Donna Stepp

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Donna Jean Stepp, nee Curle 68, of Belleville, IL, born February 22, 1949, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, January 31, 2018, in Belleville, IL.

Donna attended Roosevelt Grade School and Central Junior High School. She was a 1967 Graduate of Belleville Township High School. She then attended Central Business Institute and graduated in 1968. She worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for 35 years as a ward clerk and retired in 2004. Donna always loved her job and felt she learned something new every day. Donna was a life-long member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville, and a member of the Fireside Club at the church.

Donna enjoyed people of all generations, and she especially loved children. She loved watching television and enjoyed old musicals and good comedies. She also loved dancing, crafting and making beautiful flower arrangements. Her latest project was making greeting cards for all occasions. Donna will be missed by everyone who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur B. and Beatrice M., nee Steiner, Curle; her grandparents, Arthur T. and Lena, nee Ross, Curle, and Arthur W. and Mollie D., nee Paxson, Steiner; a brother-in-law, Daniel Brown; Aunts and Uncles; and a friend Dennis Braun.

Surviving are her husband of nearly 42 years, Lawrence A. Stepp, whom she married on June 25, 1976;
a sister, Mary Beth Brown of Belleville, IL;
a brother, Arthur E. (Linda) Curle of Belleville, IL;
step-nieces and nephews;
special friends, Sheila, nee Boos, (Jim) Fritz of Thornton, CO, Doris (Walter) Bronikowski of Statesville, N.C.,
Leanna Braun of Red Bud, Il, and Debbie (Brian) Myer and daughters Lily and Layla of Red Bud, IL:
and her special little furry baby, Rosie.

Donna expressed that she wanted to thank everyone that has been kind and supportive to her over the years, especially since her health problems increased. She felt she always had a good support group including her teachers, coworkers, and of course her family and friends.

“God saw me getting tired, and a cure not meant to be,
he put his arms around me, and whispered “come with me.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benld No Kill Shelter, 807 Stewert Avenue, Benld, IL, 62209 or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of St. Louis, 13801 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights, MO, 63043. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Herbert Schafale officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.



5 Comments on Donna Stepp

Sheila Fritze said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2018 at 3:21 PM

I can not remember Donna not being my friend. We must have become friends in preschool Sunday School class at St. Paul’s Church. Through all her life challenges Donna faced them with courage, bravery and a positive outlook. She is an example for all of us. You will always be in my heart, Donna. I will miss you and our conversations.

  • Thornton
  • Colorado
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019 said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2018 at 2:57 AM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Ben Brown at 618 624-8007. If unable to reach either one, you may call our alternate, Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Catherine Marl Beitscher (Stepp) said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2018 at 3:00 AM

Brother Larry, 41 years...with Donna was/is cherished eternally by many. I am truly sad for your loss, too big brother. Didn't get to know her yet through you, I notice the polishing, strengthening of your character, your reflection of the blending of souls cherished together. spirit.

Ray and Ruth Willett said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2018 at 1:37 PM

Our sympathies & prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Portia Clubb said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2018 at 1:03 AM

My condolences Larry! So sorry for your loss. You're in my thoughts & prayers. Donna was a very special person and will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Il.

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