Donna Marie Thomas

Birth Date: 
Sunday, October 10, 1937
Date of Passing: 
Saturday, July 10, 2021

Donna Marie (Diehl) Thomas of Wooster, Ohio went to be with the lord on July 10th, 2021.  Donna was born on October 10th 1937 in Everett, Pennsylvania to Merle Diehl and Vera and Charles May (all deceased). She had one sister Betty Diehl (deceased).

Donna grew up in Everett, Pennsylvania and graduated from Everett High School.  In high school, she was a majorette and participated in Band and Choir.  Because Donna always had a dream of becoming a nurse, she pursued her dream at St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Clarksburg, West Virginia and graduated as a Registered Nurse.  She then later moved to Cleveland to work at University Hospital.

Donna had met Gordon in Clarksburg, West Virginia.  While both were in school, they dated when time permitted and later married in 1960. 

Donna has two daughters Valarie VanTilburg of Columbus, Ohio and Vickie Thomas Januska (son in-law John Januska) of North Ridgeville, Ohio.  She has 5 grandchildren (Nicole, Brittany, Zachary, Connor and Logan) and 3 great grandchildren (Haidyn, Nash and Nora).

Donna also has a niece Shelba Purtle of Pennsylvania and a nephew Gene Feight of Virginia

 The family moved to Wooster in 1970 where Donna worked as a nurse for 34 years at Wooster Community Hospital in various roles.   When not working, she enjoyed many different activities such as Square Dancing, Motorcycle riding, and traveling to new and favorite places.    Donna was known for always enjoying life, being positive and never meeting a stranger.   Donna was an active member of the First Church of God with her husband Gordon. 

Donna and Gordon, her husband (surviving) would have been married 61 years next month.   Together they made the family complete, separate; they will one day meet again.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster with Pastor Arnie Kaufman officiating. 

Friends will be received one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Those who wish may make contributions to the First Church of God, 1953 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at  

Memorial Contributions: 

First Church of God, 1953 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691


One hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.


Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home


Gordon- my heartfelt sympathy at the loss of Donna. I enjoyed getting to know Donna through First Church of God TNT Sunday School class. She was always smiling and laughing and had a kind word for everyone. You were such an wonderful couple! Rest in the comfort that you will be reunited one day.

Our sincere sympathy to Gordie and the whole family. Donna was a very pleasant lady, full of fun and love for her family.
She will be missed by many.

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Donna was a kind and loving soul. Prayers and hugs for you and girls and families.

My deepest sympathy to the entire family! I remember her love for Elvis, square dancing and riding with Mr. Thomas. I spent a many of hours at their home as a little girl and they were just like another set of parents! There is no doubt, she will be terribly missed by all! May you all find comfort in knowing how many people she touched professionally and personally in such a special way.

Gordie and Family.. So very sorry for your loss. Donna will sure be missed. I have so many good memories of her. Prayers for you all.

The Thonmas Family, we will miss Donna. Your family will always be apart of ours. So many wonderful memories we have shared. Our prayers go out to you all.

Sympathy to all the family. I worked with Donna at Wooster Hospital. She was a good nurse and I always enjoyed working with her. Again my sympathy to all

Prayers and thoughts to the family and Vickie. Loved working with both of them at Wooster Hospital. Donna was one of the most kind and patient person and touched many lives.

My hometown is Clarksburg WV. When St Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing closed. The RN Nursing program transferred to Salem College. I graduated from Salem College as an RN in 1971. I wish I could have met Donna. But our paths never crossed here in Wooster. My deepest condolences to her family.

Gordon and family,sincere sympathy for your loss of Donna.She was a wonderful caring lady. She is wrapped in the arms of Jesus now and at peace . Prayers for all.

So sorry to hear. We remember all the good times dancing and motorcycle rides. Rest in peace.

Sympathy to all the family. I worked with Donna at WCH - she always had a smile and was eager to help patients & their families. She was a great member of our team and I have good memories of the time we spent working together.

I was very sorry to hear about Donna. I worked with her at WCH for many years. I enjoyed working with her. I remember her talking about square dancing and how she enjoyed it. She will be missed.

Sincere condolences to family & friends. I had the pleasure of working with Donna at WCH. She was a caring, loving person. My life is richer having known her. She will be missed. Peace to your hearts. Sincerely, Lynette Geitgey

Donna was one of my dearest high school friends. I will miss her very much. Class of 1955

I have such fond memories working together with Donna at Wooster Hospital. She loved caring for her patients. My condolence to the family.

Sending our love to Vickie and family.

i worked with donna at wch several years in patient areas. she was a well liked and respected health care worker and helped so many.i enjoyed working with her and i am sure her family will miss her.

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