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“I grew up with Scott as a good friend and was around the entire Shick family often. Donna was a wonderful Mom. She was always smiling, unselfish...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Steve Papini - IL

“dear Scott & Colleen, im very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a great woman, so good to me, im sorry i cant be there , i miss you guys too! im...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: thad jones - hollywood, FL

“The family of the former Beverly Ferkel would like to give their condolences and to let her family know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Lavon Miller - Rock Island, IL

“Coleen and Scott, I was sadden by news of Donna's passing. There are lots of memories though, from so long ago. It's been a long time since your...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Michael Boney - Santa Clarita, CA

“Dear Scott and Collen,Sorry to learn that your dear mother has died. I recall when you were in high school how she came to help in the science dept...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Bill Todd - IL - former teacher

“Scott, Colleen, and Families,We were shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of Donna. She was a big part of childhood. She quickly evolved from...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Dan and Linda Williams

“The world lost a dear loving soul on Friday August 10, 2012. I will miss you dear friend (even though she was old enough to be my grandma, we...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Angela - Lynn Center, IL - friend


Donna Mae Shick, 75, of Lynn Center, Illinois, passed away on August 10, 2012, peacefully in her sleep, at home. She was born on May 10, 1937 in Andalusia, Illinois the daughter of Arthur and Emma Tompkins.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012 at the Alpha Baptist Church on Highway 150 in Alpha, Illinois, where she was an active member for many years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to be used for the purchase of a bench overlooking the elephants at Niabi Zoo. Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd. Orion is assisting the family.

Donna loved the water, having a fisherman father who would take her as a small child on his boat in and around the Andalusia sloughs. She also spent a great deal of time with her beloved grandma, Nancy McCannon, in the river town of Burlington, Iowa. Later she would develop a knack for doing hair and attended beauty school in Iowa. Shortly after graduation she married George William Shick on December 31, 1955, in Andalusia, Illinois. The couple lived in Moline, Illinois where she worked from home as a hairdresser while mothering her two young children. In 1972 the family moved to "the country" near Orion, Illinois. There Donna could be closer to nature and again live near water, this time a lake. Donna loved all things furry, and was responsible for saving the life of many a small mammal. She was one of few people lucky enough to lock eyes with a wild mountain lion and live to tell about it. She had an outgoing, humorous personality, a beautiful smile and sparkly eyes. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her.

Donna is survived by her sister Joyce Stroud; son Scott Shick; daughter Colleen Scholz; son-in-law Peter Scholz; grandchildren Adam and Jared Scholz; nieces Lynette, Rachel and Janelle, and nephews Marlin, Lonnie, and Lale. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Shick, who passed away in 1999. She will be especially missed by her nearly life long friend and love, Bill Hines, and their dog, Jazzy.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting her obituary at www.esterdahl.com.