Donna Corbett Posted: 2022-06-22 08:59:13

Donna Corbett

Obituary

Donna Lee Corbett, 75, died Monday June 20th, 2022, at White Oaks of Huntley, Illinois. She was a loving Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.

Donna was born on October 11th, 1945, in Lyons, Illinois, the daughter of Vernon and Dorothy (nee Turner) Zielke. Donna was at one time a Bell Telephone operator and a retail specialist in the children’s department at Marshall Field’s where she met many life-long friends. She finished her working years as a customer service representative at Williams-Manny for almost two decades, and again enjoyed a large group of co-working friends. Prior to her brief move to Huntley, Donna had been a resident of Rockford, Illinois for over 40 years. Donna loved her pool, her flowers, and her backyard squirrels as she fed them peanuts in the winter. She enjoyed dancing, and was always more concerned about doing something for others than having something done for her.

Donna is survived by her sons Brian (Erin) Hayes of Dundee, Illinois, and David (Sarah) Hayes of Louisville, Kentucky. Stepdaughter Jennifer (Chuck) Zaluckyj of Belvidere, Illinois; step-grandchildren Olivia and Hayden whom she loved so very much; stepbrother in-law Joe (Lynne) Corbett of Phoenix, Arizona; cousins that were like sisters and great friends in Joy Berberek and Linda Fields of San Antonio, Texas, sister Janet (Rick) Stafford of Lyons, Illinois, and very special friend Nancy (Charles) Geringer of Rockford, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to White Oaks of Huntley for their professional and kind care during this difficult time.
Memorials to Poor Clares Corpus Christi Monastery, 2111 South Main Street, Rockford, IL 61102-3591.

For further information please contact the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or online condolences may be directed to www.defiorefuneral.com

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Rachel 2022-06-22 22:11:47

I’ve heard countless lovely stories about Donna from her son Brian. I wish I could have told her the she raised a wonderful man. Her family is in my thoughts and I hope she’s enjoying feeding all the squirrels in heaven.

Kendra Asbury 2022-06-22 22:16:00

Brian and Erin, I'm so sorry for your loss. Brian, you are were so dedicated to taking care of your mom, and I'm glad you could spend so much time with her when you moved back from Indy. It was meant to be. Much peace and many fond memories to you.

Chris and Nancy Hepp 2022-06-22 22:50:28

It’s somewhat odd to feel we knew Donna by knowing her son Brian. But this is proof that good people follow in the footsteps of their parents. Brian and Erin, our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and of course Donna. These last few years have been difficult, but you can be certain she is smiling down on you now. God Bless, Chris and Nancy Hepp

Rosanne & Dave Fortmeyer 2022-06-22 23:08:32

Skippy & Erin - appreciate the stories you’ve told. Goodbyes are hard so I hope it helps to know you have so many friends supporting you with prayer. Much Love, R & D.

Rosanne & Dave Fortmeyer 2022-06-22 23:36:17

Skippy & Erin - appreciate the stories you’ve told. Goodbyes are hard so I hope it helps to know you have so many friends supporting you with prayer. Much Love, R & D.

Cliff and Helga 2022-06-23 05:49:16

We never had the honor of meeting your mother in person. We only were able to know her through your loving stories about her. However, we know you, Brian, and we know your character. Your mother must have been a delightful person because she made you a loving, caring and thoughtful person.

Marina and Pat Brandonisio 2022-06-23 09:16:56

Brian & Erin, so very sorry to hear about your moms passing. Brian I know how much you adored your mom. May she Rest In Peace. Our love to you and Erin during this difficult time.

Karen Hammer Murphy 2022-06-23 16:27:19

I worked with Donna at Williams-Manny. My condolences on her passing, she was a well liked lady.

Marina and Pat Brandonisio 2022-06-23 17:21:42

Brian & Erin, so very sorry to hear about your moms passing. Brian I know how much you adored your mom. May she Rest In Peace. Our love to you and Erin during this difficult time.

Linda Turner Fields 2022-06-23 17:58:39

I’m deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and cousin, Donna. We had such a wonderful childhood living two doors down from each other. I know she is now with her love, Jim, in Heaven! I’ll miss our talks. Prayers for her sweet family during this very difficult time.

Steve Thompson 2022-06-23 22:46:45

Dear Brian, I know you've had to navigate unfamiliar paths as your Mom journeyed through her final years. It is good that you were there to also boldly face this challenge. Though unwanted, this circumstance has brought many including me who count it a privilege to have shared life with you. We grieve with you. I pray that God will bring you and members of your family comfort as you recall fond memories of your Mom.

Rachel 2022-06-24 07:44:19

I’ve heard countless lovely stories about Donna from her son Brian. I wish I could have told her the she raised a wonderful man. Her family is in my thoughts and I hope she’s enjoying feeding all the squirrels in heaven.

Joy Berberek 2022-06-27 13:25:17

Donna Lee was not only my wonderful cousin, but a best friend growing up down the street to my sister and me. We had so much fun together. Later on as we grew up we still stayed in touch and had some fantastic phone calls and visits. I will miss her. Praying for comfort for her boys and her extended family members. Thankful she is dancing again in heaven with her beloved Jim.

Linda Turner Fields 2022-06-27 20:05:49

I’m deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and cousin, Donna. We had such a wonderful childhood living two doors down from each other. I know she is now with her love, Jim, in Heaven! I’ll miss our talks. Prayers for her sweet family during this very difficult time.

Nancy And Chris Hepp 2022-07-01 19:30:24

Erin and Skippy, We know how difficult it has been watching your mom lose her battle to such a horrible disease. You were both so courageous in this journey supporting and loving your mom through it all. She can now rest. You both can enjoy the memories of her beautiful life! We love you both and have been thinking and praying for you daily!

Scott and Angie Brown 2022-07-05 14:21:04

Dear Hayes Brothers and Family, Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mom. We know there is no time limit on missing someone so special and loving in your life. You all are still in our thoughts and prayers. I'm sure you will have many tears, smiles, and laughs remembering all the special times. Donna will be missed, but we know she is at peace now. Lots of love and hugs from Illinois. Love you guys!! Scott, Angie, Jocelyn, and Alayna Brown