Donna Forness

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Donna Forness, 65, of Belleville, IL, born July 6, 1958, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, August 14, 2023, in Belleville, IL.

Donna worked at S.A.V.E. for many years. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL and enjoyed keeping score for the St. Mary’s women’s volleyball team. Donna loved to swim and won many medals in swimming at the Special Olympics. She also loved camping, pinochle, and her birthday parties. Donna was adored and loved by many and will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Delores, nee Middendorf, Forness.

She is survived by two brothers, Michael (Jan) Forness and Daniel Forness; a special niece and caregiver, Jayme Elkins; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to S.A.V.E. or St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 28, 2023, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 28, 2023, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Michael Arockiam and Msgr. William McGhee concelebrating.

A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2023, at DS Vespers (The Edge), 701 South Belt West, Belleville, IL, 62220. Please stop by and help us celebrate Donna. Wear St. Louis Cardinals baseball attire in honor of her lifetime love of her favorite team.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.



3 Comments on Donna Forness

Susan Zaring said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2023 at 10:11 PM

Prayers for Donna’s family. Memories abound with Donna at SAVE. She was a joy and put smiles on everyone’s faces. Thank you for your family. Donna and her Dad was always on hand to help SAVE. I was always impressed how professionally she answered the phone and relayed messages to her dad. I worked in the office and helped coach SAVE’s Special Olympic. Donna, I know everyone is smiling up in heaven. It was a honor to know you. Prayers all around.

  • Mascoutah
  • Il
Jo Ann Nadler said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2023 at 5:51 AM

I was one of Donna’s teachers at Belleville East. She was one of a kind. Dick Hays ran a golf tournament for PTOEC and Donna was our spokesperson with the celebrities. She loved talking to them and represented our program well. She had a great wit. It was a pleasure knowing her.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Kathy Dohrman Barrett said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2023 at 2:20 PM

Sorry for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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