Donna L. Magnowski (nee Gudex), 65, died peacefully April 6th, 2022, at home surrounded by her loved ones after an 11-year battle with breast cancer. She was truly a warrior and an inspiration to all who knew her. Born February 24th, 1957, in West Bend, WI, she was the youngest child of four and only daughter to Howard Gudex and Lola (Krueger) Patterson.
Donna graduated from West Bend West, Class of 1977. She served 40 years in the hospitality industry and then felt compelled to help others in need. She took a position at Advocate Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in 2011 as a rehab aide where retired from in 2021.
Donna met the love of her life, Mark A. Magnowski in 1985 where he swept her off her feet at a Brewer's game. They married soon after in 1986. Donna brought with her a son, Justin, from a previous marriage and then had two children with Mark, Trevor and Cameron, to complete their family.
Donna was preceded in death by her father Howard Gudex, mother Lola Patterson, brother Steve Gudex, and her long-time friend Terry Foster.
Donna's legacy lives on through her husband Mark, three sons Justin (Lisa) Phillips, Trevor (Jasmine) Magnowski, and Cameron (Stefani) Magnowski, and grandchildren, Adeline and Lola Phillips and Marek Magnowski. She is also survived by her two brothers, Gary (Kim) and Wayne (Sherri) Gudex, many nieces and nephews, and her best friend Patty Markert-Heine.
Donna was deeply loved by all who knew her-from family to friends to co-workers. Her closest family and friends will always remember her outgoing, loving, caring and fun nature, especially while at King Pin for Packer games when they had buy-one get-one free drink tokens, Saturday morning farmer's market adventures, and her adoration for her three grandchildren. Her delicious baked goods will surely be missed by all who have had the pleasure to taste them. There is a permanent void in all of our hearts. Donna will be painfully missed.
Donna's care has been entrusted to Phillip Funeral Home, 1420 W. Paradise Drive; West Bend, WI, 53095. A viewing will be held on Saturday, April 16 from 1 to 2:45pm at Phillip Funeral Home with a service at 3pm. A celebration of life will be held at King Pin Bowl to follow.
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