OSWEGO – Donna M. Nagelschmidt, 72, of Oswego, died Sunday Sept. 7, 2014, at Oswego Hospital.
She was born in Yonkers, the daughter of the late John and Doris (Holcomb) Nagelschmidt IV.
Donna spent her childhood in Oswego and graduated from Oswego High School in 1960.
Following this she was employed at Snyder and Mackin in Oswego for several years, as a very conscientious bookkeeper in their accounting department.
Donna also worked at the Midway Drive-In Theatre in Minetto.
She had a strong desire to see all of the 50 states (eventually visiting 46).
In 1967, Donna started with a grand loop bus tour, offered by the Greyhound Co., which included parts of Canada.
After this sampling, at age 25, she set her dreams on Las Vegas and moved there a couple of years later.
Donna fully enjoyed the stars and glitter of show business.
Her favorite was Elvis and she attended at least 40 of his live performances; shaking hands with him once.
She was employed at the Horseshoe Casino for many years and made many friends.
Donna was very loving, with a special compassion for homeless people.
Donna was very grateful, as is her family, for the top-notch care she received from the doctors and nurses at Oswego Hospital.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her only brother-in-law, James E. Drips.
She is survived by siblings: John F. (Judith) Nagelschmidt V of Minetto, George T. Nagelschmidt and Joan L. Drips both of Oswego; nieces Heidi M. Nagelschmidt and April M. (John) Eckburg; nephews, John F. Nagelschmidt VI and Shane R. Drips; grandnieces, Tessa M. Eckburg and Emily E. Sohoski; grandnephews, Tyler A. and Scout R. Eckburg and Mitchell J. Nagelschmidt.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday Sept. 17 from 4-6 p.m. at Sugar and Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego, with a memorial service to follow.
No burial service is scheduled.
Instead of flowers, please contribute to the cancer research organization of your choice, thank you.