WOOSTER Donna Rae Wilcox (Brouse), beloved wife of Gregory DaleWilcox and mother of Melissa Dawn (Ziogas) and Sheri Ann (Johnson), was born on December 23, 1952, the daughter of Beatrice L. Putzier and James H. Brouse of Oberlin, Ohio. Known to many in Wooster as a successful realtor and a past president of the Wooster Emblem Club #374, Donna spent much of her life in dedication to Wooster as well as her family.
Donna was born in Elyria, Ohio and raised in Oberlin. Her father James worked in the Ford Plant and her mother Beatrice was a local beautician. In the early 1960 s Donna, along with her twin brother Donald of Coshocton and her sister Deborah (Venneri) of Baden, Pennsylvania, moved to Nelsonville, Ohio where James ran a successful motel and nightclub, The Villa Club, as well as a local landfill.
Donna graduated from Nelsonville-York High School in 1971. She then attended Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville, Ohio as a nursing student where she met the love of her life, Greg. The two were soon married in 1971.
After moving nearly a dozen times in the first few years of their marriage, Donna and Greg settled in Wooster, Ohio, in 1973. Donna worked in several retail positions until her first daughter Melissa was born in 1975 and her second daughter Sheri was born in 1979.
Donna received her real estate license in 1985 and then worked diligently to help hundreds of people relocate to Wooster until 1997 when she retired after receiving numerous accolades and designations including being a Million Dollar Producer several times. In her retirement, in 1999 she formed a successful arts and crafts business, The Raspberry and the Rose, with her daughter Melissa. Donna traveled to art shows and craft fairs throughout Ohio and surrounding states.
In her personal life, Donna enjoyed reading and drawing. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, Andy, Jonathan and Charlotte Ziogas of Medina, Ohio and Alexander and Abigail Johnson of Independence, Missouri.
Donna Wilcox passed away on June 4, 2012 at her home in Wooster after an extended battle with cancer. She will be missed deeply by all who knew her, but her legacy will survive in all whose lives she touched.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Wooster Cemetery Chapel for friends and family.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006. (300) 99-CANCER. http://www.cancerresearch.org.
Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006. (800) 99-CANCER, http://www.cancerrearch.org.
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Wooster Cemetery Chapel
No calling hours