Ina Jane's Story
Ina Jane Donner (nee Lewis), 84, a lifelong resident of West Middlesex, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, after a long illness, surrounded by all her children.
She was raised in a farm household in New Wilmington, a daughter of Glenn and Margaret "Peg" Lewis.
Her true love was her family.
She was married to Edward Donner, also of West Middlesex, for 54 years until his death in 2006 at the age of 78. Mr. Donner was a carpenter.
In addition to being a homemaker, Ina was a rural letter carrier for the West Middlesex Post Office for 25 years. She will be remembered as the local "mail lady" to many of the town's residents.
She was a lifelong member of the Pulaski Presbyterian Church and was also active in her later years with the West Middlesex Presbyterian Church.
Ina graduated from New Wilmington High School in 1951.
A very social person, she had a great sense of humor and a quick laugh. She was an avid card player with the local Harvester's Club, loved to bowl with her bowling league and competed in many bowling tournaments.
She encouraged her children's musical interests in high school and was president of the local West Middlesex High School Band Boosters in the early 1970s.
Having learned many valuable skills on the farm, Ina was an accomplished sewer, canner and cook. Her children and grandchildren will especially miss her world-class coleslaw, zesty sauerkraut and delicious kolachi rolls.
In addition, Ina loved taking trips to many places around the world with her husband and her children, especially to Bogota, Colombia, to visit Axel Jordan, an exchange student who lived with her family while he was in high school.
She is survived by her four children (and their spouses), Rick Donner (Robert Logan), Dennis Donner (Susan), Martin Donner and Gail Werner (Philip). She is also survived by her four grandchildren (Rachel, Lisa, Drew and Danielle) and three great-grandchildren (Kent, Harper and Carmen). In addition, she had many nephews and nieces in her large and loving extended family for whom she was always "Aunt Ina."
Visiting hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Smith's Funeral Home, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington
A funeral service will follow at noon Saturday at the funeral home.
Ina was coherent to the end and accepted death with grace. A classic mother to the end, she waited until all her children could encircle her at her bedside. She acknowledged that her life was full of love and happiness and wonderful friendships. She said she looked forward to reconnecting with her late husband, Ed. She will be sorely missed by her family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory have been suggested to Butler Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Way, Butler, PA 16001. The hospital staff did a wonderful job of taking good care of our mother in her last days.
Published on June 14, 2017