Carkenord, Donna


Died: November 2, 2012

PEORIA – Donna Mae (Shane) Carkenord, 81, of Peoria, passed away peacefully at her home at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 2, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 conducted by Rev. P. David Carkenord. Visitation will be one hour before the Mass at the church. Wright & Salmon Mortuary will be in charge of the arrangements. Internment will be next to her husband in Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria.

Donna was born October 7, 1931 in Moline, IL to Orville and Alice (Staes) Shane. She married Robert B. Carkenord on May 10, 1952 at St. Mark Catholic Church in Peoria. Robert died on April 22, 2006. They would have celebrated 54 years of marriage the month following his death.

She is survived by two daughters, Gail (Michael) DeZorzi of West Des Moines, IA and Sue (Stephen) Garnier of Waukesha, WI; three grandchildren, Joseph (Meredith) DeZorzi of Wichita, KS, Christopher DeZorzi of West Des Moines, IA, and Katherine Garnier of Madison, WI; Brother-in-law, Rev. David Carkenord of Waterloo, IN; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one brother.

Donna was employed by P.A. Bergner in their corporate division as an Administrative Assistant and a Merchandise Coordinator, retiring in 1995 after 20 years with that company.

Donna and Bob were charter members of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, where she served one year as president of the Women’s Guild. Donna was a long standing member of the League of Women Voters and served on their Board of Directors for several years. She was a student of government, history, and current events. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening in her backyard, and was actively involved in her family genealogy. Donna’s grandchildren were a great source of pride. Her family will always cherish fond memories of the many celebrations on her Peoria home. She will truly be missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul School.

Tributes and condolences may be submitted to

Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N North St
Peoria, IL
Phone: (309) 688-4441