Nelly Maria Donoso, Defiance, was born in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama, in 1928, and died peacefully in her home on January 22, 2013.
Nelly graduated with a B.A. from the University of Panama in biology and chemistry. Additionally, she received a professor of secondary education diploma with a specialty in biology and chemistry. She enjoyed teaching in Panama for nearly 10 years. However, her love of teaching was put aside to raise her children.
She is survived by siblings, Max Donoso of Panama, Mita Tristan of Panama, Raul Donoso of Panama, Jilma DeLosSantos of Panama, Casimiro Donoso of Nashville, Tenn., Dimia Clark of Houston, Texas, Fimia Morales of Los Angeles, Calif., and Otilia Tapia, Panama; daughters and sons-in-law, Marie and David Jaqua of Napoleon, Ohio, Darline and Charles Clemens of Defiance, and Mary and Merrill Oakes, Alpharetta, Ga. She always referred to her sons-in-law as her three sons. Also surviving are grandchildren, Nicole Clemens-Rohlf, Jeremy Clemens, David Clemens, Kelsey Oakes, Nathan Jaqua and Preston Oakes; and great-grandchildren, Robert Long, Danielle Clemens-Rohlf and Oktavia Rohlf.
She was preceded in death by her son, Darrell Seitz; and granddaughter, Deanna Darline Clemens.
To know Nelly was to love her! No one was a stranger to Nelly and she always put family first. She made it clear that when she died, she wanted her funeral to be a celebration. Therefore, we will honor her wishes as we celebrate her life of caring, devotion to family and her spirited personality.
Visitation will occur at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home at 529 Jefferson Avenue in Defiance, Ohio, on Friday, January 25, from 4-8 p.m. On Saturday, viewing will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at Defiance Christian Church, located at 955 Stanley Road in Defiance. The interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery. A luncheon will be held afterwards at Defiance Christian Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memoriam of Nelly to a children's home that she supported for many years: Hogar Santa Isabel at Apartado 0923-00012, Santiago do Veraguas, República de Panamá. Nelly will be missed by all who knew her.