Donna M. Nagelschmidt

September 7, 2014
Donna M. NagelschmidtOSWEGO – Donna M. Nagelschmidt, 72, of Oswego, died Sunday, Sept. 7th, 2014, at Oswego Hospital. She was born in Yonkers, the daughter of the late John and Doris (Holcomb) Nagelschmidt IV.

Donna spent her childhood in Oswego and graduated from Oswego High School in 1960. Following this she was employed at Snyder & Mackin in Oswego for several years, as a very conscientious book keeper in their accounting department. Donna also worked at the Midway Drive-In Theatre in Minetto.

She had a strong desire to see all of the 50 states (eventually visiting 46). In 1967, Donna started with a grand loop bus tour, offered by the Greyhound Co., which included parts of Canada. After this sampling, at age 25, she set her dreams on Las Vegas and moved there a couple of years later. Donna fully enjoyed the stars and glitter of show business. Her favorite was Elvis, and she attended at least 40 of his live performances; shaking hands with him once. She was employed at the Horseshoe Casino for many years, and made many friends.

Donna was very loving, with a special compassion for homeless people.

Donna was very grateful, as is her family, for the top-notch care she received from the Doctors and Nurses at the Oswego Hospital.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her only brother-in-law, James E. Drips.

She is survived by siblings John F. (Judith) Nagelschmidt V of Minetto, George T. Nagelschmidt and Joan L. Drips both of Oswego; nieces Heidi M. Nagelschmidt and April M. (John) Eckburg; nephews John F. Nagelschmidt VI and Shane R. Drips; grandnieces Tessa M. Eckburg and Emily E. Sohoski; grandnephews Tyler A. and Scout R. Eckburg and Mitchell J. Nagelschmidt.

Calling hours are Wednesday, Sept. 17th, 4-6 PM at Sugar and Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego, with a memorial service to follow. No burial service is scheduled.

Instead of flowers, please contribute to the cancer research organization of your choice; Thank you.

6 thoughts on “Donna M. Nagelschmidt

  1. Dear Joan & Family,
    it’s been many years since i have seen Donna but i remember fondly and am so sorry for your loss.
    Love cheryl bullard crosby

  2. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the Nagelschmidt family! I had not seen Donna since the 60’s but in 1993 I received a letter from Las Vegas which blew me away. A post card and a small note to say she was thinking of me. I still have pictures she took of me back in the 60’s, down at the homestead on 4th street. I will never forget Donna!! All my best, Jerome Lass

  3. Donna dwells in my memory among those in the circle of high school friends, and I am warmed by the level of devotion and esteem in which she is held by her nephew, John. Her final journey, ending back in her hometown, was sad, but it offered her family the opportunity to say farewell and let Donna know how much she had strengthened and inspired them.

    May her spirit continue to lift you, and may your sorrow be lessened by the memories you cherish. Linda Loomis

  4. My sweet aunt donna how I loved you and will miss you although I know you are with grandma, my daddy and my melissa. Running through fields of flowing grass and purple wildflowers. You were the most compassionate giving person I knew. I remember you giving your hot chocolate and coupons to another homeless person. That impressed me so much. You were never judgemental and so thoughtful. I am so thankful for so many memories we shared and your love for photography you passed on to Heidi and me and now my TyTy has that passion. I will always be kind to homeless people and hug and give what I can to them. You were a ray of sunshine aunt Donna and the most awesome aunt. I never want to go to Vegas again because you wont be there. Im crying now and cant see the damn computer screen so I am off. I love you so much and will always talk about you with my kids, hug my daddy and tell him I miss him too. Much love Prell

  5. Dear John, Joan, and George,
    I am so very sad that my sweet cousin has passed away. She loved sending postcards and pictures to my Mom. My prayers go out to all of you. It has been a long time since seeing Donna and all of you, but it is heartwarming to know that Donna came back home to be with all of you.

    Love, your cousin,

  6. My condolences to all of little Donnas family. I worked with Donna for 20 years we became friends ove a period of time ,I took her to see the wild flowers bloom in the desert, that year we had an abundance due to excess rainfall. She was a real trooper rode on my motorcycle with me. I took her to her first Helldorado rodeo at old ball field it was so cold it was May and we were freezing that was unusual but she didn’t want to leave . Sorry I didn’t get to see or talk to her one more time. Thank you Donna for the good memories we had .your friend Jeannie.

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