Danuta "Donna" Teresa Lange
Entered Into Rest: Dec 30, 2017
Residence: Swanton, Ohio
Entered Into Life: September 3, 1940
Entered Into Rest: Saturday morning, December 30, 2017
Visitation: Friday, January 5th from 3 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton
Mass of Resurrection: Saturday, January 6th at 11:00 am at St. Richard Catholic Church
Interment: St. Richard Memorial Gardens

Danuta “Donna” Teresa Lange age 77, of Swanton, Ohio, entered eternal life Saturday morning, December 30, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on September 3, 1940 in Reyszewo, Poland to Louis and Angela (Janowski) Posadny. Donna, her three sisters – Lucretia, Trudy, and Mary along with their father emigrated to the United States in December 1946 settling in a polish neighborhood in Toledo. Her mother and two brothers - John and Louis followed them one year later.

She graduated from Libbey High School in 1958 where she distinguished herself as one of the top students in business education and was in the top 10 in the “Class of 58”. Following high school, she worked at Owens Illinois (OI) in the Glass container – beverage division as an executive secretary.  She met her future husband at the Toledo Heights Library in March of 1958 and they married on August 12, 1961. She retired from OI in 1967 to become a stay at home mom. She was a source of love, guidance, and inspiration for her daughters – Denise and Lisa as well as her grandchildren. She was an extraordinary cook. She enjoyed making multigrain bread from scratch and cooking for large family gatherings at the Lange Tree Farm. She loved helping in the Culinary Department at the Fulton County Fair as well as working with the Junior Fair Board. She was an advisor for many years for the Swanton Handy Helpers 4-H Club and served on the Fulton County Health Board from 1999-2005.

Donna was a loving wife and wonderful partner in her marriage to Walt. She provided management and executive editorial and computer skills in his career as a mathematics professor at the University of Toledo and as an author of Business and Consumer Mathematics textbooks. She was a pioneer in the use of home computers having purchased her first computer in 1982 that had 64K of memory that was considered adequate at the time.

In the early 1990’s Donna and Walt established the Lange Tree Farm and became members of the Ohio Tree Farm Committee. Donna served as secretary and organized the Tree Farm Silent Auction for many years. A friend said “
Her dedication to the minutes and on line use really set the stage for good communication both within and outside the committee”The Lange’s received a “Life Time Achievement” award from the committee in 2015.

They also served on the National Tree Farm Operating Committee where Donna was called upon to take notes for the proceedings of many of the meetings. She also played a vital role in the Lange Tree Farm being named the 2010 - Ohio Tree Farm of the Year and the 2011 Regional Tree Farm of the Year.

She enjoyed numerous family motor home tours from Swanton to Florida, Maine, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and Alaska.  She also visited, Poland - her homeland, as well as Germany and Greece. The past six years she enjoyed family vacations to a beach house in Myrtle Beach. Playing card games and board games with the grandchildren was very gratifying.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Lucretia (Don) Protsman and Trudy (William) Kuhlman.

She is lovingly survived by her husband Walt and children Denise (Dennis) Heban and Lisa (Tom) Higginbotham and her grandchildren Catherine and Nicholas Heban, and Nathan, Elyssa and Kyle Higginbotham. Sister Mary (Richard) Marker and brothers, John (Teresa) Posadny and Louis (Betty) Posadny.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 5th from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631).  A Mass of Resurrection will be held Saturday, January 6th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, 333 Brookside Dr. in Swanton with Fr. Adam Hertzfeld presiding. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Promedica Hospice or St. Richard Memorial Tree Project.
Judy Warncke
December 31st, 2017 3:09 pm
I send my deepest sympathy to the family. You are all in my prayers.
Jodee Szozda
December 31st, 2017 4:32 pm
Dear Walt, Lisa, Denise and family, I am so saddened to learn of the passing of your sweet Donna. She was such an amazing woman with the most incredible laugh that seemingly made anything possible! I have the most wonderful memories of growing up in Swanton and a great portion of those memories included the Lange family! I have no words that will make this loss easier for you, but I hope you find strength in the love of your wonderful family and in the warm embrace of friends. With Much Love, Jodee (Paul) Szozda
Catherine daria heban
December 31st, 2017 4:51 pm
My gramdma was the one who taught Me too be The best Me.. Iloveyou grandma ur my world
Dee Dee
December 31st, 2017 6:36 pm
Walt, We are so very sorry. You and Donna were such gracious hosts for so many Lange Reunions, and we always have such a great time. Donna will be missed. Love, Dee Dee and Ron, Amanda and Tommy
Gwen Terwilliger
December 31st, 2017 7:08 pm
Donna, I remember so many good times when we had the ComTech gatherings. You will be sorely missed by so many people - especially by Walt.
Bonnie and Ron Holdeman
December 31st, 2017 7:14 pm
Dear Walt, Lisa, Denise and family, I am so saddened to learn of the passing of Donna. She was such an amazing Lady . My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Heaven gained another angel.
Dave Herwig
December 31st, 2017 11:08 pm
Walt - you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. Dave & Chimmi Herwig
Candi Miller
January 1st, 2018 6:47 am
Dear Walt and family. My deepest sympathies. What an incredible lady. A life well lived surrounded by a loving family. She was indeed blessed and a blessing. Candi Miller
Rev. Daniel Zak
January 1st, 2018 6:54 am
Walt, Lisa, Denise & family......My deepest sympathy to you on the death of our dear "Danuta". Thanks be to God for the goodness of her life. What a full and quality life she lived. May she be blessed with eternal salvation for the many ways she touched the lives of others. She was faithful in living her Polish heritage. May your deep faith in the resurrection be your strength in this time of grief and loss. Be assured of my prayers and Masses for the repose of her soul. I will join you for the funeral Mass on Saturday @ St. Richard. All good things to you in 2018. The padre Dan Zak
Tina Whalen
January 1st, 2018 7:17 am
Walt, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Donna was a tough cookie and you are too! May you find comfort in knowing that she is at Peace and with our Heavenly Father.
Don White
January 1st, 2018 7:58 am
I never had the joy of knowing Donna, but I can see from the wonderful messages above that she has been a tremendous blessing to so many. I share the perspective that her eternal life has just begun and I look forward to getting to know her in the eternal future. My deepest condolences to Walt and the whole family - all who knew and loved Donna. She will be dearly missed.
Irene Rousos
January 1st, 2018 8:45 am
Donna, such a dear friend, we had much to laugh about together, and sometimes much to grieve together. I shall choose to remember our fun times and look forward to being together again. Love to Walt, Denise, and Lisa.
Chuck Wurth
January 1st, 2018 8:54 am
Walt and Family. Please accept my condolences. Donna just made you feel good inside when she was around. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Gloria Smith
January 1st, 2018 9:32 am
Walt and family, my thoughts and prayers at this time. Remember Donna's beautiful smile.
Char Kreuz and 4-H daughters--Laurie, Becky,Barbie, and 4-H son, Gary
January 1st, 2018 9:54 am
The obituary that you talented Lange's prepped for Mom is beautiful beyond words. She passed along to you her talents with writing skills as well as many other attributes. Our Kreuz family so respected yours, and the 4-hers grew to know each other well as camp counselors, as well as those awesome infamous camping trips with Paul zumFelde at the helm. I am so sorry that I cannot attend her wake and funeral Mass on the 6th, as I am in Florida for the winter months. Son Mike also sends his condolences. He knew all of you as Smith's Restaurant loyal customers!! God bless.....Char Kreuz
James T Williams and Pat Hoffman
January 1st, 2018 10:39 am
Walt, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Donna. Please accept our deepest condolences. Our prayers are with you and your family in your time of loss.
Louise Jarvis
January 1st, 2018 12:50 pm
Dear Denise, Mr. Heban, Dennis, Nicholas, Catherine, My condolences and prayers for all of you at this time. May your mom rest in peace. Much love, Louise
Dave and Barb Falkenberg
January 1st, 2018 12:53 pm
Our sincere condolences on your loss.
Kim Bowles
January 2nd, 2018 6:57 am
Walt and family, so sorry to hear about Donna. My deepest sympathies to you and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jeremy Scherf
January 2nd, 2018 7:12 am
Walt, Im so sorry to hear about Donna. She was such a joy to be around, as no one knows more so than you do. Her smiles and asking me about my wife and kids and the joy she had when I showed her pictures will stay with me. She was a blessing to many and you made the most of your life together! Love you both. Jeremy
Dennis Galway
January 2nd, 2018 9:50 am
Walt & family - I have many fond memories of working with Walt & Donna on the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) National Operating Committee (NOC) & the Outreach & Education Committee (O&E). We really made a difference in those days to the direction that the ATFS took. We also had fun at get togethers after the work was done. It was a real please getting to visit their tree farm back in 2011 and see first hand all the accomplishments they had achieved not only for themselves but for their region and state with regards to promoting forest resource management & tree farming and getting to meet their family, friends, and neighbors who came to show their support. They certainly deserved being recipients of the ATFS Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year (ROTFY)and of their Ohio State OTFY. I will sorely miss Donna and her humor and my prayers and thoughts are with Walt and his family and all Donna's friends! She was a good woman! Wish I could be there in person but I am in spirit!
Sara Fern Fitzsimmons
January 2nd, 2018 9:54 am
Walt -- I am so sorry to hear about Donna's passing. I so enjoyed the few times I got to spend with you and her. She was such a pleasure to be with. You and your family will be in my thoughts. Sara
Richard/Betty McDonagh
January 2nd, 2018 11:12 am
Walt and family. On reading about Donna we are so impressed with her life's story. She was such a busy lady and touched so many lives. What an inspiration to all who knew her. She was so strong it is no wonder she was able to fight so long. She loved life and all those around her. We are proud to have known her. God bless all of you as you carry on.
Cassie Ridenour
January 2nd, 2018 6:38 pm
Walt, I am so sorry for your loss. Donna was a wonderful woman. I know that the best of her carries on in your family and we will endeavor to live up to the standard you guys set for OTFC.
Jen Brown (Bruno)
January 2nd, 2018 7:20 pm
My deepest condolences to all of you. So many of my childhood memories include sweet Donna. She will be missed dearly. I am very glad I was able to see her during the fair. The perfect place to hold my last memory. Your family will be in my prayers and thoughts.
Ron & Barb Roth
January 2nd, 2018 11:31 pm
Walt, Denise, Lisa & family So, very sorry for the loss of your loved one, Donna. Our memories go back to when our boys were in 4-H & Donna was an advisor of Swanton Handy Helpers. What an amazing influence she had on so many young people through 4-H! I was remembering the last time that I saw Walt & Donna at Bob Evans. I went over to chat with them & she had this biggest smile (even though she was going through so much physically)! Her smile always brighten up a room! May God be with you all as you go through this most difficult time in your lives! May He give you strength to get through each & every day! Our thoughts & prayers are with you!
Mike Besonen
January 3rd, 2018 7:30 am
Dear Walt, My sincere sympathy to you and your family in Donna's passing. She was always such a joyful lady and a tremendous asset to The Ohio Tree Farm Committee during the terms she served as secretary. I pray that your fond memories of her will help sustain you.
Lucille Smith
January 3rd, 2018 8:03 am
Walt, I am so sorry for your loss and ours. Donna and I served together on the first group to do powerpoint for St. Richard Masses. Shortly after I joined NORTA and found her there as well. What a sweet, smart, smiling person she was. She will be missed.
Bob Wilson
January 3rd, 2018 8:09 am
Walt,Denise,Dennis,Lisa,Tom,family,and grandkids.So sorry for the loss of Donna.Very much enjoyed being around her over the years at all our forestry meetings and shows.She was always friendly and nice to me and everbody around her.She may be gone but not forgotten.My prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Bill Stanley
January 3rd, 2018 1:19 pm
Walt, I am so sorry about your loss. It is obvious that you loved her very much, and that she had a very rewarding and full life. I look forward to seeing you, and appreciate all that you and Donna have done to further good forestry in Ohio.
The Fetterman Family
January 3rd, 2018 1:40 pm
Walt, she will be so deeply missed but remembered by so many because of her kind heart. You two have given our scouts so much over the years including our authentic Thanksgivings in the Lang Tree Farm woods! There is not a thanksgiving that goes by that we don't think of all the wonderful memories you gave to so many families. Our prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. God bless you and keep you strong.
Gretchen Moffett
January 5th, 2018 7:20 am
Walt and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Donna always had a smile and made everyone feel she was thrilled to see them. What a gift! I will miss her, too.
Ben and Chris Wood
January 5th, 2018 6:52 pm
Walt and family, we will always remember Donna helping out with band, 4-H, and church activities. God Bless you in the days ahead for you to find comfort.
Bill & Joan Green
January 6th, 2018 9:08 am
Walt and family Our deepest condolences. We developed a deep respect for you for your leadership while you were on school board. It was at that time that I realized you and Donna were truely a team. Over years you and Donna have positively touched every one you have met. God bless
Gene & Teresa Sipos
January 13th, 2018 7:05 pm
Dear Walt: We just received this, and so sorry to hear. Donna was one of the bright lights. Miss her, Gene & Teresa Sipos
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