Donna M. Paige, 86, Green Bay, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. She was born on June 8, 1935, in Green Bay to the late Clement and Florence (Raynen) Wirtz. On November 25, 1954, she married Graham Paige at Grace Lutheran Church in Green Bay. He preceded her in death in 2001. Graham and Donna then moved to Madison and Donna began working in a downtown Madison department store and later the phone company. After her first child was born, she transitioned to being at stay-at-home mother, focusing on raising her family. Donna loved animals and was the mother to many cats throughout the years. She enjoyed reading, taking long walks, watching old movies and musicals. In her younger years, she liked to go roller skating and ice skating. Donna was strong in her faith. She was an avid Packers fan and rarely missed watching a game. In her later years, she regularly scored prizes as the reigning bingo champion at the Rennes Health Center.
She is survived by her children, Kathy (Randy) Rose, Bill (Linda Grota) Paige and Harlan Paige; grandchildren, Troy Pleau, Andy (Dana) Paige, Melissa (Mike) Nace and Casey (Grant James) Kyles; step-grandchildren, Nicholas Grota, Amanda Kyles, Ana (Brady) Nelson and Angela (Matt) Strasse; great-grandchildren, Madison Pleau, Breanna Pleau and Molly McGinn; siblings, Carol Valentine, Judy (David) Kellner, Edward Wirtz and Steve Wirtz; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Julie Paige; siblings, Clem Wirtz, Bobby Wirtz and Clarice (Bill) Swanson; sister-in-law, Jonny Wirtz; brother-in-law, Richard Valentine.
Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., on Monday, February 7, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service. Funeral service 6:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Entombment will take place at the Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary of Green Bay, where Donna spent a lot of happy times, or to an animal shelter of the donor’s choice.
The family would like to thank the staff at Rennes Health and Rehab especially Gail, for their care and compassion.