Donna Joan Sears

August 27, 2016


Donna passed peacefully away after a short battle with cancer at the palliative care unit, at the St. John’s Miller Center in the presence of her loving family. Predeceased by her sweet daughter Krista, parents Violet and Ralph Vincent parents-in-law Peter and Annie Sears, and friends Rita Rose and Ruby O’Keefe. Leaving to mourn her devoted loving husband Gerry; beautiful children: Karen (Brian O’Neill), and David; sweetest grandchildren: Logan and Riely O’Neill; best friend and sister Marilyn (Harry) Rideout; brother Carl (Elizabeth) Vincent; nieces and nephews: Lori (Keith), Lisa (Andy), Craig (Jacqueline), Janet (Matt), Mary (Ian), and Robert (Fiona); sisters-in-law: Shirley, Eleanor (Ed) and Doreen (Bill); brothers-in-law: Joe, Raymond (Hannah), Pete, and Doug; special friends: Mary and Lloyd Grandy, Sherry and Bernard Healy, Barb Sooley, card buddies (Sheila, Jeane, Phoebe), Lorraine and Gerry Heffernan, and Bernice Ivany. Donna was a beloved social butterfly, adored by all her knew her, especially her dart friends, bingo buddies, nursing class of ’69 and many, many more family and friends. Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road. The family will accept visitors on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 from 7 – 9 p.m. and Monday, August 29th, 2016 from 10 – 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Mary Queen of the World, Topsail Road on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. with cremation to follow. Flowers graciously accepted or donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.



7-9 p.m. on August 28, 2016

10-9 p.m. on August 29, 2016

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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9:30am, Tuesday August 30th

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Gerry very sorry to hear about you wife’s passing. Frances and I was just told by her sister in law. Please accept our sincere condolence on her passing, and may her soul rest in peace. John and Frances Evoy

Gerry: Just got back in town and heard of Donna’s passing. We wish to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family at this time.

Lori so sorry for your loss. I know your Aunt Donna and Mom were very close. Remember the good times. The days ahead will be hard for your Mom and I know you will be there for her.

Dear Gerry. So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your dear wife and best friend.
Kindest regards. Ruth Crews.

Gerry and family..we were shocked and saddened to hear about Donna’s passing.We grew up in the same neighbourhood and were classmates and friends at Curtis Academy.She was a good friend to all who knew her.Please accept our heartfelt condolences.. Fred and Ros Hiscock

Our condolences to you Gerry and your family.

Gerry and family;
Deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time ,my thoughts and prayers are with you
,Eileen Walsh

While vacationing in Nova Scotia we were saddened to here that Donna had passed away.

Deepest sympathy Gerry and family , may her gentle soul rest in peace .


Gordon and Rosalind Ryan

My thoughts and prayers are with Donna’s family and friends at this time of sadness and loss. Marge (Shelley) McCabe , Class of ’69

Gerry and family. Our sincere condolences.
Pat and Doreen Walsh

So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Gerry, Karen and David, please accept our heartfelt sympathy on Donna`s passing. Unfortunately, we are out of province at this time but be assured that our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of profound loss. Hopefully, the sad moments of today and beyond will be eclipsed by all the truly beautiful memories of Donna`s life. Sincerely, Bill and Judy Earle..

Sears Family:
So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you. May you find comfort in your memories. God bless you all.
Doreen Greene (Samson)
Nursing Class of 69

Gerry and Family:
We are so very sorry to hear of Donna’s passing.
Please accept our sincere condolences.

So sorry Gerry to hear of Donna’s passing I have memories of many years ago of fun times. Take care be strong and God bless.

Sharon Bursey (Summers)

Gerry and family,
So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, I have some very fond Memories of Donna in our 3 yrs of nursing training, she will always be remembered. My condolences..
Audrey Blandford Elms
Class of 69

Uncle Gerald and family
you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sadness.
In love
Elizabeth and George Power and family, Barrie On.

To Donna’s family, On behalf of the General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni I wish to extend our deepest condolences on Donna’s recent passing. Please know that she will be remembered by the members in the roll call at the annual Alumni dinner and her name will be recorded in the Memoriam Book.
With sincere sympathy, Jeanette Walsh on behalf of Janice Squires, President, General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni

Gerry and Family,
Thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of Donna.
She will be missed by her classmates and remembered for her wit and great sense of humour.

Margie Thomas. (Pittman)
(Nursing Class of’69)

Uncle Gerald, Karen, David and family, We could not believe that Aunt Donna would be taken so quickly. She was always so much fun and full of life. She is safe with Krista now and her pain is over. We regret we can’t be with you to give you a hug, so hug each other for us. Remember the good times and be consoled that she is at rest. You are in our thoughts and prayers. All our love, Margie & Jerry

Gerry and Family- so sorry to learn of Donna’s passing. . My prayers go out to you . She will be missed.

Gerry and family
we can only offer our sympathy on your loss,she was a fine lady and will be missed.

So sorry to hear of Donna”s passing. Please extend our sincere sympathy to all the family, and know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Sorry we will not be able to attend her wake or funeral as we are away from home.

Gerry and Family:- We are very sorry to hear of Donna passing our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

To Karen and the Sears family,
We were so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. Deepest sympathy from Denise Carr and the Carr family.
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time

So shocked and sad to hear of Donna passing away..So many wonderful memories of growing up together and our schooling at Curtis Academy. We lost touch over the years,but she was not far from my thoughts. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Frank and Bette(Rowe) Power, Newmarket, Ontario

Gerry and family, we are so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Uncle Gerald, Karen and David, so sorry to hear of Aunt Donnas’ passing, you are in my prayers.

Gerry and family. So sorry to learn of Donna’s passing. My prayers go out to you and to our nursing family, the class of ’69. We will miss her, but never forget her.

Gerry and family,
I was very sad to hear of Donna’s passing, I have many wonderful memories of us growing up together on Prowse Ave. Donna was truly a sweet, caring, compassionate person and will always hold a special place in my heart. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends. My thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time.

Gerry, Karen and David, we are all so saddened by Donnas passing. She was indeed a very kind and caring person. Our family will always hold her dear to our hearts for the special relationship she had with mom. We know your special memories will help in the days and weeks to come. RIP Donna.

So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. We lived across the street on Smallwood for about 40 years and our children played together. My condolences to Gerry, Karen and David. Take care.

Barbara Clarke

Gerry and Family,
So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that our thought are with you at this sad time.
Wayne and Winnie Tibbo

David Sears ” & Family I’m Heart Broken this Morning to hear the passing of your Mom .All My Love is sent to you at this hurtful time . Hugs

Dave so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I am sorry for your loss Uncle Gerald and family, we are thinking of you at this difficult time.

Greg and Judy Sears, Vernon BC.

So sorry for your loss . I only knew Donna from Bingo and having a great game of cards at bingo. She was such a loving person . She will be missed.

It is with deep sadness that I send condolences to Donna’s Family and Loved Ones.
May her goodness and memories comfort you at this difficult time.
She will be missed. Rest in Peace Donna.
Ada (Campbell) Chow
Class of 69

Marilyn … I was so saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. May all the good memories you have guide you through this difficult time.

Jerry, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Donna was such a special lady.
She is now in the arms of God, with Krista by her side, May she rest in Peace.

My deepest condolences to your family

Gerry, Karen & David,
Please accept our condolences on the passing of Donna, she was a beautiful person who touched so many lives. We were so grateful when she came to visit us during our Darren’s passing,; even facing her own struggles she still managed to put someone else first. I know there are no words to ease the pain you are feeling but cherish the memories, don’t dwell on the disease that took her from you but talk and laugh about all the wonderful things she did as a wife,, mother, and friend. God Bless and take care of each other
Paula & Dave Taylor and
Leslie Taylor-Barbour

Condolences to Donna’s family, take comfort in your memories its a gift that death cannot erase.

Our hearts & thoughts are with all of Donna’s loved ones. A dear cousin who enjoyed a good laugh & fun times, she will be missed. Fond memories of times we shared. Love you cousin Donna. RIP.

My deepest condolences to all the family..Donna was so friendly and loved a laugh..I am honored ti have known her and consider her my friend ..may her memory live on in your hearts..R.I.P Donna you will be missed dearly

Gerry, Karen, Dave
I am so deeply saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. When Someone we love so dearly passes it always reminds me of a poem that was read at my Dad’s funeral.
Gods Garden.
God looked around his garden and saw an empty place.
He looked down at this earth and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful, he only takes the best.

Gerry, Karen and David,
My deepest sympathies on Donna’s passing. She was truly a special person with the kindest heart. Our family will forever remember her close friendship with our mother and the tremendous help she was in her illness. She was truly one of a kind.

Gerry and family.
Sadly it is in your time os sorrow that it takes people who have been in her past to reappear. I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to talk to Donna before her passing.. But as always no matter what life threw her she was always positive with all she endured. Thinking of you at this time when your hearts are broken.
Know your pain will ease as time flies by and sweet memories of here will strengthen you all… I am so very sorry

So very saddened to lose a very special cousin after such a short illness. She was always such a loving and giving person who gave her all to everyone around her. Have many wonderful memories of out young days in St Lunaire and we could never forget McPherson Ave where we shard the dining room table studying under Uncle Ralph’s guidance. Life threw you all heartbreak losing sweet Krista, but now you are united once again. Gone but never forgotten Donna. Love you.

Karen, and family

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom, may your loving memories of her help you through this difficult time. God Bless