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Donna N. (Durbin) Eberlein, a cherished mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2024, in Mishawaka, Indiana surrounded by her loved ones, at the age
of 87. Born on November 15, 1936, in Taylorville, Illinois, Donna was the daughter of the late Charles Durbin Sr. and Ollie (Edwards) Durbin. Her life was a testament to her loving and kind
nature, which touched the hearts of all who knew her.
Donna was born Taylorville before moving to Mishawaka at a young age where she remained for the rest of her life. She was surrounded by a large and loving family. She was the sister to
Bernadine, Pauline, Evelyn, Beatrice, Eileen, Dolores, Betty, Carolyn, Patty, Charles Jr., Darrell, Robert, Noble, and Rodell, all of whom preceded her in death, leaving behind her sister Judy
Shaw of Florida as the keeper of family memories.
Her educational journey led her to earn her G.E.D., a testament to her belief in lifelong learning and personal growth. Donna's professional life was marked by her dedication to Selmer
Company, where she devoted 34 years crafting musical instruments, a role that showcased her meticulous nature and her appreciation for music and the arts.
Donna's life was enriched by her beloved children, Marcia Zentz of Osceola, Jeffrey Willingham of Mishawaka, Jerry Willingham of Smithfield, N.C., and Stephen Eberlein of South Bend. She
was a guiding light in their lives, instilling in them the values of love and kindness that she embodied. Her legacy continues through her grandsons, Dennis (Tracy) Pierce of Mishawaka,
Craig (Amanda) Pierce of Mishawaka, Jeremy (Jackie) Willingham of Garner, N.C., Corey Willingham of South Bend, Christopher (Heather) Willingham of Wadesboro, N.C., and Kurtis
Willingham of New Orleans. Also, 13 great grandchildren including Dylan Willingham (deceased). Each of them carries a piece of Donna's spirit and teachings into the world.
Donna's passions extended beyond her family and work. She had a deep love for animals, finding joy in their companionship and caring for them with a gentle hand. Her creativity shone through
in her sewing and crafts, where she expressed her artistic talents and created beautiful pieces that will be cherished for generations.
Those who knew Donna will remember her as the epitome of love and kindness. Her warm presence and generous spirit were a comfort to many, and her absence will be deeply felt by her
family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of crossing paths with her.
As we say farewell to Donna N. (Durbin) Eberlein, we celebrate a life well-lived, full of love, creativity, and compassion. Her memory will be held dear in the hearts of those she leaves behind, and her influence will continue to be felt through the lives she touched. Donna's journey on earth has concluded, but her story will be recounted with smiles and fondness, a narrative of a life that exemplified the very best of the human spirit.
Visitation for Donna will be on Tuesday, February 13, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Palmer Funeral Home – Bubb Chapel, 3910 N. Main Street, Mishawaka where funeral services
will take place on Wednesday, February 14, at 11:00 a.m. with one hour of visitation prior to the funeral service. Pastor Bob Vale will officiate the services with burial to follow at Chapel Hill
Memorial Gardens in Osceola, IN.
Memorial contributions can be made to St Joseph County Humane Society, 2506 Grape Rd. Mishawaka, IN 46545 or Toys for Tots 18251 Quantico Gateway Dr. Triangle, VA 22172.
Online condolences can be made to www.palmerfuneralhomes.com