Charlton- Some people just make life better for everyone around them – Donna Charlton was one of these people. It is with heavy hearts and loving memories that we announce the passing of Donna Mae Charlton (née Pineo) in her 89th year. Surrounded by love near and far, Donna passed peacefully from this earthly space into God’s arms on January 28th, 2021.
Donna, was the beloved wife of the late Russell Charlton and the loving and devoted mother of Paul Charlton (Wendy, predeceased) and Marie Ormerod (Dan); cherished Nana to Meghan (Brian) and Nicholas (Jackie). Remembered lovingly by Charlton nieces and nephews: Nancy, Bill (Mary Jane),Shelly (Bob); Connie (Bob), Cindy (James) and Mardi; and the late Todd (Melissa) . An only child, Donna is held close by brothers-in-law Len Charlton (Gloria), the late Max Charlton (Charline) and Waynne Charlton (Willi). Donna was predeceased by her parents Elmer Pineo and Georgina Chapman.
Donna was an active and supportive member of First United Church in St.Thomas for over 50 years – acting as Sunday School Supervisor, Baker of Pies (sweet and savory!) and Helper/Organizer each year of both Rummage and Holly Fair sales – in addition to championing and participating in many more church activities. In her early days Donna was a teacher at Port Stanley Public School – her love for her students and their love for her continues to this day. Russ and Donna ran the Port Bruce store for well over 25 years which served as both a general store and a community gathering spot for coffee and conversation. Russ and Donna were founding members of the Port Bruce Ratepayers Association and Donna was active in beautifying the gardens of Port Bruce as well as arranging and supporting community events – her favourite being music on the lawn at the Port Bruce General. A friend to all, Donna enjoyed a good game of cards as evidenced by her membership in the Port Stanley Over 55 Club, and volunteering for various causes: March of Dimes, the Canadian Cancer Society, Elections Canada, Community Outreach Dinners St. Thomas and feet on the ground participation in many other local charities. Donna’s motivation in life was loving and caring for her family…putting them first in all circumstances. Donna will be sorely missed by all who knew her as her gentle touch, generous hugs and caring heart were the first things you experienced when she came into your life.
Due to current health restrictions, a private service for immediate family is planned at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas. Interment will be scheduled at the Aylmer Cemetary. In her memory, donations to First United Church would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be expressed.