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Donna Osbourne

August 9, 1938 ~ March 5, 2018 (age 79)
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Donna S. Osbourne


Donna S. Osbourne, 79, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo, IL. Funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018 at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 11, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where a scripture service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Malachy Catholic School.


Donna was born on August 9, 1938, the daughter of George and Christine (Ragar) White, in Hannibal, MO. She graduated from Hannibal High School. After high school, she attended Truman State College in Kirksville, MO, Augustana College, and then graduated from Western Illinois University with her degree in education. Donna was united in marriage to Jack E. Osbourne on June 7, 1958 in Hannibal, MO. Jack preceded her in death on November 23, 2009. Donna taught in a one room school house in Keokuk, IA, and later taught school in Carbon Cliff, IL. She also taught 2nd grade at the Colona Elementary School for many years. Donna then served as principal of St. Malachy Catholic School for 17 years. After her retirement from St. Malachy’s, Donna became the principal of Lyle Elementary in Kewanee, IL. She continued to teach as a substitute, after her time as principal, up until last year. Donna was a member of BPW, Christian Family Movement, Cursillo, and has been active in Parents Club at St. Malachy. She enjoyed shopping and cooking in her spare time.


Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Michael (Kathryn) Osbourne, Omaha, NE, Dr. Jeffrey (Sandra) Osbourne, Hartland, WI, daughters, Teresa Haskins, Cambridge, IL, and Pam (Dave) Watkins, Geneseo, IL, along with her 12 grandchildren; Roger Haskins Jr., Erica Haskins, Christopher Schultz, Jesse Watkins, Benji Watkins, Katie Watkins, Mary Osbourne, Kristine Osbourne, David Osbourne, Ashley Osbourne, Travis Osbourne, and Tara Osbourne, and her two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Wyatt Dugger. Donna is also survived by her brothers, Gary (Linda) White, Maryland, Jim (Joyce) White, AK, Dave (Lori) White, Hannibal, Danny (Karen) White, Hannibal, and Paul (Debbie) White, Hannibal, and her sister, Cindy Hancock, Monroe City, MO.


Donna was preceded in death by her parents, George and Christine, granddaughter, Stephanie Schultz, and by a brother and sister.

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