Donna J. Bochat

  • Born: February 24, 1941
  • Died: September 19, 2020
  • Location: Palatine, Illinois

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Donna Jean Bochat, age 79, of Palatine, Illinois passed away on September 19, 2020.

She was born on February 24, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Alfred and Laurel Zacharias.

She married the love of her life, Ronald Bochat on May 6, 1961 and they spent 59 wonderful years together.

Donna is survived by her loving husband Ronald; her children Gregg (Carol) Bochat of Crystal Lake, IL, Audra (Jim) Daugherty of Wauconda, IL; her grandchildren Allison, Brandon and Corey Bochat; as well as her siblings Lynn (Lloyd) Meyer of Arlington Heights, IL, and Lee (Joanne) Zacharias of Mesquite, CO.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her mother and father in law Raymond and Ethel Bochat.

Donna was best known for her love of her grandchildren, she cherished every minute she got to spend with them. In her spare time she enjoyed golfing, and spending time outside in her gazebo admiring her garden she worked very hard on.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Donna's name to the Memorial Fund of Saint Paul Church 144 E. Palatine Road Palatine, IL. 60067.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Donna, I sure miss you! Our high school club gets smaller and smaller!! Not in a good way!

Posted by Joan Damascus - Prospect Heights, IL - Friend   February 15, 2021

My oldest friend, from first grade through high school. Donna was a very special lady, artistic a great baker, athletic and decorated her beautiful home where friends were always welcome. Yes, she loved family and they loved her back. Her death shocked us and we still can' t believe she is gone.
Donna will live in our hearts until we meet again. Love you kiddo.

Posted by Patt & Mike Trimarco - St. Charles, IL - Friend   February 05, 2021

It was an honor to care for her dental needs as her hygienist at Palatine Complete Dental. She was a sweet lady. May she rest forever in the loving arms of Jesus. Prayers for her family.

Posted by Juli Tragasz - Palatine, IL - Acquaintance   December 14, 2020

Donna and I grew up on the same block on Oketo St. in Chicago. Her parents and mine were friends long before before they were married until they all passed away. Donna and I walked together to the same school and shared many preteen memories. We grew apart after highschool, marriage and new families but always stayed in touch and enjoyed being "telephone friends" all the while she lived in Palatine and I lived in Hoffman Estates. We shared many memories and news of our thriving families through the years. I wish we had been closer, but our friendship continued mostly on the telephone for several years and I am so sorry for her loss. My deepest sympathy to Ron and their family.

Posted by Judy (Caspari) Kucz - Schaumburg, IL - Family Friend   November 03, 2020

My sincere condolences to the families. She was a wonderful person and will be missed

Posted by Linda Lorenz - Sarasota, FL - Family   September 25, 2020


Was very sad to learn of the passing of my Aunt Donna. She and Uncle Ron were always so very kind to me, she was always there to listen whenever I needed it. I loved the Holidays as a kid getting to celebrate at her house with ALL of the Bochat family! She was such a fantastic cook, so much yummy food. Her house was and will always be a happy memory and a place of comfort. I will miss you Aunt Donna.

Posted by Cheryl Ogren - Purcellville, VA - Family   September 23, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Donna passing. My fondest memories are golfing with Donna at Twin Lakes and our recent Facebook notes to each other.

Posted by Nancy Glader - Arlington Heights, IL - Friend   September 22, 2020

Bob and I are so sorry to lose such a wonderful sister in law and friend. Our hearts and love to Ron and family

Posted by Bob and Lois Bochat - Chicago, IL - Family   September 22, 2020

Sending love and prayers to all of you! Donna was wonderful and will be missed dearly!

Posted by Julie Gumm - Macon, GA - Family Friend   September 22, 2020

I will miss Donna so much. She was always kind and loving

Posted by Sharon Florey - Rolling Meadows, IL - Friend   September 22, 2020

Glenn and I are so very sorry for the sudden loss of Donna. Our sympathies go out to her family during this very sad time.

Posted by Elaine and Glenn Edwards - Wood Dale, IL   September 21, 2020


Aunt Donna was a wonderful and beautiful woman who loved her family dearly and enjoyed life to its fullest. As a little girl visiting Aunt Donna's and Uncle Ron's Palatine home, I remember Aunt Donna hosting amazing family holiday parties and cooking delicious meals for everyone to enjoy. Growing up Aunt Donna was very supportive and encouraging. When Jon and I were married in Colorado, she and Uncle Ron, Audra and her husband flew out to celebrate. I am very grateful that Aunt Donna was a part of my life. Rest in Peace....April Zacharias Holdredge

Posted by April Holdredge - Gypsum, CO - Family   September 21, 2020

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