Donna Lavonne Herchenbach

August 22, 1947 - March 9, 2022

Donna Lavonne Herchenbach, 74, a resident of Fort Myers, FL for the past ten years, formerly of Fox Lake, IL passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2022 in Cape Coral, FL. She was born August 22, 1947 in Cincinnati, OH to Robert and Ethel Myers, now deceased.  Preceded in death by her beloved husband Tony Herchenbach; her sisters Eddie, Laurie and brother Johnny.

Donna was of the Christian faith. She was baptized by Reverend Timothy Taylor of Fort Myers, Florida.  Ma, loved Florida, animals and her family.  The latest member of her extended family was a rescue, Lucy, who she adopted at the end stage of Lucy’s life as she was the ugliest dog at the shelter and she wanted to make sure she was saved.  She walked Lucy often, usually leading by several yards.  Donna saved and loved more animals than we can probably remember including cats, dogs, birds and even a tortoise.  Always rescuing any animal, she could.  Donna loved Florida, and no matter how many times she moved away from the state she always came back and was able to spend her last years in the sunshine and warm weather she loved.  Donna was a devoted sister, who would help without being asked and kept a family photo treasure trove which was a gift to us all after she passed.  As a mom Donna loved and asked for nothing in return, she wanted to not be a burden, and she never was.  Thank you for all the love, the cookies, and all the animals you brought into our lives.  Know that your love for animals and love for us is what we will carry with us.

She is survived by three loving children, Ryan Glenn Walker (Jeannette) of Olathe, KS, Kim Johnson (Gerry) of IL, and Gregory Scott Walker of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren, Casey, Kenny, Joey, Krista, Stephanie, Moriah, and Maddison; three great grandchildren, Cole, Kasen, and Hunter; four siblings, Jeannie Hoover of Mt. Vernon, OH, Gail Ragan of Easley, SC, Janna Pierce of OH, and David Myers (Elsie) of Cape Coral, FL; as well as many nieces and nephews in Tennessee, Florida, Ohio, Arizona and Illinois.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Donna Lavonne Herchenbach are suggested to St Peter Lutheran Church, 3751 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 or Small Paws Rescue of Florida:

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Ryan Walker Mar 20, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    Ma and David

  2. Ryan Walker Mar 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Ma and Ryan

  3. Ryan Walker Mar 20, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Donna and her Siblings

  4. Ryan Walker Mar 20, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Young Donna

  5. Ryan Walker Mar 20, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    Young Donna too

  6. Ryan Walker Mar 20, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Ma and Tony

  7. Ryan Walker Mar 20, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    Ma and Grandpa

  8. Alicia Westerviller Mar 22, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Love and miss you so much Aunt Donna. Your loving heart will never be forgotten. Love, Alicia, Dejuan, Daijha & Braxton

  9. Jana Pierce Mar 22, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    You are loved and missed so much. I know you are keeping an eye on all of us. Say hi once in awhile ok?
    Love and miss you

  10. Cheryl Hoover Mar 26, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    Will miss you Aunt Donna!! Think of you always!! Cheryl Hoover

  11. Ryan Walker Aug 22, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Ma,
    Today is your Birthday and I sure miss you so much!
    Love your son

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