Donna Young

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Donna Jeanne Young, nee Shepherd, 78, of Belleville, IL, born February 10, 1944, in East St. Louis, IL, died Friday, August 12, 2022, after a brief fight with cancer.

Donna started her career with a St. Louis news station. She then worked for A.G. Edwards, where she worked her way up from broker’s assistant to running the A.G. Edwards broadcasting department, and then moved on to marketing.  Donna was always involved in her community and many groups. She was active in the League of Women Voters, Women in Leadership, St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, the Community Interfaith Food Pantry, Highland Neighborhood Association, and many other causes. Donna ended her career in the church office at St. Paul United Church of Christ, where she enjoyed her job immensely. She especially enjoyed the days the preschool children were in session.  She said seeing those smiling little faces, hearing their giggles and sometimes tears, touched her heart. That’s what life is all about, live life to the fullest, don’t be afraid to tell family and friends that you love them, stay in touch, call, text, write, visit…. each day is a new beginning.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Mary, nee Standerfer, Shepherd.

She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Jim Young; two sons, Robert (Shannon) Young and Stephen (Jamie) Young; a granddaughter, Allyson Young; a sister, Debi (Jerry) Schifferdecker; two nieces, Courtney (Joe) Boron and Kayce (Kyle) Ketrow; an uncle, Floyd Sauerhage; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Community Interfaith Food Pantry or to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2022, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2022, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Michelle Torigian officiating.



9 Comments on Donna Young

Jane Lynch said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2022 at 6:25 PM

Sending my sympathy on the loss of Donna. I so enjoyed working with her for many years at A. G. Edwards. Jim and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Ed & Romona Hahn said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2022 at 1:30 PM

We appreciate all the kindness Donna always graced us with during our time with AGE (1996-2006). Sorry for the family’s loss.

  • Texarkana
  • TX
Jesse Arms said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 6:48 AM

Donna was a force for good. She’ll be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Karen Ohara said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 9:53 AM

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Donna. Rip. Karen ohara

  • Belleville
  • Il
Roger Baldridge said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 2:20 PM

Donna sure did her part for the betterment of the community. I wish I could be there to say goodbye. My memories of Donna is of family holiday get togethers when we were young at uncle Gene and aunt Cy’s. Condolences go out to our family, her friends and the community who has lost a great advocate.

  • Cary
  • NC
Kriste Marshiano said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 11:43 AM

To one of the most remarkable and impactful women. Beyond grateful for all that you have done for me and my family. I miss you and will miss your wise advice. Our condolences to her family (amazing) and friends who she has touched. Love you.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Rob Donaldson said : Guest Report Aug 15, 2022 at 8:42 PM

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Donna and I worked together in Corporate Communications at A.G. Edwards. She was always friendly. Nothing got her down. She always had a twinkle in her eye. She was very smart and often would just take care of whatever needed to be done. There’s so much more that could be said about this friend of many. I was blessed to have the opportunity to know my colleague and friend Donna.

  • St Louis
  • Mo
Sherry Wilhelm said : Guest Report Aug 15, 2022 at 3:46 PM

Donna you were such a wonderful person. I miss you so much already. I will always remember our talks and our quiet work Fridays. Rest in Peace!

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Anne Harter said : Guest Report Aug 15, 2022 at 9:54 AM

Thank you, Donna, for your selfless efforts to assure we are all treated with respect, equality and equitably. Your efforts, I am sure, are an inspiration to your husband Jim, children and grandchildren. We can rest in peace because of your efforts. Thank you. Anne Harter, neighbor

  • IL

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