MENDOTA - Donna Jean Linder, 74, of Mendota passed away March 21, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria after a long illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Cross Church, Mendota will be announced at a later date. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mendota. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling the arrangements.
Donna was born April 20, 1945 in Alton to Donald and Mary (Romano) Elliott. She married Oran Linder on June 17, 1967 in Florissant, Mo.
Survivors include her husband of Mendota; one daughter, Michelle (Jim) Murphy of Amboy; two sons, Paul Linder and Daniel Linder, both of Mendota; one brother, Alan (Lis) Walters of East Highland, Calif.; three loving grandchildren; one aunt, Jo Turner of Stillwater, Okla.; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Daniel Walters; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Donna was a life long advocate for children both as a high school and junior college instructor and as a counseling psychologist for various social service agencies.
Memorials may be directed to Holy Cross School, Mendota.