Donna E. Rychel

Donna E. Rychel

March 08, 1927 ~ January 10, 2021


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Donna Elizabeth Rychel, age 93, died January 10, 2021 at home in Vero Beach, FL.

She was born March 8, 1927 in Saginaw, MI to the late Andrew Eschenbacher and Elizabeth Kratochvil.

Donna was a graduate of Arthur Hill High School. She earned her Nursing degree in Saginaw.

She had worked as an LPN in hospitals in Saginaw and later as an administrative assistant in the Saginaw County Mental Health Unit on education programs for those with disabilities.  Donna retired from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.

She moved to Vero Beach in 1987 and was a member of Living Lord Lutheran Church, Vero Beach.

Donna was an avid golfer and champion bridge player in the Vero community.

She is survived by her son, Leland (Jan) Rychel; grandchildren, Jason (Angela) Rychel, Scott (Amber) Rychel, and Jennifer (Casey) Farmer; and five grandchildren.

Donna was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, James Rychel, in 2018; sisters, Doris Frederick and Denise Hinson; and great-grandson, Isaac.

Donna and Jim loved life. They enjoyed dancing, golfing, and spending time relaxing in the sun at the beach. Visits from family were a special treat they always looked forward to. Prior to moving to Florida, they could be found camped in the many state parks in Northern Michigan.

Memorial contributions in Donna’s name, may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960,

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.


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Diane DuBose - Friend

January 13, 2021, 8:43 pm

You will be missed my friend. We had some good laughs while you sat in my chair at the beauty shop. My deepest condolences to your family.

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