Donna Haag Obituary, Death – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Donna Bell (Bratt) Haag, a beloved matriarch, loving mother, and cherished friend, who peacefully departed on Monday, August 7, 2023, at the age of 91.
Surrounded by the love and care of Accolade Healthcare of Pontiac, Donna transitioned from this world, leaving behind a legacy of warmth, devotion, and an unwavering commitment to her family. Born on November 8, 1931, in Rural Cornell, Donna was the precious daughter of Donald and Georgia (Boyd) Bratt. Her journey of love and companionship began when she married James Leroy Haag on February 1, 1947, creating a partnership that spanned a lifetime of shared experiences and cherished memories.
Together, they navigated the ups and downs of life, building a foundation of love and togetherness that would leave an enduring mark. Donna’s legacy lives on through her five children: Linda (Larry) Ruhl of Heyworth, IL; Julee Foster of Edgewood, NM; Nancy Haferkamp of Edgewood, NM; Donald (Donita Forneris) Haag of Pontiac, IL; and Doug (Sara Casson) Haag of Cullom, IL.
Her legacy is further enriched by her fifteen grandchildren and twenty-nine great-grandchildren, a testament to the love and care she dedicated to her growing family. Her memory is carried forward by her sister, Cheri (Armin) Strutzenberg, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Donna’s life was interwoven with the fabric of her family, and her impact reached far and wide, touching the hearts of those fortunate enough to know her. Donna’s journey of devotion was defined by her roles as a homemaker and farmer’s wife. A true pillar of strength, she was a full-time partner in both her home and on the farm, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to her family’s well-being.
Her faith was a cornerstone of her life, and she was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Cullom, a testament to her deep-rooted values and sense of community. With a zest for life and a love of adventure, Donna embraced the joys of travel and camping, particularly relishing the winters spent in Arizona with her beloved husband.
She embraced the rhythm of farm life, often found helping out in the fields with the same dedication she approached all aspects of her life. Donna’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those she touched, as a remarkable wife, devoted mother, and beloved friend. Her legacy of love, resilience, and unwavering commitment to the family will continue to inspire generations to come.
A funeral service to celebrate Donna’s life will be held on Friday, August 11, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Cullom, in Cullom, IL. A visitation will precede the service, starting from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Chaplin Joyce Rinkenberger will officiate the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial contributions be made to OSF Hospice or the United Methodist Church of Cullom, a reflection of Donna’s commitment to both compassionate care and community.