Donna S. Connor of Lincoln University

Donna S. Connor, 84, of Lincoln University, died Monday, Dec. 4. She was the wife of Jim Connor with whom she shared 58 years of marriage.

Donna S. Connor

Donna was born in Ridley Park, in 1933 to Alfred Schmidt and Jean Rauche Schmidt. She lived most of her young life in Arlington, Va. where she graduated from Washington Lee High School in 1950.

After graduation, Donna worked at the Pentagon in Washington, and later at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. From there she ventured to Palm Beach, Fla. where she worked as a legal secretary at the Palm Beach Air Force Base. Many happy years were spent hanging out on the beach where she eventually met and married her husband, Jim.

The family moved to Valley Forge, in the 1970s, where Donna's love of landscape design and gardening took form. She went to college in her 40's and earned a master gardener certificate for landscape design from Temple University. Donna was the happiest when digging in her garden or tending to her roses.

Donna had a passion for good food and became co-owner of a much-loved sandwich shop in West Palm Beach, Fla. while in her mid-50s. She continued this passion at home where she enjoyed cooking gourmet meals for family and friends. An adventurous soul, Donna enjoyed hang gliding and even skydiving, which she tried for the first time at age 80.  Her true love, however, was her family, both two-legged and four-legged.

Donna is survived by her husband, Jim; a sister, Laura Shaner and brother in law, Stan; two daughters, Lisa Hable and Shannon Przywara, son in law Ron; and her granddaughters Madeline, Anna, Sara and Sydney. Memorial contributions in Donna's memory can be made to the Brandywine Valley SPCA in Pennsylvania, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, P, 19380. Interment will be held privately. Arrangements made by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home of Kennett Square. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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