Donna Birgen
Donna Birgen
Dec. 26, 1928-Oct. 10, 2019

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Donna Birgen, 90, passed away Thursday morning October 10, 2019 at Summerlin Retirement Living in Las Vegas, Nevada of congestive heart failure.

LaDonna Frances Kill was born Dec. 26, 1928, at home in Jennings Township, Ohio. As the youngest of 10 children, she grew up on the family farm in Landeck. She moved out to Southern California seeking greener pastures where she was fortunate enough to meet the love of her life at a Lawrence Welk Dance. Donna married Virgil Birgen on Aug. 19, 1954, in Landeck, but they returned to Southern California to make their home. The faithful couple raised seven children to adulthood living in Redondo Beach, Buena Park, La Habra and Whittier.

When the house was empty, Virgil and Donna retired to Las Vegas, where they have lived for the past 27 years. Virgil and Donna recently celebrated sixty-five years of marriage with all of their children in attendance. Donna was a tireless worker and fiercely devoted to her children. Virgil and Donna were active and faithful members of the Catholic church for their entire lives.

Donna is survived by her husband, Virgil Birgen of Las Vegas; her children, Sister Judy Birgen SP of Chicago, Illinois, Bob (Marty) Birgen of San Dimas, California, Kathleen (R.D.) McDonnell of Whittier, California; Susie (Jim) Mackey of Greenville, South Carolina; Ben (Wendy) Birgen of Florissant, Missouri; Bill Birgen of Tempe, Arizona; Brian (Mariah) Birgen of Waverly, Iowa; and her sister Alma Dampf of La Puente, California. Donna had 14 grandchildren, Jake (Chloe) Mackey, Jessica (Owen) Baldrica, Kelsey (Brett) Anderson, Sarah McDonnell, Betsy (Dan) Reidenbach, Meg Birgen, Jasmine Mackey, Molly Birgen, Matthew Birgen, Kate Birgen, Jeri Birgen, Josh Mackey, Zac Birgen and Carrie Birgen; and two great grandchildren, Chuck and Ella Baldrica.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings and a stillborn son.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Nov. 2 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice.