Donna Gene (Kisseberth) Borland, 92, of Lyons, Ohio., died Oct. 30, 2016, at home.
She was born Feb. 14, 1924, in a campground near the San Diego Zoo to Rollie and Nellie (Diemer) Kisseberth.
Donna’s philosophy was “Make your life full from beginning to end – do things!” and she did.
Her sense of adventure was shown through her many travels across the states—including all 50 states—Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Europe. On a trip to Brueberg, Germany, she visited the Kisseberth Castle.
Donna taught her children and grandchildren the joy of learning about nature, the beauty of the land, the challenge of exploring by encouraging them to try new things, and the importance of family.
Family and friends were always included on her trips. At holidays the house would be filled with love, laughter, great food and games that all enjoyed; the family reunion was always held at their pond with lots of food, friends, swimming and games; and each month when there was a full moon, people were invited to share in the family moonwalk through the woods.
She was proud of the fact that she climbed the Half Dome and went to the bottom of the Grand Canyon more than once. She took her kids and grandkids to President Johnson’s funeral. At 89 she drove alone cross country to visit her daughter in Calif. Donna was determined and did not let things stop her from achieving her goals.
Donna was an active member of Lyons VFW Auxiliary and a past officer. She enjoyed helping with fund raisers, at dinners and marching in parades.
Donna had been a forklift operator at Peters Stamping Fayette, Ohio, and she drove a school bus for Lyons and Evergreen school districts for 35 years, retiring in June 1995.
Donna is survived by four daughters: Linda (and Steve) Boger of Lyons; Judy (and Tom) Trumper of Fort Bragg Calif.; Barb (and Augie) Steiner-Zehender of Morenci Mich.; and Diane (and Ralph) Seidel of Lyons; 18 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Nancy Cole (and Bob Kontz) of Toledo Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband, John, of 68 years; sons Johnny, Bobby and Roger; daughter Sharon Lakatos; her parents; a grandson, David; and one sister Rita Pompili.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora, Ohio. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Friday Nov. 4, at Christ the Word Church (3100 Murd Rd., Sylvania), with Pastor David Bayly officiating. Interment will follow at the Lyons Cemetery in Lyons. There will be a celebration of Donna’s life after the interment at the Lyons VFW Hall.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the CHP Home Care & Hospice in Archbold, Ohio. Arrangements were made by Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton, Ohio.