Donna J. Gattuso, 60, passed away peacefully on Dec. 19, 2020, with her loving family by her side. She was born in Highland Park, Ill., on June 28, 1960, and was the daughter of Donald J. and Marilyn Schneider. She married Joseph P. Gattuso on July 15, 1978, in Wilmette, Ill., at St. Joseph Parish.
Donna worked with special needs children at District 200 in Woodstock. She was also an avid sewer and quilter and was a regular at Sewing Concepts on the Woodstock Square, where she had many dear friends. Donna made many keepsake quilts for family and friends, each of which had a specially embroidered commemorative panel. She enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her family.
She is survived by her loving husband; her children, Donald, Christopher, and Thomas (Jessica) Gattuso; her grandchildren, Casey Lee Clymer, Travis Joseph Gattuso, and Taylor Jean Gattuso; sister, Linda Weigand (Kenneth); and brothers, Michael Schaul (Karen) and Tom Schaul (Chloe).
She was preceded in death by her beloved father, Don. and grandmother, Lillian Schneider.
In keeping with her wishes, a Celebration of Life ceremony will be scheduled tentatively in the summer of 2021 or as soon as the danger of the pandemic has passed. For updates, please visit donnagattusomemorial.weebly.com.
Memorial contributions may be made in Donna’s name to The Cradle in Evanston, Ill., cradle.org.
For more information, contact the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338 -1710, or visit slmcfh.com.