Edward Donner

  • Born: January 17, 1928
  • Died: February 24, 2019
  • Location: Avon Lake, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

163 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Tel. (440) 933-3202

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother, Friend

Edward M. Donner, 91 of Avon formerly of Avon Lake passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 24, 2019. He was born to parents Edmond and Helen (nee Balacek) Donner on January 17, 1928 in Cleveland, OH.

Edward served in the U.S. Army Corp at the end of WWII. Edward married the love of his life and soulmate Rita (nee Lorenz) on September 11, 1948. They spent 48 wonderful years together till her passing in 1997. He worked as a tool designer and tool engineer for Ridge Tool Company Inc. for 28 years retiring in 1992. Edward was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. He loved his family and spending time with them. He attended his grandchildren's school events and activities. Edward enjoyed bowling, fishing, woodworking and traveling with his late wife Rita whenever possible.

He is survived by his loving children Ilona Rhodes, Edward J. Donner and Laura (Warren) Rasch; dear grandchildren George (India) Meesig, Chandra Meesig, Melissa Rhodes, Genevieve (Justin) Kowalczyk, Mariah Donner, Michael Donner, Cassandra Tenorio and Camille Rasch; great-grandchildren Jonah Meesig, River Meesig and Ian Meesig.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife Rita (nee Lorenz) of 48 years and his sister Virginia Holliday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forwarded to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church 32747 Lake Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012.

Friends may call on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm for a visitation at BUSCH FUNERAL HOME 163 AVON BELDEN RD., AVON LAKE, OH 44012. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 4, 2019 at 11:00am at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial to take place at a later date. www.buschcares.com 440-933-3202


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our condolences to you and your family may God help you cope with the loss of your loved one.

Posted by A friend   March 23, 2019

We will keep your family in our thoughts during this time of sadness and hope the many good memories will help you celebrate Mr. Donner's long life and family legacy.

Bob and Jeanie Long

Posted by Bob Long - Beavercreek, OH   February 27, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the Donner Family & Friends. I worked with Ed at the Ridge Tool Company (RIDGID) in Elyria, OH prior to him retiring on or about 1992....? I recall Ed telling me about growing up and living directly across the street from the St Procop Church where I attended mass every day and 1 thru 8th Grade School.

I always enjoyed interfacing with Ed at RTC prior to his retirement from the Manufacturing Engineering Department..

Posted by John Ziska - Bay Village, OH   February 27, 2019

My condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort sustain you now and in the days ahead. May God also grant you a measure of peace.

Posted by B    February 27, 2019

I've known your Dad since he moved in next door to me at Devonshire. We talked over the fence on many occasions and he gave me hints on raising roses. He was a wonderful and thoughtful neighbor. He will be missed. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Gerry Hiller    February 27, 2019

Dear Donner Family, Although you have never met us, we moved to Devonshire Neadows 2 years ago, and your Dad was one of the nicest and easy-going guys we had the blessing to meet in here. We lived one street passed Ed's. I got to know Ed when he and I, and another fella (Kenny) worked out every morning in the Exercise Room. We had a lot in common to talk about, especially politics! When we had Game Nites in here, he would sit with my wife and me, playing a dice game. He would drive down our street and always stop to talk. He was just a great guy. We will sure miss him, as will all the other friends Ed made in here. I am going to let Kenny know of his passing. Rest in peace, Ed.
Sincerely, with our condolences, Tom and Linda Martin (2779)

Posted by Tom, Linda Martin - Avon, OH   February 27, 2019

Rest with peace sweet Uncle Ed. Give big hugs to your sister Ginny for me.Our deepest sympathy to the Donner family. Love and prayers .

Posted by Cindi Holliday Veite - Medina, OH - Family   February 27, 2019

May God give your family comfort during your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   February 27, 2019

Condolences to you Lonnie, and your family.

Posted by Tony Tomanek - Avon Lake,, OH   February 27, 2019


Man, what a rich life. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

Memories of your mom and dad of those years which was really not that long ago on Webster and later in Avon Lake.

I too miss him.


Posted by Jim Stepancik - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   February 27, 2019

I'm so sorry for your lose. I'm glad you guys were all together to help celebrate Tommy and Destiny's graduation parties. He was a kind man and everyone who knew him will miss him.

Posted by Dusty Stumpf - Medina, OH - Family Friend   February 26, 2019

Our most sincerest condolences to one of the nicest, gentleman we know. Ed was one of a kind. They just don't make them like him anymore. He was seeet and kind and also very handsome. I am sure he is up in heaven right now with his dearly beloved Rita and they are both smiling down on his wonderful family that he loved with all of his heart. We will miss you Cousin Eddie! ❤

Posted by Bill and Sue Baumann - North Royalton, OH - Family   February 26, 2019

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