She was born Nov. 24, 1929, in Terre haute, the daughter of Joseph Burk and Mary McKinney Burk.
She graduated from Glenn High School in 1947. That same year, she married Paul J. Novotney, who preceded her in death after 62 years of marriage.
Donna was a lifelong member of Holy Rosary Church and was active in serving her community throughout her life. She especially enjoyed her involvement in the "Friends of Seelyville." She also volunteered for Catholic Charities and was very active in the Christmas Store Project.
She enjoyed her membership in the Honey Creek Garden Club. She was a former 4-H Leader in the Lost Creek Township and served as art instructor at Annunciation School. She served as past president of her regional NCCW organization.
From 1955-80, Donna worked alongside her husband in the limestone sales business they owned.
Donna enjoyed art, music, cooking, history, gardening and traveling. Above all, Donna was a cherished mother and grandmother who loved to spend time with her family, friends and neighbors. She is fondly remembered as a very warm, cheerful and outgoing individual who loved to share stories about her family and local history with others.
Donna is survived by her five children Paula Sexton (Robert), Brownsburg, Joseph Novotney (Bonnie), Terre Haute, Gloria Novotney-Baker (Kent), Indianapolis, Maria Novotney, Denver, and Christopher Novotney (Kim), Clinton; five grandchildren Scott Novotney, Chrislyn Novotney, Jordan Novotney, (Kelly) Jill Sexton and Shambra Jennings (Jim); step-grandchildren Sara Dowdy (Jackson) and Brad Race; great-granddaughter Cadence Novotney and two step-great-grandchildren Reece and Bailey Dowdy; sister-in-law Sue Burk, Brazil; and many cherished relatives, friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Thomas J. Burk and her beloved husband Paul Novotney.
Visitation will be Friday, at French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave., Brazil, from 4-8 p.m., with Rosary Service beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Rosary Church in Seelyville, with Father Harold Rightor officiating. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Holy Rosary Church, 2957 N. Main St., Seelyville, Ind., 47878, or to the Friends of Seelyville, PO Box 249, Seelyville, Ind., 47878.
Donna's family would like to express their gratitude to their friends Roy and Joann McKee for their help and support.