Donna J. Whittaker

October 6th, 1930 - January 25th, 2013

RICHMOND, Ind. – Donna J. Whittaker, age 82, of Richmond, died Friday, January 25, 2013, at Reid Hospital. Donna was born October 6, 1930, and raised in Richmond, Indiana, to Paul V. and Louise (Snedeker) Juerling. She graduated in 1949 from Richmond High School and began her career with Richmond Home Telephone Company (which later became G.T.E.), but spent the majority of her 20-plus year career in various positions at Reid Memorial Hospital. Donna was an active member of Hoosier Corners Square Dancing Club, the V.F.W. Auxiliary, and class reunion committee for her RHS class of 49. Donna married Paul M. Whittaker in May of 1954. Together they raised two daughters, Karen Sue Whittaker-McKinley and Judith Kay Whittaker-Miller. Donna and Paul were also fortunate enough to have niece, Carol Charles-Gallagher, as part of their family. Though Donna and Paul raised their girls in Centerville, Donna never lost her loyalty to “her Red Devils”! Donna was preceded in death by three sisters, Pauline, Madeline, and Ruth Ann, and two brothers, Paul and Walter. Donna is survived by beloved husband, Paul, of 58 years; their two daughters, Karen Sue Whittaker-McKinley of Mason, Ohio, and Judith Kay Whittaker-Miller of Centerville, Indiana; and four beautiful grandchildren, Susan Elizabeth McKinley, Michael Paul McKinley, Trevor Michael Miller, and Cassandra Nicole Miller. Donna also leaves behind two devoted sons-in-law, Doug McKinley and Mike Miller. In addition, extremely special to Donna was her sister-in-law, Marge Juerling; aunts, Lucille Juerling and Mary Stolle; and cousin, Martha Samuels. Visitation for Donna J. Whittaker will be from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 235 South 5th Street, Richmond, with Father Kevin Morris officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Centerville, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Reid Hospital Foundation for the Hospice Program, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at

6:00PM to 8:00PM on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at Doan & Mills Funeral Home (map/driving directions)

10:00AM at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 (map/driving directions)

Crown Hill Cemetery
407 Short Street
Centerville, IN 47330 (map/driving directions)