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Donna M. Wheeler

Published on February 13, 2023

COPENHAGEN - Donna M. Wheeler, 89, of Copenhagen NY died peacefully, Friday, February 10, at her home, surrounded by the loving care of her family.

Donna was born in Tylerville, NY on November 5, 1933, the daughter of the late Emery and Maretta Rose Hodge and started her schooling at Tylerville’s one room schoolhouse, later graduating from Copenhagen School in 1952, while in school, she met and later married her high school sweetheart, Harold “Spot” Wheeler on October 12, 1952, at the Copenhagen United Methodist Church, Harold died on November 22, 1991.

She is survived by her son Steven (Elizabeth), and daughters Deborah (Andrew) Shambo, Darlene (Stanley) Rowsam, Sister-in-Law Mary B. Hodge, 7 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and “Gramma Donna” to many more.

She is predeceased by an infant son, brother, David E. Hodge, grandson, Bryan S. Rowsam, and great grandson Alexander R. Shambo. 

Together with her husband, the couple served their community, operating the Town Talk Restaurant and later, HSW Haulers fuel delivery service.  Donna greeted countless customers throughout her career as a bank teller at the Copenhagen branch of Marine Midland, as well as a Lewis County Voting Inspector and Tax Collector for Copenhagen Central School, completing her 30th year with the district in the fall of 2022.   Donna was a lifetime member of the Copenhagen Ladies Fireman Auxiliary, Zenith Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star, and Riverside Cemetery board member.   

Calling hours will be held from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at the United Church of Copenhagen.  The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., following calling hours, at the church with Brenda Shelmadine, Certified Lay Servant, officiating.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Copenhagen, in the spring.  A celebration of life will be held at the Copenhagen Fire Hall immediately following the funeral service.  Memorial donations may be made to the Copenhagen Central School Alumni Association, PO Box 298, Copenhagen, NY 13626; or to the Riverside Cemetery Association, Box 573, Copenhagen, NY  13626.

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