Donna Heafner

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Donna Jo Heafner, nee Bendick, 79, of Belleville, IL, born March 29, 1944, in East St. Louis, IL, died Monday, March 4, 2024, at her residence.

Donna worked as a secretary for the St. Clair County Board for many years. She loved her cats, going golfing, raising flowers, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fan. Donna was a lifelong member of Signal Hill Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Francis E. “Frank” Heafner, whom she married on August 26, 1967, and who died on January 2, 2023; her parents, Martin Sr. and Geneva W., nee Stimson, Bendick; and her brother, Martin Bendick, Jr.

Surviving are her sister, Diane (Tom) Surber; a brother, Stephen (Vicki) Bendick; many nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

Memorials may be made to Signal Hill Lutheran Church and the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Private burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



10 Comments on Donna Heafner

Linda Watson said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2024 at 1:02 PM

My sincerest condolences Diane,I am so sorry to have not known this until now...I loved she and Frank,hard to believe they're both gone,but together again.He loved shopping for her... Linda Watson..

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Don & Pat Bartels said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2024 at 4:49 PM

To Donnas family, we are so sorry to hear of Donnas passing. Always a smile and friendly greeting. She and Frank will be missed.

  • Glen Carbon,
  • Il
Mary Alvarez said : Guest Report Mar 08, 2024 at 10:36 PM

Dear Diane and family So sorry to hear about Donna. I always enjoyed our times together at the golf course. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Vickie Boydte said : Guest Report Mar 08, 2024 at 11:09 AM

I worked with Donna for many years at the Courthouse and always remembered going boating with her and Frank when I was a teenager and a friend of her brother Steve. She was a wonderful person and will be missed! RIP Donna and I know you are happy with your Frank! ❤️

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Diane Jakes, Lyphout said : Guest Report Mar 07, 2024 at 10:16 AM

So sorry to hear about Donna. We will always cherish the memories of her, Frank, and the family from the years gone by. She will be missed!

  • Vinton
  • IA 52349
Lon said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2024 at 8:41 PM

So sorry to hear about Donna. We will cherish the memories of her , Frank, and the family always! She was always such a ball of energy, will missed by many.

  • Vinton
  • IA
Judy Marchand said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2024 at 11:53 AM

I worked with Donna years ago she was always had a smile and very helpful to to everyone! She will missed. Prayers for her family!

  • Belleville
  • IL
David & Janice Bassler said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2024 at 11:16 AM

We are saddened by the loss of Donna. She is in thoughts.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Shari Dahm said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2024 at 10:15 PM

I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Gerry Davidson said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2024 at 7:12 PM

I am so very very sorry. Had no idea about Frank either. Have so many fond memories of selling their home for them years ago and then assisting them with moving to Covered Bridge. She always stopped when our paths crossed and we talked about them still living in the setting of their dreams. They so loved it there. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. So upset will be out of State on Friday but please know if there is any way I could I would be there. Truly one of my all time favorite couples...God Speed Donna...until we meet again

  • Smithton
  • Illinois

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