SUN PRAIRIE-Donna Jean Appleton, age 52, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. She was born Jan 1, 1960, in Madison, the daughter of Marion and Eudelma (Bomkamp) Richgels. Donna graduated from West High School and received her degree in elementary education from UW-Madison. She married Phillip Appleton on June 14, 1998, in Madison. Donna worked for Dane County Human Services. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for more than 23 years.
Donna is survived by her husband, Phil; daughters, Andrea and Elizabeth; mother, Eudelma Richgels; brothers, Glen (Sharon) Richgels and Dale (Jan) Richgels; sister, Mary (Mat) Sagartz; father and mother-in-law, Fred and Carol Appleton; brothers-in-law, Jerry (Alyssa) Appleton and Neal Appleton; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father; and aunt, Elaine Richgels.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2450 Atwood Avenue, Madison, at Noon on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, with Monsignor Michael Hippee presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass on Friday. Memorials may be made to Lupus Foundation of America-Wisconsin Chapter at www.lupuswi.org .
Donna was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.