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Donelda D. (Kunesh) Royal

April 14, 2021 ~ July 4, 2021

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Donelda D. Royal, age 100 of Defiance, passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.   
She was born on April 14, 1921 to Edward and Alfretta (March) Kunesh in Defiance County, Ohio. Donelda was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Defiance, and maintained an active role with the Altar Rosary Society and other parish ministries and events. She worked for over 25 years at General Motors in Defiance until her retirement in 1976. Her memberships also included Defiance Elks Lodge #147, VFW Auxiliary #3360, and UAW #211 Retirees. Donelda loved to travel to visit her extended family. She was very outgoing with a cheerful personality, and always loved to play bingo, go to casinos, and play cards. She will be sadly missed by her family and many good friends.
Donelda is survived by her sons, Robert (Alberta) Royal of Santee, CA, and Leo Royal of Defiance, and her daughters, Roberta (Denny) Fintel of Bowling Green, OH, Rosita (Tim) Kilty of Naperville, IL, and Leann (John) Allen of Savanna, GA. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, her sister, Arlene Iler of Defiance, and daughter-in-law, Mary Royal of New Haven, IN. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Roger Royal, sisters; Inez Giesige, Martha Wagner, Madonna Limpach and Rita Batoha, her brother, Virgil Kunesh, and one great-grandchild. 
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Schaffer Funeral Home South, Lawson/Roessner Chapel (1753 S. Clinton St.) Due to CDC guidelines, if you are not fully vaccinated, a mask is required to enter the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, July 12, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Fr. Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church, or Bridge Hospice. Online condolences can be given at

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July 11, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home South, Lawson-Roessner Chapel
1753 S. Clinton St.
Defiance, OH 43512

Mass of Christian Burial
July 12, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church
715 Jefferson Ave.
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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