Donna J. Garrett, 87, of Wooster passed away on Friday, April 21, 2023, at Wooster Community Hospital.
She was born November 14, 1935, in Wooster, the daughter of Walter C. and Stella Lucille Canankamp Kauffman. On April 12, 1959, she married Howard “Frank” Garrett. He preceded her in death on June 11, 2022.
Donna was a homemaker the majority of her life. She enjoyed gardening, baking, and having family gatherings at the farm. Donna spent many years working at the flower building and the information booth at the Wayne County Fair. She was a member of the Plain Lutheran Church, County Line Historical Society of Wayne & Holmes County, Wayne County Historical Society, Penn-Ohio Model A Club, Copus Hill Model A Club, Blachleyville Florette Garden Club, The Shreve Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Kaiser-Frazer Car Club.
Surviving are her children Lisa (Roger) Kamp of Wooster, Debra Wengerd of Vermillion, Beth (Paul) Murphy of Wooster, and daughter-in-law Patricia Garrett of Wooster; grandchildren Kirsten Wengerd, Corey (Brit) Wengerd, Logan Garrett, and Stella Murphy; sisters-in-law Sherry Kauffman, Ellen Kauffman, and Janet Kauffman.
In addition to her husband, Frank, Donna was preceded in death by her son Craig Garrett; son-in-law Gary Wengerd; and brothers DuWayne Kauffman, Harold Dean Kauffman, and Gerald Kauffman.
Private family services were held at Plain Lutheran Church. Burial followed at Plain Lutheran Cemetery.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, is assisting the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Plain Lutheran Church, c/o Marilyn Balint, 2020 Springville Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff in the TCU unit at Wooster Community Hospital for the compassionate care given to Donna.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
So very sorry for your loss
So sorry for your loss. God bless you all.
So sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my prayers.
So very sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family.
Very sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. She and Frank raised a beautiful family.
Praying peace and comfort,
Very sorry for your loss. prayers and hugs.
Your parents were the kindest people. I loved to see them when they would come into the bank. Frank would always come in to tell me he was “Partly cloudy” and bring in some of Sweet Donna’s amazing sugar cookies! They were the salt of the earth. It’s never easy losing a parent but my thoughts and prayers are with you all that God wraps his loving arms around you and brings you peace and comfort.
Sorry sorry for you and your family
So very sorry for your loss keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers
Johnny and Karen Baughan
We were sorry to read the sad news about Donna. Hopefully you have many good memories of her life to help you through this sad time. Our sincere condolences to the family.
I am so very sorry for your loss. Sympathies to the entire family.
One of our memories will be of Donna being in the flower building at the fair. Her and Doris always seem to have so much fun doing flowers and laughing. She did such a wonderful job of writing the minutes for all the clubs she belonged to. Donna and Frank were wonderful people to be around. May memories give you peace.
Lisa and Roger,
We’re very sorry and pray your memories bring comfort. Prayers going up.
Frank and Donna, two of the kindest, sweetest people I’ve ever known and now they are together again. My sincere condolences to the Garret family in their loss of Donna and thanks for all the memories.
Heartfelt sympathy to you all.
Love and hugs ~
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers…
We are so sorry to hear this!! Your mom
Was just the sweetest and always had a smile!! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this difficult time!!!
So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. I can only think that Frank was waiting for her and they did a jig around the dance floor! I have fond memories of both of them and especially Franks jokes. Prayers and thoughts are with you and the entire family! Lots of Love and hugs!
So sorry for your loss, Frank & Donna were two of the nicest people to be around.
My heart goes out to you and the entire Garrett family. Your mom was a gem and I always loved her friendly smile when I saw her. Take care during this difficult time.
Our sincerest sympathy to all of your family. I remember well Donna
in the Home Economics building always seem to be having a great time. And when being together while our teens were competing in square dance competitions she was always so very friendly & made us newcomers welcome. Our thoughts & prayers will remain with you all.
Deepest sympathy to the Garrett family. My Mom, Doris, and Donna were great friends for many, many years. I grew up with this honorable, loving family. I always considered Donna as my second Mom. She was such a sweet, kind woman and it’s a huge privilege to have been in the Garrett family’s lives. Much love to you all..
Donna is now at PEACE with the LORD (or Great One Above) and with Frank!
She was a wonderful person, living next to my Grandparents out of Springville.
Oh how I miss the times their family and the Appleman’s got together for THANKSGIVING
and other times!
My PEACE and CONDOLENCES to ALL the FAMILY and LOVED ONES!
Jim (or Jimmy as I was know back then) to Everyone
Wow, THE GARRETTS really helped Grandpa APPPLEMAN on the farmer operations in the field cropping
We are sorry for the loss of your mother Donna. She was so dedicated to our garden club and taking minutes. Many years working with flowers at the Wayne County Fair. She and Frank were wonderful people in our community and will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy to Garrett family.
Loved Donna! She was always so warm and welcoming; she and Frank were a special couple. My sympathy to their family.
Another one of our “Moms” that kept all us kids in line. Give Craig a hug for me.
So sorry to read of Donna’s passing. My deepest sympathies to family and friends. Remember the good times and take care of each other. God bless and keep.
Sending much love and comfort to the family. May good memories help you thru this tremendous loss.
So very sorry for your loss.
Prayers of comfort & strength being sent your way🙏🏻
Girls, so sorry about your mom. She was so great. She would get me to babysit Lisa and Deb when you were little, she taught me how to make potato chip cookies, she always had a hug for me when I would come home on breaks from college. Your family was so great, it was fun watching you kids grow up.
My sincerest sympathy
Sorry to hear about Donna, many fun days at Homemakers.
To Patty and family. It was so sad to read your sad news regarding Donna. I never got to meet her, living as I do in the UK, but Patty always used to update me on all her family news in our correspondence. From all the fine tributes written here, it seemed she (and Frank) were wonderful people who will be forever loved and missed by many. Life’s work well done. God Bless them and those who grieve.
I knew Donna back before 1946 when we lived on S. Elyria Rd. and she lived in Reedsburg. I went to school with her & DuWayne in Reedsburg for 2 1/2 yrs. Then again in Jeromesville . Richard also know the family when he was younger too. We both square danced to DuWayne’s calling dances. She was a wonderful person, always smiling & had a good word for everyone. She will be missed by many. Dwight also sends his condolences to the family. Thelma (Reed) Geitgey.