BUTLER: As a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Donna embraced those dearest to her with Christ-like love. It was with this love that on Saturday, May 15, 2021, Donna L. (Lotz) Beal went to be with her Lord and Savior following a short illness. Having served the Lord with all her heart, she received her reward, for God is just. “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” She was 90 years young.
Donna was born August 25, 1930, in Palmyra, the daughter of Charles and Nevah (Yarman) Lotz, and was a lifelong area resident. Growing up in a home with no running water and eight siblings, Donna welcomed the challenges of an unprivileged childhood, and cherished the memories of these years. She lived her life with a humbling ability to be thankful in the toughest of situations, always finding the silver lining when others could not. This outlook on life she attempted to pass on to all she encountered.
During high school, Donna worked as a waitress in the Topper Hotel Restaurant in Fredericktown. It was there she met a young ball player from Butler, Gene Beal. He asked her out to a show and, from that day on, the couple was inseparable. On July 16, 1949, the two were married in Newport, KY. Among other things, they enjoyed square dancing, roller skating, passionately attending their children’s and (great) grandchildren’s sporting events, and annually vacationing as a couple to Myrtle Beach and with the extended family to Lake Erie for over 60 years. They made their home in Butler where they raised their two children. Gene preceded Donna in death on November 12, 2012.
For 30 years, after ensuring the family was taken care of, Donna would walk to Butler Schools where she was employed in the cafeteria as the lunch cashier. She knew all the names of her students and their families, up to four generations in some, and always kept a little change purse nearby for emergencies and special treats.
Always serving, Donna was a member of Palmyra Church of Christ where she was baptized in 1942. She taught Sunday and Bible school and helped with the youth group. Involved in her church family, she was willing to help with any task and was strongly devoted to her faith.
She was a member of Mother’s Club, very active at the Butler Adult Center and enjoyed daily trips to the McDonald’s coffee club. She followed her OSU Buckeyes and loved cheering for the Chicago Bulls, particularly in the unforgettable 90’s while watching her favorite player, Dennis Rodman.
Donna shined with joy when surrounded by her family. Most Fridays was a “Girls Night” - a date with dinner and games. Donna was a fierce competitor at euchre, dominos or any game often ending her dinner prayer with the phrase “…and please Lord, let me win!” She showed her love with food, spending time in the kitchen as a family cooking, sharing a meal, or making the favorites of each family member such as strawberry jam, applesauce, corn meal mush, broccoli cheese casserole, her Mother’s buns, and chocolate pie.
Sharp as a tack until the end, Donna Beal will be remembered for her big heart, always full of love and acceptance. A wonderful example of honor, Donna always told the truth, even if it wasn’t easy to hear, and showed her unending love with her actions of caring and compassion.
She is survived by her daughter Marsha Beal of Butler, and daughter-in-law Sue Beal of Loudonville; grandchildren: Tamara (Alex) Rodriguez of Lexington, KY, Gordon Matthew (Kate) Eyster of Shelby, Lindsay (Ted) Hollinger of Mansfield, Josh (Ines) Beal of Austria, and Justin Beal of Virginia; great grandchildren: Nic and Max Eyster, and Ella and Oskar Beal; brother Larry (Carolyn) Lotz of Bellville, numerous nieces and nephew, a large extended family and a host of great friends.
In addition to her beloved husband, she was preceded in death by her son Mark in 2017, and siblings Gerald, Eileen, Leo, Jim, Norma Jean, Pat, and Dick.
The Beal Family will receive friends Friday, May 21, 2021, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home with a worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Donna Beal to be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Friends may call the hour prior to the service. Pastor Troy Northrop will officiate. Burial will follow at Zion Four Corners Cemetery.
Contributions in Donna’s memory may be made to Worthington Township-Butler Rescue Squad or the Butler Adult Center.
Messages to the family are encouraged at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.