Date of Birth: June 29, 1937
Date of Death: April 11, 2021
Donna Piller Koerper age 83 of Phoenix, Arizona passed away in her home on April 11, 2021. She was born June 29th 1937 in Mendota, Illinois to George and Bertha Simpson Piller. Donna was educated at Mendota Township High School, graduated from Rockford School of Cosmetology in 1955. Had a busy beauty shop in her home for many years then decided to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. and in 1977 attended Sauk Valley College in Sterling Illinois. Her nursing career started in Phoenix, Arizona where they moved the family in 1979. She was able to work in many hospitals and nursing homes in the Phoenix area. She so enjoyed being a nurse and helping others. Because of her affliction with Macular Degeneration she was one of 100 people chosen by Prevent Blindness America to go to Washington DC to lobby for research funds for all eye diseases. Attending both in 2006 and 2007, she enjoyed the experience of speaking with different Congressional offices, along with visiting the many sites in DC. Donna is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard Koerper and one brother Delbert Piller of Pontiac, Illinois. She is survived by, one brother, Walter & Judy Piller of Ottawa, Illinois and a sister in law, Wanda Piller of Pontiac, Illinois. Three daughters, Pam Koerper of Phoenix, Penny & Gary Nollenberger of Phoenix, Paula & John Joseph of Phoenix. Along with two grandsons, Tommy & Ali Joseph of Colorado Springs and Michael & Melissa Joseph of Phoenix along with one great grand daughter Gavin Lillie Joseph of Colorado Springs and another one on the way from parents to be Michael & Melissa. Donna loved and enjoyed her family so much, along with her many friends with whom she had long lasting relationships, her church friends, all her friends at her retirement community and the wonderful nurses and employees of Hospice of the Valley. Who lovingly cared for her the last 7 months of her life.
A celebration of life in honor of Donna will be held Saturday May 1st, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Located at Best Funeral Services 501 East Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix 85020