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Danuta "Donna" Teresa Lange

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.

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

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

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Dear Walt: We just received this, and so sorry to hear. Donna was one of the bright lights. Miss her, Gene & Teresa Sipos

Gene & Teresa Sipos Jan 13 2018 12:00 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

Bill & Joan Green Jan 6 2018 12:00 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.

Gretchen Moffett Jan 5 2018 12:00 AM

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.

Ben and Chris Wood Jan 5 2018 12:00 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.

Mike Besonen Jan 3 2018 12:00 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.

Lucille Smith Jan 3 2018 12:00 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.

Bob Wilson Jan 3 2018 12:00 AM

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.

Bill Stanley Jan 3 2018 12:00 AM

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.

The Fetterman Family Jan 3 2018 12:00 AM

Walt and family, so sorry to hear about Donna. My deepest sympathies to you and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kim Bowles Jan 2 2018 12:00 AM

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