Published 10:09 am Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Nov. 1, 1948—Oct. 12, 2015
Mrs. Donna Kay (Hall) Hacker peacefully went to be with the Lord early Monday morning on Oct. 12, 2015. She was surrounded by loved ones as she moved to Heaven from the Hospice House in Ashland, Kentucky. Donna was welcomed into Heaven by her Savior, Jesus Christ, and family members who have gone on before her, including maternal grandparents, Oscar and Amy Ratcliff; paternal grandparents, Taylor and Avala Hall; and her father, Estel Hall.
Donna was born Nov. 1, 1948, to Estel and Faye Hall of Ohio Furnace. The eldest of three girls, she attended Green High School where she was a member of the marching band, school newspaper, class president, and recipient of the John Phillips Sousa Award. After graduation she enrolled at Ohio University, Southern Campus. Donna married her high school sweetheart, Gary Hacker, on Dec. 3, 1967. She became a proud military wife and upon Gary’s return from Vietnam, the couple lived at Loring Airforce Base near Limestone, Maine before returning to Ohio Furnace in 1972, where they resided until 2013.
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Donna spent her life serving her Savior, family, and friends. She was a faithful and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. While she did work at Ashland Oil, as well as Thompson Chiropractic, children and those is need were always so close to her heart. She volunteered as a Sunday school teacher for many years, counseled at Two Hearts Pregnancy Center, supported missions and worked with missionary families to help provide much needed ministry items. Donna was the head cook at church camps, as well as a deacon’s wife for many years. If anyone was hurting or needed encouragement, she was always ready to help, whether it be with food, cards or just a willingness to listen. Gary and Donna served as youth leaders at Ohio Furnace Baptist Church for nearly twelve years where they worked together to make a difference in countless lives for the cause of Christ.
Those who survive Donna include her mother Faye Hall; husband, Gary Hacker; sisters, Sharon Sanders and Jan (Mark) Bishop. She is also survived by her daughter, Amy (Joshua) Pemberton; and grandson, Joshua Liam Pemberton, who she so lovingly called “little one.” Left behind include nephews Dave (Kimberly) Sanders and Brad Sanders; niece, Rebecca Sanders; and great-niece, Haley Sanders; and great-nephew, Wiley Sanders.
The family would like to take this time to thank the group of wonderful caregivers and friends at Morning Pointe in Russell, Kentucky. Their love for her was evident in not only the way she was cared for, but also in the way she was treated not as a resident, but as family. We praise God for the support and love we have felt from you during the last several years. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.
A host of family and friends will have a great void in their lives because of Donna’s move to Heaven. Her smile, sense of humor, beautiful voice, kindness and giving heart will be sorely missed. However, our loss is Heavens’ gain. Donna is completely healed, and so we rejoice.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and the funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning an hour earlier. Both visitation and funeral will be at Phillips Funeral Home in Ironton, OH. Donations may be made in Donna’s honor to the Two Hearts Pregnancy Center, 2200 29th Street, Ashland, KY 41101 or the Veteran’s Administration Homeless Veteran’s Program, 1540 Spring Valley Drive, Huntington, WV 25704. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.
Sept. 16, 1922 — Oct. 10, 2015
Olive Jane Geswein, 93, formerly of Ironton, died on Saturday Oct. 10, 2015, in Delaware. She was the widow of the late Dr. Gerald Carl Geswein. She was born Sept. 16, 1922, to the late Albert and Sylvia Herr. She worked alongside her husband, Dr. Geswein at his practice in Ironton before becoming a homemaker for her three children. She was a member of St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Ironton and St. Joan of Arc in Powell. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed to travel, especially to the beach and was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Reds. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband as well as siblings, Chester (Karen) Herr, Ruth Herr Sally (John) Dunnan, Marcella (Russel) Saunders and Albert (Carol) Herr.
She is survived by two sons, Daniel (Janet) Geswein, of Dublin and Gary (Cathy) Geswein, of Johnson City, Tennessee; one daughter, Janice (Michael Everheart) O’Herron, of Delaware; grandchildren, Jerry (Mimi) Geswein, of Powell, Valerie (Don) Cowette, of Palm City, Florida, Michael Geswein, of Cincinnati, Andrea (Alex) Condos, of Powell, Kris (Maria) Geswein, of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jeff Geswein, of Johnson City, Tennessee, Bill Geswein, of Knoxville, Tennessee, Craig (Pam) O’Herron, of Columbus and Casey O’Herron, of Columbus; great-grandchildren, Jack Geswein, Layne Geswein, Kate Geswein, Sam Cowette, Evan Cowette, Coen Geswein and McClain Geswein; sisters, Alice (Mike) Natalizio, of Palos Verdes, California, Barbara (Keith) Shumate, of Tampa, Florida, Jeannette (Jim) Ferguson, of Marion and Sandra (Ray) White, of Oxford.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home Funeral will be at 1 p.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church with Father David Huffman officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 905 South 5th Street, Ironton, OH 45638.
Phyllis P. Steele, 82, of Jacksonville, Florida, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. Arrangements are pending at. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.
Maxwell L. Minor, Jr., 64, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington. He is survived by his wife, Sacajawea Minor. There will be no services. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is assisting the family with arrangements.