Donna Blair, 1932 – 2019

Services were held Aug. 5 at St Joseph Catholic Church for Donna Blair, 86, of Jefferson, formerly of Paton.

Father John Gerald was celebrant of the Mass of the Resurrection. Sheilah Pound was soloist, accompanied by Lois Last.

Casket bearers were David Blair, Jay Blair, Jack Fredrickson, Brent Goughnour, Ron Fick and Larry Fatka. Interment was at the Paton Township Cemetery.

Donna Rose Blair was born at Carroll Hospital on September 13, 1932, to Fred Haeberlein and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Leonard Haeberlein. She was raised on a farm southwest of Scranton and graduated in 1950 from Scranton High School.

She went to Drake University and took elementary education classes to become a teacher. Donna graduated in August 1952 with a teaching certificate. She started teaching fourth grade at Paton Consolidated School for the next 11 years. During this time she met Don Blair and married him Dec. 26, 1959.

Donna quit teaching in 1963 to raise their three sons: Mark, John and James, and to help Don with farming. After the boys were out of school, Donna went back to, now, Paton-Churdan School and helped part-time for the next 17 years.

After Don died in September 2000, Donna moved in 2003 to Jefferson and worked for Congregate Meals and Meals on Wheels as site manager for 13 years and retired in May 2017. Donna is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Don; and two brothers: Leonard Cletus Haeberlein and Darrell (Red) Haeberlein.

She is survived by her sons Mark and wife, Heidi, of Paton, John of Paton, and James and wife Suzanne, of Ellston; grandchildren Ashley Allen and husband Jeff, Michelle Blair, Jennifer Blair, and Jay Blair; and great-grandchildren Abby, Mack and Doss Allen.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Church in Jefferson or congregate meals (Elderserve) in Jefferson.

Services were arranged by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson.

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