Donna Marie Bessmer, 79, of Medina, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012, with her surviving children at her side. Donna Marie was born July 13, 1933 in Cleveland, to the late Raymond “Butch” and Ann Marie Dieckman. She grew up in Chatham Township and graduated from Chatham High School in 1951.
Donna Marie worked on the family dairy farm. She was a Professional Female Wrestler from 1951-1956 and owned and operated the Gazebo Restaurant and Lounge from 1981-1994.
She is survived by sons, Raymond and Thad (Christine); Daughters, Yvonne (John) Brine and Kimberly Jo (Bryon) Foster; 19 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; son-in-law, Ross Kerr; and sisters, Joan (Dan) Garris and Patricia (Jim) Ferrier
Donna Marie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Karl, April 1, 2012; and a daughter, Veronica Kerr. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved by all “up to the moon and back”.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, January 4, 2013, 11 A.M., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 606 East Washington St., Medina. (Family and friends are asked to meet at the church). Calling hours are Thursday, January 3, 2013, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M., at the Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City. Burial will be at York Township Cemetery, Mallet Creek, Ohio
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice of Medina County.