Donna I. Burchick, 77, of Amboy, passed away at 1:45 a.m. on Monday, February 22, 2021 at her residence with her loving husband, Michael, by her side.
Donna was born on July 15, 1943 in Peru, Indiana to the late Lester and Edna May (Snyder) Johnston. She was the oldest of five children: Johnny (Peggy) Johnston of Fort Wayne, Mary Johnston of Marion, Tom (Esther) Johnston of Texas and Sherry (Dave) Mossburg of Marion.
Donna was a graduate of Marion High School. She was employed at RCA in Marion and then retired from Bell Fibre Packaging, where she managed the design and purchase of wooden pallets.
Donna attended St. Paul's Catholic Church. She helped form a pro-life counseling group called, Alternatives to Abortion. Donna used her home as an office to counsel pregnant women, do pregnancy test and show slides of growth stages of the fetus. She helped save over 100 children from being aborted. One day in a grocery store a woman with a toddler in hand came up to her and exclaimed to her child, "That's the woman who saved your life."
Donna married Michael Burchick in 1992. They bought a log cabin in Amboy that was big enough to accommodate gatherings of family and friends for meals, card games, gardening, canning, music and a large Christmas village with hand-crafted buildings.
She has twice survived cancer surgery, leaving her unable to bear more children. Her love of children led her to become known as "Aunt Donna", whether or not there was a genetic relationship.
Donna is survived by her husband Michael Burchick; son, Scott (Amy) Roark, of Florida and one granddaughter, Adysen Roark and step-grandson, Cameron Osborne. She was preceded in death by one brother, Tom Johnston.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 207 North Cass Street, Wabash, Indiana 46992 with Father Levi Nkwocha officiating. Graveside internment will be at Gardens of Memory in Marion.
Calling will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021 at McDonald Funeral Homes, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992.
Preferred memorials are to St. Bernard Catholic Elementary School, 191 N. Cass Street, Wabash, Indiana 46992.
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