Donna M. Barra Goehner

Donna M. Barra Goehner

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Donna M. Barra Goehner


CARBONDALE — Donna M. Goehner, nee Barra, 78, of Waterloo, formerly of O'Fallon, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Mercy South Hospital in St. Louis.

Donna received her doctorate in higher education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She was past president of the Illinois Library Association, and was dean of Libraries at Western Illinois University in Macomb.

She loved to read, making her job that much more of a joy. She was a member of the Dean's Council of Western Illinois University and the Rotary Club of Macomb.

She enjoyed traveling, and had a soft spot for animals. Donna was a loving, caring, outgoing woman who formed many wonderful friendships throughout her life, but above all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Elizabeth Barra, nee Cseke; and her brother, Robert J. Barra.

Surviving is her husband of 58 years, George Goehner; daughter, Michelle (Anthony Kris) Gundlach of Waterloo; and granddaughter Hannah Gundlach of Waterloo.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave., in O'Fallon. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Don Long officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

Memorials may be made to Belleville Area Humane Society at https:/ an animal related charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.

Condolences may be extended to the family online at

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