Donna Jean Casey

South Branch, Michigan
December 16, 1942 - June 10, 2020

Service Location

A Celebration of Life Service will be announced and held at a later date.

Services

At Donna’s request, she was cremated and her ashes will be buried alongside Raymond in Michigan. A celebration of life will be held in Cincinnati at a later date, pending safety considerations. Dates and times for a memorial will be shared accordingly.

Obituary Notice

Donna Jean (nee Tillinghast) Casey, age 77 of South Branch, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in Tawas, Michigan.

Donna was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Western Hills. She married the love of her life, Raymond Casey (of Oakley) on July 20, 1963. After raising four children, Donna became a registered nurse, specializing in oncology and nursing education. Upon retirement, she and Raymond moved to South Branch, Michigan where she dedicated her final years to writing a genealogy of her paternal family history. Shortly before her death, she proudly published a book of her work. An Anglophile, Donna loved to travel, especially to visit family friends in Scotland.

She is survived by her loving children; Christopher Casey of South Branch, Sharon (Jay Miller) Casey of Naples, Florida, Syndy (Tom Barrett) Casey of Cincinnati, Ohio and Susan (Patrick Hunt) Casey of Cincinnati, Ohio. Four devoted grandchildren, Nicholas Ortwein, Catherine Ortwein, Zack Nabors and Sophie Nabors.

Donna was preceded in death by Raymond; her devoted husband of 45 years, her mother; Dolores (Barger) Tillinghast and father; William Tillinghast.

At Donna’s request, she was cremated and her ashes will be buried alongside Raymond in Michigan. A celebration of life will be held in Cincinnati at a later date, pending safety considerations. Dates and times for a memorial will be shared accordingly.

Memorials

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in memory of Donna to the American Nursing Foundation’s Coronovirus Response Fund for Nurses (www.nursingworld.org).

Condolences

Lovely grandma and one of my best friends ❤️
— Sophie Nabors
Tilly was my oldest and dearest friend. We spent our growing up years together. I have the best memories of our time growing up in Westwood — walking between our houses to sell Girl Scout cookies and walking to the nearby “bar” for ice cream. She will be always in my heart.
— Glenna Freeman Anderson
So very sorry to hear this news. No matter how old you are when you lose your mom, it’s a really hard loss. Take good care of yourself and all those you love.
— Diane Rehm
My friends:
My condolences on the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. Sending you all much love, and comfort ❤️
— Kristen Sweder
very sad to hear of DONNAS passing , it was a big shock to her family ,, we both had the privilege of been in her company a couple of years ago when she visited SUSAN and PATRICK ,, we had a most entertaining enjoyable evening in her company ,, our ambition would have been to meet up with her again , soon , but sadly that wont happen now ,, , its a massive blow to her family , not much else I can say except keep in touch with each other ,,, may god give ye the strength to accept this horrible blow ye have taken ,,, JOHN & BERNADETTE HUNT IRELAND
— JOHN HUNT
Love you Mom 💕💕💕 Miss you and Dad everyday. Xoxo Sharon
— Sharon
Dear Mom,
I saw the butterfly and knew it was you. Thanks for the message.
Miss you more than I can say. Be happy with Dad. I love you so.
— Syndy Casey
I had the pleasure of meeting Donna only a few times and was very honored to be her guest at her beautiful home in Michigan (which I came to find out was truly an honor). I felt an immediate draw to this brilliant complex strong woman. I so enjoyed stories of her travels and her spiritual connection to royalty. But equal to this, I loved her dog and with that a connection was formed. Rest in peace in your heavenly castle and keep the kings in line. 💜
— Traci Berry
Mom and I were shocked and sadden to hear the news of Donna's passing. We meet on Balsam CT many many years ago. Our families connected right away! We spent years hanging out together, and traveling as one big happy group! Donna was an incredible lady and we were blessed to know her! I wish time had not gotten away from us and we were able to see her more through the years. Much love to Susan, Syndy, Sharon and Christopher and family! We are so sorry for your loss! We love you guys!
Shirley and Louise (Weezie) Hurm
— Shirley Hurm
Syndy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I'll look forward to a time we can celebrate your dear mother's life and her beautiful family.❤️
— Sharon Conrad
Miss you dearly, grandma. Glad that you and grandpa are together again. Til we meet again.
— Nicholas Ortwein
Donna Jean and I were “co-mothers-in-law,” if there is such a title. We always had fun when we were fortunate enough to see each other. As co-grandmas, we both loved our grandchildren very much. May her whole family feel the comfort of her love still reaching out to them.
— Cecily Nabors

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