Donna Clutts

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Donna J. Clutts, nee Cauble, 80, of Freeburg, IL, born August 21, 1942, in Granite City, IL, died Sunday, November 6, 2022, at Memorial Hospital East, Shiloh, IL.

Donna grew up in Dongola, Illinois where she was the majorette for the high school marching band. She then attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she received her elementary teaching degree and met her husband, John Clutts. They were married, moved to St. Louis and started their family.

After teaching eighth grade for a year at Anna-Jonesboro school, Donna became a mother and spent many years with her main focus being on raising her family.  She was also active in study clubs, leading cancer drives, book clubs, and PTO. The First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois also played an important role in her life where she taught Sunday school and Bible school for many years.

Donna was a substitute teacher before teaching several years (as a first and second grade teacher) at Horace Mann School in Mt. Vernon. After she retired, she moved to Freeburg, Illinois to be closer to her family – and anyone who knew Donna knew that family was always the most important thing to her, with her grandchildren being the highlight of her life. Watching Jayde in plays (and visiting her in Disney) going to Austin’s basketball games, watching Bella dance and Aria do her gymnastics was her absolute joy. Then, when Kayla joined the family, her band performances were added to the things she enjoyed.

Holidays were always a celebration with Christmas being her favorite time of year (followed closely by Thanksgiving). She loved traveling – mostly to Disney and Nashville, and music was a huge part of her life (Elvis!). Donna was the rock of her family and never missed a chance to tell her family to take the time to enjoy the memories, love your family, and never stop dancing.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of almost 23 years, John W. Clutts, whom she married on May 9, 1964, and who died on May 6, 1987; her parents, Don and Imogene, nee Stoner, Cauble; and a son, John Douglas Clutts.

She is survived by her two daughters, Tracy (Jack) Gerber and Natalie (Jeremy) Hayes;
and five grandchildren, Jayde (Cody) Powers, Kayla Gerber, Austin Lickenbrock, Isabella Hayes, and Ariana Hayes.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 10, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 10, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Brian Robison officiating.

Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2022, at St. John’s Cemetery, Dongola, IL.


17 Comments on Donna Clutts

Sheila Tackitt said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2023 at 9:00 PM

I just saw this 3.9.23. I worked with Donna at Horace Mann. Rach of those kids, not just the ones in her room, but all of them she loved as her own. She was one in a million. Her crowns in Heaven are many. My prayers continue to be with you.

  • Dix
  • IL
Charla Edmonds said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2022 at 6:51 AM

I was so saddened to hear of Donna Jean’s passing. I would see her at Cauble family gatherings. She was indeed a very, special lady and will be missed.

  • Lake St. Louis
  • MO
Thomas Dittmaier said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2022 at 1:15 PM

Such a shocking loss of a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt and lady. At least she is with John and John Douglas again. Prayers for her and all the family still grieving. So glad that I was able to see her one last time.

  • Tennessee
Dorothy Puckett said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2022 at 2:53 PM

My heart goes out to all of you. She was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. I worked with Donna at Horace Mann School and she was always a complete joy. My deepest & sincere sympathy to her beautiful family.

  • Mt Vernon
  • Il
Diane Terry said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2022 at 1:59 PM

Tracy, Natalie and families, I just heard of Donna's passing and my heartfelt sympathy to all. Your mother was one of the dearest, kindest, most gentle women I have had the privilege of knowing. She will be missed. s

  • IL
N. Myers said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2022 at 8:43 AM

Sending prayers and condolences to the family during this time.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
cheri honey said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2022 at 8:45 AM

As a kid growing up in Dongola, I looked up to Donna as a good role model. I was always so proud of her. Prayers for all of you.

  • ullin
  • il
Charlotte Snodsmith said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2022 at 7:19 AM

Your mother was a lovely woman with a constant smile.

  • Ht. Vernon
  • Illinois
Joe Aden said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2022 at 6:59 AM

My prayers for family. I went to school with her. Fine lady.

  • East Cape
  • IL
Karen Range said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2022 at 1:45 AM

Tracey, I am so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I know you two were very close and your heart is breaking. Your Mom was always very nice to me and again, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Highland
  • Illinois
Sandy Butchart said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2022 at 11:19 PM

Tracy-I understand your pain and sadness and pray for your mom and your and the entire family. Such a difficult time

  • Ellisville
  • MO
Vonna Williams said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2022 at 8:47 PM

Tracy & Natalie. I am so very sorry to hear about your precious mother. I am keeping you and your families in my thoughts and prayers.

  • West Chester
  • OH said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2022 at 6:57 PM

Tracy, Natalie and the Grandchildren, just saw this on Facebook but want to extend my heartfelt condolences to you for your lovely Mother! We were cousins and the Lord last week was bringing her up to me🙌🏻 I’m so sorry for you all because she leaves a great loss in your family of love and kindness! Because she gave her all to you 💕 My love to you all Aunt Patti (McDermott!) She will be happy with John John, and her family🕊

  • Flower Mound
  • Texas
Beth (Pyle) Guest said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2022 at 2:11 PM

Tracy and Natalie: Your Mom was a ray of sunshine- always kind, positive, and a blessing to many. My heart goes out to you both, and your families. 🙏❤️

  • Lake Geneva
  • WI
Doug and Rosalie Kreighbaum said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2022 at 12:41 PM

From our family to yours, our deepest condolences

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Lisa Turner said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2022 at 12:18 PM

Girls, I am so very sorry to read about the loss of your sweet momma. She was a joy to all that knew her. I loved my years teaching with Mrs. Clutts. She had such a strong love for her students, several of which needed her individual approach to connecting with each kids. She made her classroom a home. My Crayton had the privilege of having Mrs. Clutts. She encouraged his creativity and his strengths. What a blessing that God gave Mt. Vernon and teacher like Mrs. Clutts.

  • Mt. Vernon
  • IL
The Ervie Family said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2022 at 11:40 AM

Thinking of your family during this very difficult season and sending prayers and strength!! 🙏🏻

  • Saint Libory
  • Il

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