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Sharon Donnell

Ruth Sharon Donnell, (nee Bordewisch), 77, of Gainsville, GA, died December 21, 2019, in 3857 Windsor Trail. She was born May 15, 1942, in East Carondelet, IL.

Sharon is survived by children Ed (Laurie) Donnell & Jennifer (Ken) Helfrich, grandchildren Isaac (Christina) Donnell, Regan Donnell, Eric (Kaylee) Helfrich, and Alex Helfrich, sisters Karon (Roy) Bicklein, LaVerne Brinkmann, Viola Linke, brother-in-law David Owen, nieces, nephews, as well as many other family members & friends

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Donnell, her parents Clifford & Alma (nee Weissenborn) Bordewisch, Sr. and her brother Clifford Bordewisch, Jr. 

Sharon lived for many years in Waterloo as well as St. Louis, Florida, and Georgia.  Sharon was a member of Monroe Chapter #597 of The Order of the Eastern Star in Columbia, IL and The Order of the White Shrine #102.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Seasons Hospice Foundation
8537 Solution Center
Chicago, IL 60677
or online at  www.seasonsfoundation.org/donate/

4 PM to 8 PM Friday, January 3, 2020 at Quernheim Funeral Home
9 AM until time of service Saturday at Quernheim Funeral Home

10 AM Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
Pastor Steve Neill officiating
Interment at Deer Hill Cemetery in Waterloo, IL

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Sending my sympathy and love to Ed and Jennifer along with your families at this difficult time. I wanted to come to visitation to give you each a hug but had company already coming for a post holiday gathering both last night and today. I hoped to make stopping by fit into the schedule but unfortunately could not make it, so I wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers this week along the days and months to come. Hugs and sympathy, Kathy Hirsch Horn

Kathy Horn Jan 4 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Ed and Jennifer,
I feel so bad that I was not able to ride out with Marsha and Doug, but I also know that you understand why. I loved Aunt Sharon with all my heart. She and your dad were always top notch hosts when we would go visit. I remember the time we were staying with them on a Easter weekend. She heard little Cliff crying "but mom, the Easter bunny knows I don't like chocolate ". She immediately sent your dad out to get him. some candy that he would eat.There are so many more stories like that, but I guess my point is, that's the wonderful kind of woman that she was. We had such a fantastic day down in Atlanta. 12 solid hours of visiting and she never faded once. It felt a little surreal because I never had the opportunity to tell someone that we knew was going to pass, goodbye before. I asked her to tell Red how much I still missed her and loved her when she got to Heaven, and she assured me that she would. Give my love to Laurie and Ken along with all the kids. I really love guys so, and it hurts not to be there, but I do believe that she is in much better place, and happy to be with Uncle Gary. I know what a tough time y'all are going through, , but I also know that you are surrounded by a loving family and a loving God.
With all my love forever,

Clifford Henry Bordewisch, III Jan 3 2020 12:00 AM

Ed, Jennifer, Karon and Roy, and family,
Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother. We are deeply saddened. So many family memories shared.Prayers for comfort and peace.
Don and Jodi Raitt Doerr

Jodi Raitt Doerr Jan 2 2020 12:00 AM

I will always remember the many fun meals we shared, the nerve-wracking fear the first time I got to stir the Apple butter kettle and the warm and wonderful family stories that came out during Trivial Pursuit marathon games. I'll remember her Everytime time I have Apple butter. May God welcome Sharon home and reunite her with Gary.

Tony Rivera Dec 30 2019 12:00 AM