Donna Lou Wright, 78, of Wanatah passed away peacefully at Home on Sunday, March 31, 2024. She was born March 9, 1946, in LaPorte the daughter of Florence Crawford and graduated from Michigan City Elston High School in 1964. Donna began her career with Bethlehem Steel for 7 years before starting her family.  Once her boys were old enough for school, so was Donna. She returned to the classroom to study accounting at Purdue North Central to receive a degree. Following her graduation, she secured employment with Polyfoam Packers in Michigan City to become the head of their Human Resources Department from which she retired following many years of rewarding contribution. Donna enjoyed tending her garden full of vegetables and flowers, reading a variety of books, and traveling, especially in the western U.S., Scotland, and Germany. Dedication to her family was always Donna’s priority, gladly sacrificing her own desires to make sure her loving home was where they could always feel comforted, secure, and nurtured.
In June of 1967 she married William “Bill” Wright who survives along with their boys, Robert (Megan) Wright of Valparaiso & Jeffrey Wright of Wanatah, sister, Vickie (Terry) Troyer of Michigan City, brother, Mike Pagel of Portland, Oregon, grandchildren, Wesley Wright & Alyssa Wright and great-granddaughter, Ella Brown. She was preceded in death by her mother, Florence Pagel and stepfather, Victor Pagel.
Following cremation at Angelcrest Crematory a private family ceremony will be held.


Jeff.....I am so sorry to hear your Mom has left us. I'm with you. Just remember, she is in a better place. -Marshall Hamlin 

Sorry to hear, my love pours out to you. -James Runnels 

She fought a long battle and never gave up. RIP dear cousin. I miss you already. -Cati Ault 

I am so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I will always remember the fun we had as children at our grandfathers farm. My prayers are with her family. -Dennis Rude 

Bill & family, so sorry to hear about donna. It was a wk later we found out. I have never seen a person go through the pain etc ,& never feeling sorry for herself going through with dignity. She had a wonderful family & her life was good. Wes & Alyssa were so lucky to have a wonderful grandmother as up at Heston I watched how she looked after them. May God look after her family on earth. God bless. Sharon & Norm Foltz 

I will always remember the generosity of your mom. Growing up she would tolerate all of our shenanigans in the side yard, especially blowing up army men and using the fallen apples from her trees to get in a quick game of wiffle ball. She prepared countless sandwiches for us and never minded us running around like crazy kids. Your mom will be missed but I cherish that I got to be part of your lives growing up. All my love to you and your Dad. -Jason East 

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