THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Donna L. Polzin
Issue Date: May 10, 2018
Donna L. (Gabriel) Polzin, 78, of rural Peshtigo, WI passed away the afternoon of May 7, 2018 at Bellin Hospital with family by her side.
She was born on April 30, 1940 to the late Thomas Gabriel and Lucille (Servais) Gabriel. After graduating from Coleman High School in 1958, she worked for Scott Papermill until 1971, when she quit to start her family.
Later in life, and as her children grew, Donna became a school bus driver for the Coleman School District, which she loved doing for over 20 years. On October 30, 1959, she married Gerald (Jerry) Polzin at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pound.
Together they raised their two children. Donna and Jerry enjoyed many years of travel, playing cards with friends, and numerous other social activities. They especially enjoyed spending time in Door County.
Donna was a very strong and courageous lady who so dearly loved her children and grandchildren. Donna loved the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, feeding and watching her birds, cooking and giving others advice and wisdom.
Donna is survived by her children, Roxann Pazdera of De Pere and Ryan Polzin (Tracy Rogalski) of Peshtigo. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Myah Pazdera, Mytchel Pazdera, Marlee Pazdera, Maison Pazdera and Alyssa Polzin. She is further survived by her sisters, Beverly (Jack) Ward and Kathleen Schowalter; a brother, Rodger (Theresa) Gabriel and sisters-in-law, Joyce Gabriel and Sally Witak. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry on March 16, 2005; her brothers, Clark Gabriel and Thomas Gabriel, Jr.; a sister, Crystal Helmken (Gabriel) and brother-in-law Mike Helmken and brother-in-law Howard Schowalter.
Visitation will be held Monday May 14, 2018 at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home in Coleman, WI from 4pm-5:30pm., with a prayer service to follow. A luncheon will be served afterwards at St. Anne's Catholic Church Hall.
Donna and her family would like to thank all of the special people who made her life better by helping her and visiting with her over the past few years as her health conditions worsened. She would want each of you to think of a special moment you shared together or something humorous that she said to you.