Donna Leslie Stonehill

January 9, 2024

Donna Leslie Stonehill, 76, of Frankfort, Ind., went to be with her Lord on January 9, 2024 at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.  This is an unusual obituary because I am writing it before my death.  People are so much more than the sum of their activities.  I lived a fabulous life and leave with wonderfully warm feelings for those I left behind.  This is my final goodbye so bear with me while I bore you with kudos for those people who made my life so meaningful.

After a couple of bumps in the road, I was rewarded for my work in therapy by a nearly perfect man, John.  John and I enjoyed everything together.  We danced, played, antiqued, loved our families, snuggled and spoiled our doggies together.  He knew my heart better than anyone.  I had two great kids, well men now, Gerald and Gary McCarrell.  Gerald and I shared a passion for sci-fi and loved to design, make and wear our latest costumes to the sci-fi conventions.  My two grandchildren, Alicia and Miranda, are great young ladies.  Their children and my great-grandchildren, are fabulous.  I shared a love of Chicago and theatre with Bill and Karen Stonehill and their young ladies, Liz and Hannah.  My sister, Petie, was also my best girlfriend.

I came to Frankfort having lived in big cities and was apprehensive about this tiny town, but I bloomed in Frankfort.  I was saved at the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, and my church family supported me through all the ups and downs of life.  I loved teaching dance to my Sassy Lassies at the Paul Phillippe Center and hanging out with the “girls”.  During my work at St. Vincent Hospital, I saw many hurting people and God pointed me to the Stephen Ministry as a way to do his work.  I visited with patients at the hospital and felt fortunate they shared just a little of their life with me.

Accepting Jesus in my life was the single most important thing I ever did.  It changed me in ways I can’t explain.  I’ve planned a Celebration of Life for those who want to express their sympathies to my family.  My colorful spirit has gone to be with my Lord and my body will be cremated so you won’t have to gawk at me, but I’m sure my family could use some hugs.

Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, 58 S. Columbia Street, Frankfort, IN 46041, envelopes will be available.

 Feel free to talk about me now that I’m gone, but remember I can hear you from above!

Visitation and Services

Friends may visit from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 3 p.m. at on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. The Celebration of my life will begin at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, with Dr. Howard Law officiating.


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27 Condolences for “Donna Leslie Stonehill”

  1. Rosanne Poole Hester January 10, 2024 at 11:59 am

    Dear John – I’m so very sorry to hear this about Donna. My condolences to you, my friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers. – Rosanne Poole

  2. Kathy Emens January 10, 2024 at 12:41 pm

    Goodbye my neighbor. I wish we could have known each other more but time ran out. Will miss seeing you in your yard Kathy Emens

  3. Jean Warren January 10, 2024 at 1:13 pm

    John, Donna was a delight and she made every room she entered brighten. I’m sorry for your loss, but I know you have a ton of good memories to visit.

    Tom and Jean Warren

  4. Becky Turner January 10, 2024 at 1:15 pm

    I met Donna and John this past summer at the lake and enjoyed their company on several occasions. My son, Steve Mang, and his significant other, Tammy Janz, are good friends to both Donna and John, with Tammy being a long time friend. My heartfelt understanding of what you are feeling goes out to John and Donna’s families, and I am sorrowful. I know Donna was a unique person and will be greatly missed.
    Becky Turner

  5. Judi Reecer January 10, 2024 at 1:22 pm

    What a beautiful obituary. Though I didn’t know you personally I would see you at the Moose on Wednesday nights. Prayers for your family during this time.
    Judi Reecer

  6. Heather January 10, 2024 at 3:01 pm

    This is the worst news. I’m so sorry to her family and friends. She was one of my most favorite customers. I will truly miss seeing that happy face walk through my door. She was a gem.

  7. Susie Plunkitt January 10, 2024 at 3:18 pm

    Donna was just the brightest light in the room. She was so very capable of nearly anything and did it all to the best of her abilities. I will miss that bright light, but we will meet in glory.

  8. Lynette Hardesty January 10, 2024 at 3:19 pm

    John & family, Donna had a special way of making life filled with fun & joy. We are so very sorry for your loss. We pray that God’s love & peace surround all of you. Love & friends in Christ & dance, Lynette & Jeff Hardesty

  9. Sarah Bogard January 10, 2024 at 3:38 pm

    John I’m so sorry for your loss. I did not know Donna but heard many wonderful thing about her. Sending prayers to you and her family. Big hugs for you all!! Sarah and Ron Bogard

  10. Mike and Lana Congleton January 10, 2024 at 3:56 pm

    John, I know I’m not telling you something that you already know, but Donna was one of the best people I’ve known. She was so “up” all the time and always with a warm heart for others. Even if you didn’t know her, if you were around her for a few minutes you’d know how giving she was. Her love of the Lord was most important to her and introducing Him to others was natural for her. In other words, she loved sharing her faith and wanted others to know that love too.
    I shall miss her and look forward to being with her someday in heaven.
    Please know you will be in our prayers each day. May God hold you in His arms until you feel strong again.

  11. Youn and Yung Shin January 10, 2024 at 4:31 pm

    To John and family of Donna Stonehill

    This is an indeed sad news. We remember the times when we sat and danced together in Indianapolis and YWCA. Our sincere condolences to you.
    Donna was still young, but we are sure that she is in a better place. We are also very glad to read her self obituary with spirit and appreciation of life. Best wishes to all of you.

  12. Dave and Charlotte McGaw January 10, 2024 at 7:48 pm

    Dave and I enjoyed the best of times with Donna and John. Donna’s sparkling personality, boundless energy, creative ideas, inclusiveness, and kindness made every opportunity to be with this charming couple a delightful event. I appreciated the quiet times when we just talked, her series at WALLA, the hectic times when we made fun decorations for themed dances, the lovely dinners we four shared together, the trips to the lake and to the apartment in Chicago, and the cruise we took. She worked diligently to make everyone feel special and recognized. While the Donna we knew and loved is gone in person, she has left magical memories of good times. John, we treasure your friendship and your sharing her with us. We are here for you always.

  13. Cynthia Danner January 10, 2024 at 9:02 pm

    Dear John
    Herb and I are so very sorry for your loss! She was so much fun. She had great joy in her heart. Sending prayers and hugs.

  14. Greg Bradshaw January 10, 2024 at 10:10 pm

    John and Family. It saddens me to learn of Donna’s passing. She was such a beautiful soul and found adventure in most things she did. She will be sorely missed. Prayers to you and the family.

  15. Mary Ann & Ron Stockberger January 11, 2024 at 12:15 am

    John, We are so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I love her self-written obituary & free spirit. Our neighborhood will miss Donna. So glad you built the back patio area to make memories together. Hugs & prayers.

  16. Doug Montgomery January 11, 2024 at 6:47 am

    Donna was a beautiful spirit that loved Jesus, her John, her friends and family, putting pen to paper and life. We will miss her humor, mysteries, derby’s, sipping rum and friendship. We look forward to seeing her and catching up in Heaven. Thanks John for bringing her to Frankfort and sharing her with all of us.
    Doug and Kathy Montgomery

  17. Jo Ellen Clark January 11, 2024 at 8:21 am

    Her light will forever shine with those of us who were so so blessed to know her! What a gem she was! My sincere condolences to the family.

  18. Pam El-Dinary January 11, 2024 at 8:21 am

    Sending deep love and comfort to John and to the entire Stonehill family. You were the best neighbors a girl could hope to grow up with, and you are all so precious to me. Your loss saddens me deeply.

    Donna was a delightful person who brought joy to everyone she met. She was an important part of the church that my family loved, and she meant so much to my parents. Donna was a great help to me personally when I was visiting Frankfort often to support my parents. Among other things, I remember her driving me to the airport when the rest of my family was busy. She was so generous with her time and energy. Donna’s strong spirit will live on in the many lives that she touched.

  19. Barb Gerald January 11, 2024 at 9:07 am

    John, what a bright light you were blessed to have as your wife!! Donna was the sweetest, kindest and most engaging person…she made walking into church, Goodwin’s, a chance meeting or even when showing us your family home, the most welcoming & enjoyable experience. She was one of Jesus’s best hype girls!! I loved everything about Donna and will miss her fiery red hair and personality. I pray I’ll see her again, in heaven. Praying that God’s loving arms are wrapped around you and giving you peace.

  20. Tracy Batchler January 11, 2024 at 11:40 am

    John, Petie, Ron and Mickey…. as well as other family…..thinking of you and wishing you comfort during this unexpected and sudden loss of Donna. She was one of the MOST colorful and kind people I have ever met! I know that your family made it a mission to make many happy memories together…. and I am wishing for you the comfort of remembering all those times together… and smiling and laughing each time you think of her! I know that I will. She was a unique person… and the love that she and John had for each other was so beautiful and evident to anyone that got to see them together! Love and comfort to you all.

  21. Charles Kerlin January 11, 2024 at 1:16 pm

    Donna was one of my favorite writers in the classes she took with me at Walla. I also reviewed her memoir for her and found it to be a clever review of her relationship with her father. I will miss her very much as I prepare to teach another writing class at Walla in the upcoming fall session.

    Charley Kerlin

  22. Stacie January 11, 2024 at 3:22 pm

    Though I didn’t know her personally, I can only imagine how truly wonderful she was by reading what she has written. Many prayers and condolences to her family and all others grieving for her during this heartbreaking loss.

  23. Regina D Stevenenson January 11, 2024 at 4:03 pm

    John & family..I’m at a loss for words.. I loved her dearly. She was an amazing woman. I loved how she jumped into to help when needed. To me she was just part of our class. Im sorry I will not be able to be there, our home is all sick. Know I’ll be there in spirit. You will all be in our families prayers. Love Regina and family.

  24. Mickie Ridenour Scott January 12, 2024 at 7:29 am

    John, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Donna well, but so many people have shared that she was always the life of the party and a wonderful person. My heart aches for you. Sending you strength and love.

  25. George Ann Lewis January 12, 2024 at 7:13 pm

    John I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful amazing wife. I remember you telling me about her at one of our reunions and then meeting her later at another reunion, your face absolutely shined as you talked about her. May you find peace and comfort in the wonderful life you shared love and prayers. George Ann

  26. Lena Harper January 12, 2024 at 8:10 pm

    John and family, Patrick and I are so very sorry for your loss. Donna was such a sweet person and always so bright and cheerful, she truly lit up the room. She will be deeply missed.

  27. Patty Brumbarger January 14, 2024 at 9:12 pm

    To John and the family it surprised me and saddened me, to read the loss of Donna. I am so sorry. Donna was such a sweet person with a lot of spunk. From being around her and hearing stories from her and the rest of the family, she never had a dull moment. You couldn’t of asked for a better match, then John. She led a content happy life. May she continue to brighten lives as she moves on in her heavily life. I am happy this family touched my life. I love them all. Thank you Lloyd for that. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all as life moves on. My condolences to you John and the rest of the family.. May you rest in peace sweet lady. I know you had a lot of dreams ahead of you, but God has other plans. Love to you my friend Donna.

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