Hamelin. She married Hubert Kenowski Sept. 30, 1950. Donna worked as a food service assistant at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI for many years. After retirement, her favorite place was her chair at the kitchen table. From there she would read, watch the birds, dispense wisdom, lend money and analyze the news. Donna’s favorite books were “The Ivory Mischief,” “Forever Amber,” and “Gone with the Wind.” She loved her peacocks, and watching hummingbirds and pileated woodpeckers. Her favorite pastimes were watching “Jeopardy” and doing crossword puzzles. She enjoyed opera, especially “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata” and “La Boheme.” Donna’s sense of humor and zest for living inspired everyone. She would often exclaim, “I can’t wait to see what happens next!” She was a loyal and loving wife to Hubert for over 50 years and a wonderful mother to five children. She had twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Each one was her favorite and she offered guidance and encouragement to all.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert, two brothers, Tom and Bruce Hamelin. She is survived by her sons, John (Peggy), Waupaca, WI; Paul (Kris) Oshkosh, WI and daughters, Cindy (Larry) Stinnett, Garland TX; Kathy (Wally) Kenitz, Waupaca, WI; and Christine Anderson, Waupaca; also a brother, Joe Hamelin and two sisters, Rose Meyer and Sharon Wunderlich, as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at Victory Church in Waupaca at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014, with Rev. Philip Thompson, officiating. After the luncheon, interment will follow at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Town Stockton, Portage Co.. WI. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca. She will be greatly missed. Her smile and grace will live on in the hearts and minds of many.