Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
July 4, 2013 12:27 am EDT


DANVILLE — Donna M. Staats, 81, passed away with her family on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the Colonial Manor Health Care Center in Loudonville.

She was born Jan. 1, 1932, in Mount Vernon to Ronald F. and Grace (Eby) Workman. On Aug. 23, 1953, she married Neil Staats. She was a member of the North Bend Church of the Brethren and the Women’s Fellowship Group. She worked for a short time as a secretary for the Danville High School and also at Cooper-Bessemer. She spent most of her life as a homemaker, milking cows and working on the farm with her family. She loved baking, playing organ and piano, and also riding the motorcycle.

Donna is survived by her husband, Neil, of Danville; her children, Paul (Mary Lou) Staats of Danville and Denise (Mark) O’Donell of Killbuck; grandchildren, Doug (Lindsey) Staats of Howard, Ashley (Kevin) Wittel of Danville, Nathan (Andrea) Staats of Danville, Katie (Taylor) Faunce of Coshocton and Garrett O’Donell of Killbuck; five great-grandchildren, Alayna, Carter, Tessa, Taylor and Melina; brothers, David Workman and Dean (Rita) Workman; a sister-in-law, Martha Staats; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-mother, Florence Workman; a sister-in-law, Shirley Workman; and a brother-in-law, Ned Staats.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the North Bend Church, 24458 Orange Hill Road, Danville. Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate. Burial will follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery on Chapel Road. Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville.

Memorial donations can be made to Gideons International at, or cards will be available at services, and to the Women’s Fellowship Group at North Bend Church.

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