Donna J. Hamblin, age 69 of Moores Hill and formerly of Hamilton, Ohio, died Thursday, September 22, 2016 at University Hospital in Cincinnati. Born May 20, 1947 in Hamilton, she is the daughter of Daria (Nee: Bredestege) and Kenneth Mitchell. She married Jack Hamblin February 14, 1986 and he preceded her in death November of 2012. A 1965 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Hamilton, she went on to graduate from the University of Cincinnati in 1974. Donna worked at Procter and Gamble for 27 years, retiring in 2001 from the IT department. She was a member of Holy Family Church, was an Associate of the Srs. of St. Francis Convent and a volunteer at the Batesville Food Pantry.
Donna had many interests. She enjoyed traveling, with a trip to Hawaii with her nieces among her favorites. An animal lover, she raised goats off and on and dearly loved all of her dogs she had through the years. She was a long time Reds season ticket holder and a Cincinnati Bearcat Football fan, liked an occasional trip to the boat, cherry cokes, playing 500, shrimp and good ribs even better. Her family teased her that anytime there was a get together, she and Jack would be the first to arrive and the first to leave. Donna also kept in touch with many of her school friends who still meet periodically. Family was important to her and while she adored her nieces and nephews, Donna had a unique relationship with the nieces. She was affectionately called “aunt chicken” since she held their purses while they would ride the rollercoaster. She would also take them shopping on their birthdays.
Donna is survived by her mother Daria of Fairfield, Ohio; sisters Carolyn Berens of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Marian (Mike) Smith of Hamilton, Sr. Daria Mitchell O.S.F. of Fairfield, Ohio; brothers Kenneth (Ila) Mitchell of Slidell, Louisiana, Thomas (Mona) Mitchell of Hamilton; Jack’s children Renee and Sean, her son Robert Schwab as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and father, she is also preceded in death by paternal grandparents Minnie and Robert Mitchell and maternal grandparents Gertrude and Frederick Bredestege.
Visitation is Monday, September 26th, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 27th, at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating. A graveside service will be held at 12:15 p.m. at Arlington Cemetery in Cincinnati. The family requests memorials to the Batesville Food Pantry or the Associates Program of the Srs. of St. Francis Convent.