Visitation for LaDonna E. (Hess) Sherbert, 80, Marion, who passed away suddenly Saturday at St. Luke Hospital, was Tuesday at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion.
Her graveside service was to have been Wednesday at Marion Cemetery. Family and friends were invited to son Daniel Sherbert’s house afterward for food and to reminisce.
LaDonna’s life began Oct. 12, 1939, in Clay Center. She was the eldest daughter born to James Elton and Donna (Hill) Hess. She graduated from Clay Center High School in 1957.
She was united in marriage to William J. “Bill” Sherbert on May 31, 1959, in Wakefield. LaDonna and Bill moved to Marion in 1964, where she was a stay-at-home mother for a while, and then she worked at Charlie’s Burger Shake in Marion for many years.
In 1979, after teaching herself to type with a manual typewriter, she was hired by Marion SRS Office as an office assistant, and proudly kept the position for 25 years, retiring in 2004.
LaDonna was an avid bowler, bowling three times a week at one point, and enjoyed attending state and national tournaments. LaDonna and Bill decided to purchase Mar Bowl Lanes, later Sher Bowl Lanes, in 2003. They later built on Willy J’s 9th Lane Sports Bar in 2008.
She loved to watch Kansas City Royals baseball, and University of Kansas basketball.
LaDonna loved to sing and was involved with Sweet Adeline’s a capella choir for several years. She enjoyed playing the lottery, sending out sweepstake entries, and dancing to George Strait songs, sometimes by herself.
Her greatest joy was her family. She leaves behind husband Bill of 61 years, daughter Donna (and husband Randy) Bryant, and son Daniel Sherbert, all of Marion; grandchildren Dustin (and wife Summer) Sherbert, Jayden Hallowell, Ryan (and wife Leigh) Funk, Jason (and wife Tiffany) Funk, Joshua (and wife Dawnell) Funk. She also is survived by great-grandchildren Faith, Lilly, Elyssa, Kayden, Rylin, Kylus, Draven, and Josell, with a ninth on the way. She also is survived by siblings RoseMary Reece, Jean (and husband Lon) Paquette, Eltanis (and husband Ted) Volen, and Butch (and wife Nicole) Hess, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Lyndsay Rae Sherbert, and sister Betty Lou Gingles.
Memorial contributions in LaDonna’s name may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Friends are being asked to sign her online guest book and leave a memory of LaDonna at www.ymzfh.com.