Dona Sue Thibault, 62, of Lansing, died Monday, April 16, 2012, at the University of Kansas Hospital. She was born Sept. 9, 1949, in Washington, Mo., the daughter of Thomas H. and Helen (Hornbuckle) Viessman.
She attended St. Francis Borgia School until the family moved to Leavenworth in 1957 where she attended St. Joseph Catholic School and graduated from Immaculata High School.
Dona married Larry Thibault on July 1, 1972, sharing almost 40 years together, he survives at the home. She is also survived by their two children, Michael Thibault and wife Sheila of Lansing and Tina Wohead and her husband Bo of Oxnard, Calif. Other survivors include her grandchildren, Josh Dickinson and Jared Thibault of Lansing and Harper Wohead of Oxnard, Calif.; her two sisters, Darlene Kenny and husband Michael, and Sharon Scanlon and her husband Shawn, all from Leavenworth; her nephews, Bill Stout Jr., John Kenny, and Matt and Mark Scanlon. She also leaves behind her faithful and beloved dog, Dirk.
Dona worked for the Department of the Army at Fort Leavenworth, where she retired with over 30 years of service. Dona loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. She loved watching her children, nephews and grandchildren play sports, exercising at Curves with her friends, dancing, especially line dancing, going on cruises with family and friends, and she especially loved horse back riding.
Dona was a member of Saint Joseph Church, a member of the Lady Knights and an active member of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.
She will be sadly missed by family, numerous friends and neighbors.
Visitation beginning with a vigil service will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Saint Joseph Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Cremation will follow the service. The family is requesting no flowers but are asking for you to donate to one of the two scholarship funds. The Leavenworth Catholic Schools 320 N. Broadway Leavenworth, KS 66048. A scholarship will be formed to assist a student in need. Dona also had a passion for horses thus a scholarship has also been created in her name at Helping Hands Therapeutic Riding Center where a disabled child will be able to continue riding in her name through your donation. Please make a check online at http://www.hhtrc.org/ or send a check to Helping Hands: 32808 E Stringtown Road Greenwood, MO 64034. Please include the donors’ name on check when making donation. Both memorial options are tax deductible and they will provide you with a receipt once your donation has been made.