Donna Jean (Hards) Kerwin , 89, passed away on Nov. 21, 2016, at the Hospice House in Topeka, previously resided at Rossville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. Donna was born on a farm south of the Emmett community on May 7, 1927 to John and Mabel (Hards) Jacobson. Donna spent most of her growing up years in the Rossville and Silver Lake areas. Her parents moved to Delia in the 40s where she graduated from the Delia High School in 1944. She married her classmate, Kenneth Kerwin on October 3, 1945 at Assumption Church in Topeka, Kansas. After graduation Donna worked at the Supply Depot Office just south of Topeka. She worked at the Supply Depot until it closed. She then worked as an Aide at the Silver Lake nursing home for a while. She retired to enjoy farm life with her husband near the community of Delia. Donna enjoyed visiting with family, friends and neighbors near and far. She always had kind words to say to everyone she knew or met. Donna was a loving wife, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt and great-aunt. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Delia and later a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Marys. Preceding her in death was her husband of 64 years, Kenneth Kerwin who passed away in June 2009, an infant son, Larry Stephen Kerwin, in 1952, and her parents John & Mabel (Hards) Jacobson. Donna had many pets over the years, cats, dogs, pony, chickens, etc. She loved them all dearly. She would rather go hungry herself than to have her animals be without food. She had a big heart for all animals.
Donna is survived by her caregivers, Kevin & Tammy Kerwin, Delia, brother-in-law Leo (Virginia) Kerwin, Wellsville, Cousin Kenny (Linda) Houck, Delia and numerous neices and nephews and great neices and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday, November 28, 2016 at Sacred Heart Oratory of Delia. Mrs. Kerwin will lie in state from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Piper Funeral Home where there will be a rosary recited at 7:00 P.M. Interment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Oratory of Delia, Helping Hands Humane Society, Topeka, Kansas or the Hospice House of Midland, Topeka and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.