Donna Anne Weaver (born October 20, 1951) died unexpectedly Thursday, November 12, 2020. She resided in Morris IL but grew up in Pennsylvania, spending much of her life in Bloomington, MN; and then living in Conway, SC; Kalamazoo, MI; and Denver, CO. She attended Souderton High School and participated in many school activities such as marching band and majorettes where she twirled batons and fire.
People remember Donna as caring, compassionate, and sweet. No one was a stranger, and everyone was a friend. She would listen to anyone’s problems and try to offer help - but rarely asked for help herself. Donna was the first to volunteer when she could. Over the years she supported many organizations such as the Camp Fire Girls; the YMCA; youth sports (especially soccer and dancing); Junior Leaders of American; Meals on Wheels; Emmaus weekend Volunteer; American Legion; and more. She was always sponsoring a child or donating to causes whenever she could. In 1996 she made a quilt for a homeless man that was included in National Aids Memorial Quilt project in Washington DC.
Donna worked hard her entire life for in a variety of occupations and believed in volunteering. She was creative, artistic and a terrific writer. She was a published author, having a story featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She took time to read and journal regularly. She was passionate about writing cards and started a Kidz Cardz ministry in SC. Donna was a deeply religious person who enjoyed studying the bible; Christian music; mentoring others; and lived a life that reflected her beliefs. One of her treasured memories was when she traveled to Costa Rica on a mission. She attended Colorado Christian University and was only a few credits shy from a degree in Ministry.
Donna was a loving single mother who always encouraged her children to try anything. She is survived by daughter Stacey (and Erik) Olson of Morris, Illinois, and son Edward (Eddie) Weaver (and Kim Loiacono) of Maui, Hawaii. Four grandchildren Niko Ellis (and Ashley Hood) of Lockport, IL; Brooklyn (and Matthew) Anderson of Morris, IL; Kaleb Hefford of Normal, IL; and Aydin Hefford of Normal, IL. She was able to spend this last year getting to know her great granddaughter, Tayah Mae Anderson. Her family in Pennsylvania includes her mother, Barbara (Gregg) Leiter and was the oldest of seven siblings: Robert (and Patti) Leiter; David Leiter; Linda (and Kerry) Besch; Sarah (and Keith) Hoagey; and a sister Mary Beth (John) Myers in Florida. She has many nieces and nephews: Kristie (& Josh), Becky (& Nathan), Ryan (& Beth), Jaime, Donny & Donovan; and great nieces and nephews Justin, Mackenzie, Nic, Katie, Nic ,Ella Bruno, Felix, and Murdoc. Family was important to Donna, and she often considered her friends as family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Leiter, and earlier this year, her youngest brother, Ronald (& Tammy) Leiter.
When Donna moved to Morris, IL, she became involved in the community: a member of the Morris Women’s Club; Chaplain for the Morris American Legion Auxiliary; donated time to both the Liberty Arts Festival and the Home for the Holidays Children’s Winter Carnival; volunteered Christmas mornings at Turtles Tap; attended First Christian Community Church; participated in Bible Study groups; taught art classes at True North, The Exhibit Art Gallery and the Morris Public Library; and was a mentor and volunteer at New Beginnings. She was a long-time vendor at True North with her business called Topaz Dandelion, and she worked for Richard A Olson & Associates. She loved peace signs, sea turtles, the ocean, crafting, creating, journaling and what she called ‘happy mail’. Donna liked to keep busy and lived a full life.
Over the past few days her family has received so many wonderful messages and kind words as to how Donna affected others. It is deeply appreciated. Please continue to send memories and photos via the online guest book at www.ucdaviscallahan.com. An aqua cremation service will take place with a private family ceremony following. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to directly to her family to help cover expenses.
Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, IL.