Our Family and Our Community have suffered a loss.
The Glueckert Family has suffered a profound loss. Our family extends to every person who is part of our providential mission to comfort families at their most difficult times. That includes all of us, the immediate Glueckert family and all of our staff family who carry out the most important ministry there is for people who have experienced a loss.
We hurt. We lost Donna Lange.
Donna was a truly exceptional funeral director. Graceful and gracious. So many families could attest to her compassionate, professional guidance and service to them in circumstances that were unbearable in their sadness and loss. Her professional colleagues, brothers, and sisters really, feel the incredible loss of a colleague, a dear friend, and a beloved member of their work family.
Donna embraced every service and outreach ministry we engaged in. More so, she did it with an eagerness that highlighted her zest for helping other people. It was in the fabric of her DNA to be a helper, and to bring unbridled enthusiasm to every effort she was part of. We do a lot of outreach here. That would be entirely impossible without a person like Donna, who was a fully devoted member of our Opioid Awareness Team, a vigorous Flag Waver and a member of the honor guard at our Memorial Day Parade entry and other Veteran’s events we were part of or hosted. Our families who attended the Christmas Luminary Remembrance Service will remember Donna’s welcoming smile and comforting words and know without doubt just how happy she was to see all of them again after the services for their loved ones were completed. They’ll also remember how absolutely beautiful she looked at these events. They were special to her and she dressed to the nines, willing to endure the discomfort of high heels and other fashion inconveniences! For the families she served and the family she represented, Donna was more than willing to go the extra mile. Always.
We will miss Donna here. For everything she did and who she was. Her husband Scott and daughters Maxine and Suzanne were always part of the Donna package. They loved her enough to be as big a part of everything we did, and do it with a bright disposition and smiles and wonderful humor. Donna inspired all of us that way. As a family, they brought levity to our entire family at work. She volunteered her family for everything we did. There was no reason for her to ask them first. She knew that what was important to her, was important to them. Being universally loved is a gift; a gift Donna possessed in magnitude.
In passing, Donna continued giving as an organ donor. It would surprise no one that her generosity existed beyond her life here. To know that others are living and thriving because of Donna’s generous life gifts is something we can continue to admire about this remarkable woman.
It will remain a mystery how tragic things can happen to such truly good people. We are at one with all the families we serve as we cope with and grieve our own very personal and difficult loss. As always, our prayers will remain with all of you. Please pray for Scott, Maxine, Suzanne and Donna’s family as well. If we can be so humble as to ask, please pray for our whole Glueckert Family of Directors and Staff. Our loss is profound.