Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Donna Sue Welsh

Donna Sue Welsh passed away peacefully on March 6, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana IL.

Donna Welsh | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home ~ Quincy, IllinoisDonna Sue was born in Harvey, IL, a daughter of Don and Shirley Lundmark Kipley. She moved with her family to Buffalo, NY, and Silver Spring, MD before they settled in Quincy IL for Donna Sue’s teenage years. She attended Robert Morris College and pursued a career in law enforcement, specializing in working with troubled youth. It was at the Adams County Sheriff’s department that she met the love of her life, Tony Welsh. They married in June of 1978 and began to forge a life in rural Adams County, not far from Liberty IL. Their son Nathan was born in 1982 and Donna Sue refocused her natural kindness into her growing family.

Though she left the Sheriff’s office to raise her family, Donna Sue remained a staunch advocate for children and outsiders through her work with the Liberty Community Association (LCA) and at the school as a teacher’s assistant for many years. Later she followed Nathan and his wrestling team as a perpetual fan club. She became known as Mama Welsh, always quick with a kind word or a snack for the ravenous boys. Though she was a friend to all, she was particularly close with a few ladies who shared a deep and powerful bond of friendship. They called themselves ‘the Gargoyles’. Together, they had lots of laughs and counted on each other.

In retirement Donna Sue and Tony moved to be close to their son and his family in St. Joseph, Illinois. Despite chronic health problems she continued to stay involved with her family, traveling with them around the United States. Eventually her health problems became overwhelming and she passed away on hospice care.

Donna Sue was known for her zest for life, sense of humor, and generous spirit.

Survivors include her husband, Anthony “Tony” Welsh; a son, Nathan (Elizabeth Rieke) Welsh of Urbana, IL; two grandchildren: Sorena and Gwen Welsh; two brothers: Dan (Lois) Kipley and Michael (Marlene) Kipley, all of Quincy; a sister, Penny Kipley of Pagosa Springs, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughterKatherine Rosina Welsh, during childbirth.

Services: 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Rev. James Wheeler, OFM officiating.

Visitation: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Burial: Private burial at Woodland Cemetery

Memorials: the family prefers that donations be made to the Crisis Nursery of Champaign, Three Wet Dogs Animal Rescue, or Carle Hospice Memorial Fund.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. Donna was a truly amazing, caring and compassionate person who had a way of giving people courage to believe in themselves. My Matty (known to Donna) had the gift of having her as his teachers aide at Liberty School. Her stickers and special notes daily made him grow into a fine successful person he is today. Her willingness to care for Matty and our Katy Bug who was newly diagnosed with diabetes at our time of need was truly a reflection of this. Our hearts our broken and go out to you Tony , Nathan and family at this difficult time. Thanks for sharing her with us and all the times with Nathan aka Bear and our times of watching The Price Is Right. God has a very special place for her in heaven. Prayers and Love to all. Roger, Sharon, Crystal, Mark, Katie and Matt Graves and family

  2. So sorry Tony. Your wife made such an impact for good in this world. Grace and peace Richard and June Gomperts

  3. Tony and family,
    So sorry to hear about Donna Sue. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    She will now be your special angel. She will watch over you always.

  4. So sorry for your loss Tony, Nathan, Elizabeth, and the girls. Those girls are sure going to miss her. Kay, Harold, Zarina, and Michael are planning on coming over for the funeral. I have to miss as I am here in NM with my kiddos. Take care. Mary B.

  5. Tony and Family you have my deepest sympathy.
    Donna and I worked together at Adams Co. almost 40 years ago.
    she was a special person.

  6. Tony, I don’t think I ever met you, I grew up next door to the Kipley’s in Country Lane. I’m saddened by your loss and to Dan, Mike and Penny, God’s speed. 😰

  7. Tony Nathan & family, we are truly sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God grant you peace, comfort and strength as you grieve.
    Tracey & Margaret Dixon

  8. Tony, Nathan, and family: So sorry to hear about your loss. I remember her smile and laugh so well. She was such a sweet lady. Hugs, love, and prayers to all of you.

  9. Oh, Donna, I can’t believe you are gone.I am so happy we reconnected through the Quincy Wrestling tourney over our boys wrestling years. May God hold you in his arms.

  10. Nathan, we are deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. Our thoughts and prayers for you and all family. Love, Wayne and Carolyn Pond

  11. Tony and family, We were so sad to hear of Donna’s passing. She was a very loving cousin. We will miss her smile and uplifting laughter. God has a new angle in heaven, we will pray for her and your family.

  12. I knew Donna when she and her family lived in Country Lane. I went to school with Tony. I never made the connection. So sorry for your loss. I always remember Donna’s warmth and laughter. Heaven just gained another good one. RIP.

  13. Tony, Nathan and family-Donna Aue was one awesome lady. Will never forget her smile and laugh. My thoughts, prayers and hugs go out to all of you.

  14. Tony and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We recently wondered about you as we passed your house on our way to Adams for fish plates.

  15. Tony, Nathan, and family
    I’m so sorry to hear about Donna Sue. I always remember her great laugh when joking around and visiting at the family picnics. She will be truly missed. Jerome and I are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Dear Tony and family,
    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Mike and I had the opportunity to meet and visit with Donna Sue during your picnic last June and I am so glad for having had the chance, even though short, to get to know her. Donna Sue’s sweet nature and kindness, and her love for you and her family were so very evident. We are so sorry and are keeping you and your family in our hearts and thoughts.

  17. Tony, Nathan, Elizabeth and girls,
    I am so sadden to hear about Donna Sue. What a gift she was to my life. Yes, ‘the Gargoyles’ had a lot of good times and they will always be cherished memories. Donna Sue was a kind soul and I could always count on her in good times and bad. My deepest sympathies to you all. She was and is a treasure.

  18. Nathan and family:
    I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing—I recall her sweet kindness from our high school days, mostly at wrestling matches. I wish your family peace in these difficult days as you mourn your loss, but rest assured, Jesus welcomed her right in to Heaven with Him!

  19. Tony, Nathan and Family
    I am so sorry to hear about Donna Sue. She was always a joy to be around and visit with. What a special lady. I am sure she will be missed by many. I will keep her and the entire family in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. We are so sorry for your loss. This world truly lost a wonderful lady and she is already deeply missed.

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