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Donna Ozier

Donna Ozier

Donna G. (Bishop) Ozier, 71, of New Athens, IL, born June 26, 1941 in Charleston, IL, died Monday, January 14, 2013 at Red Bud Regional Hospital in Red Bud, IL. Mrs. Ozier was a homemaker, a member of United Methodist Church in New Athens, IL and also VFW Post #7710 Ladies’ Auxiliary in New Athens, IL.. Donna was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her church, crafts and crocheting and her dog “Minnie”.

Mrs. Ozier was preceded in death by her parents; Keith G. and Mary E. (Rice) Bishop,.

She is survived by her husband, James R. Ozier of New Athens, IL, whom she married on August 23, 1964 in Greenup, IL, her 3 children John J. (LeAnn) Ozier of New Athens, IL, Todd J. (Pamela) Ozier of Waterloo, IL and Lora R. (Jeremy) Schmittling of Smithton, IL; her 4 grandchildren; Rachael and Nicholas Ozier and Briley and Bryce Schmittling, and her half-brother, Robert Jones of Effingham, IL

Memorials may be made to New Athens United Methodist Church Benevolence Fund.

Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in New Athens, IL.

Funeral: Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in New Athens, IL. with Rev. Ron Chase officiating. Interment will be at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL

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  1. Administrator says:

    Jay, LeAnn, Rachel, Nic and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s (Grandma’s) passing. I pray for you all and hope that many wonderful memories will keep her in your hearts always.

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Jenny and Barney Donahue
    Ryan and James “Kurt” White

    Posted by: Jenny Donahue(White) – Fairview Heights, IL Jan 16, 2013

  2. Administrator says:

    Dear Lora and family, we were saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. We know you and she were very close.
    She is safely home now in Jesus’ arms.
    May it bring you comfort to know that others care and share this loss with you.

    Posted by: Elaine Sodam – Smithton, IL – Friend of family Jan 18, 2013

  3. Administrator says:

    Dear Lora,

    I am so sorry for your loss and you and your family have my deepest condolences.

    Posted by: Jeremy Sodam Jan 18, 2013

  4. Administrator says:

    Jim and family and friends of Donna, and there are many of each. And feel blessed to call her my friend. We spent way too little years together, but what a joy each one has been. Special in many ways! With love and blessings, Dorothy

    Posted by: dorothy hacker – New Athens, IL – friend Jan 18, 2013

  5. Administrator says:

    I wanted to give my condolences to Jim and family for Donna’s passing. She is a special lady and will always be remembered fondly.

    Posted by: Julie Wilderman – New Athens, IL Jan 21, 2013

  6. Administrator says:


    It has almost been five months since you have been gone and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you. Sometimes I don’t even know how I will go on the rest of my life without having you in it. I hear your voice, see you, and can even touch you in my mind. You were such an amazing person.
    The frustrations I have of missing you is beyond anything I can ever comprehend, beyond any understanding. I hope you are happy where you are at. I hope you are surrounded by grandma and grandpa and great grandma and many others. I know I will see you again some day, but the void in my heart is sometimes so hard to bare. I love you and miss you so so much. Briley looks at your obituary all of the time on the computer. I hope she will always remember what a wonderful grandmother you were to her, Bryce, Nick, and Rachael. I’m not sure if Bryce will remember you but I hope he will. Your absence has ripped out a part of my heart that I will only get back when I see you again. You are my everything and always will be. I hope somehow you are still with us, that maybe you can still see us somehow. I believe in Jesus Christ our Savior but imagining heaven is something beyond my comprehension. But I know that my faith will bring us back together. When I fall asleep at night, I close my eyes and imagine many years ago, when I was a little girl and you would be doing crafts, or cooking, or hanging clothes on the line. You made us such a cozy home and I try to be just like you. Mother’s Day is coming up and I will be thinking of you. Going to your grave sight doesn’t really help me much. Understanding this loss and realizing that your are gone will just take time I guess….. Until we meet again my wonderful, dear, sweet, loving, smart, beautiful mother….. Kisses and hugs always and lots of love…..

    Lora Rachael

    Posted by: Lora Schmittling – Smithton, IL – Daughter May 04, 2013

  7. Administrator says:

    Hello MsDonna, I know that you are safely tucked under the wings of the most high. To me you and Mr.Jim will always be a part of my life because you two were my first real encounter of real life angels. Now that you have reached your final destination of home I think of you and Carrie talking and walking together about the ones you left behind. I know that neither of you were ready to leave but then you both suffered so much you were probably so tired of the pain I guess you thought it was the best thing to do and that was to leave us so you could watch over us from heaven. No, I was so selfish because I didn’t want to see either of you go but I do understand. I’m sorry for my selfish acts but I wasn’t thinking of your pains. I know that you and Carrie are making fabulous angels up there and I know that you both are waiting for us patiently I miss you with each passing day and we will see eachother on the other side. You are such a beautiful soul and you will always be thought of by me. I love you, Ms.Donna I won’t say good bye but I’ll see you later.

    Posted by: CATHY OLIVER – New Athens, IL – friend/nieghbor Jul 18, 2013

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