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Donna Jean Wisser
(11-01-1928 - 09-13-2018)

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 Donna Jean Wisser, 89, formerly of Elgin, passed away on the morning of Sept. 13 at Sunrise Health Services in Milwaukee.
Born in Elgin Nov. 1, 1928, to Donald C. and Ruth (Garman) Van Buren, she was the second of three daughters. Donna was raised in Elgin, where she attended Lowrie School and Abbott Junior High School, and graduated from Elgin High School. She appeared in Elgin’s Song of Hiawatha Pageant and attended First Evangelical United Brethren Church and Faith United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir. She was a member of the American Legion Post 57 Auxiliary Club and a longtime employee of Sherman Hospital.
She was lifelong Cubs fan, a voracious reader, an admirer of Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra, a crossword puzzle aficionado, and a passionate gardener who treasured her family and her time on Pleasant Lake in Central Wisconsin.
She is survived by: two daughters, Linda (Kevin) Walkup and Sara Brinkman, and two sons, Jeff (Susan) Wisser and John (Vicki) Wisser and her daughter-in-law, Kate Wisser; two sisters, Alice Philips and Phyllis “Peachy” Lalley; her grandchildren Alex, Melissa, Emily, Douglas, Jonathan, Brad, Jackson, Marlin, Layla, Tom and Eddie; and five nieces and four nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband John, her oldest son Mark, and a nephew, Michael Lalley.
Her life will be celebrated with a visitation from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22, with a service to follow immediately, at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin, with burial at Lakewood Memorial Park in Elgin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bernie’s Book Bank, which provides books for at-risk children in the Chicago area: www.berniesbookbank.org.
For information, call 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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