Pinkelman, Karen Donahue

Written by David Green.

Karen Donahue Pinkelman, 44, of Lyons, Ohio, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

She was born Sept. 1, 1965, in Wauseon, the daughter of “Wink” and “Sue” (Mizer) Frantz.  On Sept. 10, 1983, in Chesterfield Twp., Ohio, she married Dennis Donahue. He preceded her in death March 27, 2006.  On April 24, 2010, in Swanton, Ohio, she married Tim Pinkelman and he survives.

Karen was a lifelong Lyons area resident and was a graduate of the Evergreen High School class of 1983.  She worked at the Lyons Hair Salon in Lyons for many years.

Karen is described as a “the glass is half full” person who was always giving to others. Her passions in life were her family, friends, and running.  After she lost her first husband, Dennis Donahue, she started a “Trot for the Track” event which was a huge part of the new track at the Evergreen High School. Her life has touched many people from young to old.

Besides her husband, Karen is survived by a daughter, Taryn Donahue of Lyons; two sons, Brandon (and Andrea Abbott) Donahue of Lyons and Blake Donahue of Lyons; step-children, Lexie, Mackenzie, Shelbie and Logan Pinkelman; two sisters, Debby (and Rick) Gleckler of Wauseon and Lynne (and Kenneth) Shadbolt of Morenci, Mich.; two brothers, Jeffrey (and Lori) Frantz of Clinton, Mich., and Michael Frantz of Morenci; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Kitty Donahue of Lyons; step-father, Bud Spencer of St. Helen, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her first husband, Dennis Donahue, Karen was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Nash Donahue.

Funeral services are planned at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at Evergreen High School (south of Metamora, Ohio) with Pastor Brent Pomroy and Pastor Mitch Maxted officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the school.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Funeral arrangements were made through the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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