Donna Kay (Gabriel) Schildknecht was born February 19, 1939 in Wathena, Kansas and departed this life on February 7, 2019 at her home in Cleveland, Missouri at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 19 days.
She was the daughter of Herbert Edward and Arlene (Gummig) Gabriel.
Donna spent her younger years in Wathena, Kansas. In 1951, the Gabriel family moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, where Donna graduated from High School in 1957. After graduation, Donna attended one year of junior college in St. Joseph then transferred to Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri.
On June 3, 1960, Donna was united in marriage with Darvin Schildknecht at Copeland Baptist Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. After their marriage, Donna and Darvin lived in St. Joseph until June of 1972 when they moved to Cleveland, Missouri to make their home.
Donna had worked for Miller Pipe Organ Company, but she always felt her most important job was that of a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.
For over 30 years Donna played piano and taught Sunday school at Grand River Baptist Church, Freeman, Missouri, her entire life was dedicated to her church.
Donna loved to crochet, cook, collecting bells and cardinal figurines.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Arlene Gabriel, and one daughter-in-law, Rebecca Ann “Becki” Schildknecht.
Donna is survived by her husband, Darvin Schildknecht of the home; two sons, Kevin Schildknecht of Clinton, Missouri, and Kyle Schildknecht and wife Carmen of Springfield, Missouri; four grandchildren, Tyler Schildknecht and wife Hayle of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Morgan Schildknecht of Clinton, Missouri, Sydney and Lydia Schildknecht both of Springfield, Missouri; other relatives and many, many friends.
The family of Donna Kay (Gabriel) Schildknecht will host a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the First Baptist Church of Louisburg, Kansas with Pastor Jesse Smith and Rev. Kevin Schildknecht officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., at the church. Contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Louisburg, Kansas, 406 S. Vine Street, Louisburg, Kansas 66053.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Wallace Funeral Home.