Donna Sue (Abell) Koester

Born: Wed., Jul. 7, 1937
Died: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 20, 2019
Location: Ridgway Location

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 21, 2019
Location: St. Kateri Catholic Church

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Donna S. Koester, 82, of Ridgway, Illinois, passed away after an extended illness on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 11:05 a.m. at the Villas of Holly Brook in Harrisburg.  Donna was born in Ridgway on July 7, 1937 to the late James J. And Leona F. (Naas) Abell.  She married the love of her life, Ralph Anthony Koester on August 21, 1956.   Ralph preceded her in death on December 28, 2002.  Donna was loved by her friends, family and church family.  She was an active member of the St. Kateri Catholic Church and Alter Society.  Also, she was well known as a wonderful seamstress and a loving babysitter for her grandchildren.  Ralph and Donna were avid gardeners.  Donna retired in 1998 after twenty-four years with the Gallatin County Cooperative Extension.  She also volunteered for the Ferrell Hospital Auxiliary after the passing of her husband.  Donna is survived by her daughter, Lisa and James Anderson of Raleigh; her son, Pat and Keri Koester of Ridgway; one sister, Janet and Pat O’Leary of Fallbrook, California; two brothers, Raymond and Marge Abell of Taylor, Alabama, David and Linda Abell of Pana; seven grandchildren, Adam and Rachel Anderson of Eldorado, Larren and Jim Maloney of Newburgh, Indiana, Austin Koester and Brittany Patton of Shawneetown, Mason and Ashley Koester of Harrisburg, Jared Jackson and Jordan Darnell of Harrisburg, Karlie Jackson of Harrisburg, Molly Koester of Rock Hill, South Carolina; five great grandchildren, Cale Anderson, Abell Maloney, Isabella Koester, Genesis Koester, and Journee Jackson.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Paul Koester; four sisters, Mary Ellen Neumann, Joann Hays, Doris Pickering, Rita Armstrong; two brothers, William J. and James Michael Abell.  Visitation for Donna will be on Friday, December 20th from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Ridgway.  Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 21st at 11 a.m. at St. Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway.  Father Steven Beatty, Msgr. Joseph Lawler, Father Christian Iwuagwu will be officiating the service.  Burial will be at the St. Joseph Cemetery near Ridgway.  Donations in Donna’s memory can be made to St. Kateri Building Fund or Altar Society.  

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Debbie Febuary Via
   Posted Wed December 18, 2019
Lisa, Pat & families,
You have my heartfelt sympathy.

   Posted Wed December 18, 2019
So sorry for your loss.

John Gardner
   Posted Wed December 18, 2019
Sorry for your loss Pat and family!

Barb and Rich
   Posted Wed December 18, 2019
To Lisa and Jim, Pat and Keri and families - You have our deepest sympathy. Donna was a wonderfully sweet, kind, generous lady. We never heard an unkind word from her or about her. She was a joy to be around and her gentle spirit was loved by all of us.
We are so very sorry that we will not be able to attend visitation or the funeral, but please know of our heartfelt prayers and love for you and your families. God bless you all.

Bill Jones
   Posted Thu December 19, 2019
A big loss A great Lady

Cathy Riley Mattox
   Posted Thu December 19, 2019
So so sorry for the loss of your mom, Lisa & Pat! She was definitely one of a kind, so talented, & kind, a great neighbor as I grew up. May God bless your family! Love & blessings to all those that lived her!

Reed and Cindy Garrett
   Posted Thu December 19, 2019
We’re so sorry to hear of Mom’s passing. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as we extend our sincerest sympathies. This is my first Christmas ever without my Mom too.

Donna Scheppe
   Posted Fri December 20, 2019
What a great lady moving on to a better place. Donna was a special friend to me through Cooperative Extension and through our families- a lot of card playing Friday nights at the Koester or Wargel homes. God bless all of you family members.
Donna Scheppe

Pat McDonald
   Posted Fri December 20, 2019
David and Linda:
Sorry to hear about your loss. It is hard to lose a sibling, too. Our David is now the last of his family after losing his sister in late October.

Joy Richey
   Posted Fri December 20, 2019
Chuck and I are sorry for your loss. Donna was a super nice person, and we both enjoyed working with her through U of I Extension. She helped us both a lot. We are sorry to be unable to attend the visitation or funeral, but know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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