Donna Jean Gliniecki, 63, Mosinee, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at Marshfield Medical Center-Weston, after a brief illness.
She was born March 11, 1959, in Merrill, the daughter of the late James and Erma (Lupton) Jirovec. Following James’s death, Erma met and married Leslie Neumann. Donna married Michael Gliniecki on May 3, 1986, at Grace Lutheran Church in the town of Maine. He survives.
Donna grew up on a farm in the town of Berlin and graduated from Wausau West High School in 1977, the UW-LaCrosse in 1981 and received her master’s degree in social work from UW-Madison in 1983. She then went on to work at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Mason City, Iowa, Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Services, first in Milwaukee and then in Wausau, and then at St. Joseph Hospital (now Marshfield Medical Center) in Marshfield, where she had been employed for the past 16 years.
Donna’s two main priorities in life were faith and family, and she served both callings enthusiastically. She had been a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mosinee, since her return to the area and was very involved in the activities of her congregation. Being the mother of three active children also kept her very active herself, and she could always be seen at various school and athletic functions. Additionally, she had been active as a volunteer at the Grand Theater in Wausau for the past several years. Donna enjoyed travel, Woodchuck and Brewer games, and family gatherings (where she earned a reputation as a very competitive card player).
In addition to her husband, Donna is survived and will be missed by her children, Daniel (Grace) Gliniecki, Timothy Gliniecki and Jessica (fiance’ Ryan Bork) Gliniecki; her grandchildren, Edrea Nest and Forest Gliniecki; her siblings, Linda (Wilfred) Krenz, Philip (Dana) Jirovec, Patricia (John) Utecht, Lunette (Randal) Dehnel, Darrell (Jodi) Neumann, Karen (Scott) Worden, and Karla (Keith) Staus; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, her nephew, Thomas Utecht, and her special aunt and uncle, Lorraine and Paul Fehr, along with many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mosinee. The Rev. Andrew Ewald will officiate. Burial will be in Mosinee Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee. Visitation will be again from 10 a.m. Saturday until time of services at the church. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.bestefh.com.