Donna J. (Ball) Bremigan

May 09, 1933 ‒ December 03, 2019

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Donna J. (Ball) Bremigan, age 86, of Mount Gilead, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, December 3, 2019, at Morrow Manor Nursing Home.

She was born on May 9, 1933, in Mount Lebanon, PA, to the late James and Sarah (Barret) Ball. Donna received her English degree from Ohio University and more importantly met the love of her life on campus. On June 18, 1955, Donna married Paul T. “Coach Bear” Bremigan Sr. right on the OU Campus.

For 42 years, Donna taught English in four school districts. She started her career in Olentangy Schools then moved to Delaware, Mount Gilead, and finished in Marion. Even after retiring from full time teaching, Donna enjoyed coming in to substitute teach for Mount Gilead and Highland. Her legacy could easily be defined as an educator with the lessons she passed on to numerous students during her 42 years of service.

A devoted wife, Donna was a major supporter of her husband throughout his 36 years of coaching football, basketball, and track.

Having a heart for animals, Donna was a past board member of the Morrow County Humane Society. She often volunteered and was a major advocate for adoption.  Donna loved her dogs and even more so time spent with her grandsons. She will be dearly missed.

Donna is survived by her son, Paul T. (Joyce) Bremigan Jr. of Russia, OH; grandsons: Ryan and Corey Bremigan; nieces: Kim, Brenda, Karen, Susan, and Kathy; nephews: John, Richard Jr., and Bobby.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; parents: James and Sarah; brother, Richard Ball; and nephew, John Vance.

Her family will greet friends from 5 to 8 PM on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338) A service to celebrate her life will be held there on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11 AM with Rev. Dr. Dennis Schultz. Family will receive friends again one hour prior. Burial will follow at Rivercliff Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Paul and Donna Bremigan Memorial Scholarship Fund and/or Morrow County Humane Society.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Donna’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Paul, Joyce and family.

    We were so sad to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know that we are keeping you in our prayers during this difficult time.

  • We were so sorry to hear of Donna’s death. She was such a wonderful lady. Years ago, (1966 perhaps?) Paul was my biology teacher, and he heard some boys remarking about a girl’s looks—and he spent about 10 minutes of class time explaining that you need to get to know someone and love them for the special person they are—-that told me all I needed to know about his love for his wife. They were a delightful pair, and it was a blessing to know them both. May God bless and comfort all of Donna’s family at this sad time.

  • I met Donna many years ago while we were both volunteers for the Humane Society. She loved animals, loved teaching and loved antiques. Most of all, she loved her family. Even in her final days, just the mention of her 2 grandsons brought a huge smile to Donna’s face. Ryan and Corey were lights in her life.

    Even in Donna’s later years, she volunteered with the Humane Society at every chance. She was great at educating the children about proper animal care and being a responsible pet owner. Donna enjoyed seeing and visiting with everyone that came to events and she prided herself with having plenty of educational materials available.

    My sincerest condolences to Donna’s friends, family and acquaintances. Special mention to my sister Judi for the years of friendship and companionship she had with Donna and to Paul for making sure his mom was cared for these last few months during her illness.

  • So sorry for your loss. There are educators that choose to teach, and there are educators that have the passion to teach. Mrs. Bremigan had the passion and will be forever missed.

  • Sending our prayers and condolences to Mrs. Bremigan’s family. Our boys had her as a teacher at Caledonia and she was one of my favorites; a wonderful lady. 🙏🏻

  • To Ms Donna‘a family

    I knew for a few year when we adopted are poodle she told to be gentle with him because he was a loving and gentle animal to us that was very nice and beautiful of her to say. We still have him to this day it’s 5 years later
    I took care of her briefly before she went in the hospital and nursing home. But a very gentle kind and loving person heaven Gained an angel fly high to be with ur husband u are complete now. To the family my deepest condolences prayers are with all of u god bless

    Rick and Jimi Clark

  • The Tschudi family loved the Bremigan family. My dad spoke highly of both of them. I have such fond childhood memories of both Mr. & Mrs. I heard “Miss Tschudi!” in that low voice & peering over top of glasses more often than I would like to admit from both of them. It was often then followed by a gentle smile. They truly loved their students and I carry that with me.
    Rest in peace Mrs. B and comfort to you in this next chapter of your life journey Paul.

  • Rich and Robin Ball are holding you and your family up in prayer. We thoroughly enjoyed Donna’s visit when she was here in our home as she shared family history and funny stories with us. Our connection with her continued through her lifetime. Her gentle spirit will be with us forever.

  • Peace and comfort, life goes on. I didn’t have Donna for a teacher…but her husband was fair enough when I quit football, having momentarily lost consciousness when in varsity-reserve scrimmage Denny sat me on my butt. Behind every successful man is a good woman. Donna married well, surely.

  • As my 5th grade teacher at Caledonia elementary (River Valley) I was positively certain this woman hated me and loved spending time with me most recesses. We butted heads, and she had this way of saying uh huh that made your skin crawl (you knew you were in trouble). I saw Mrs Bremigan years later (the day I graduated from highland 06) and our conversation started with Miss. Finin. Not seeing who it came from but knowing exactly who it was I turned around to see her smiling sweetly and all she said was I knew you could do it. In that moment i knew exactly how great of a woman she was and how much she truly cared about her students. Throughout my school life and into adulthood I find my self regularly remembering her and her class and the many lessons she gave us beyond academic. Mrs Bremigan will be truly missed. God bless her family and friends.

  • I had Mrs. Bremigan for 8th grade English at Mt.Gilead jr high. Mrs. B was one of my favorite teachers . As was Mr.B . I had him for American history. I loved his class. Probably the only class I got STRAIGHT A’s in . He made the class interesting. These 2 teachers had total control of the classroom no matter where they taught and they will always have my respect. God Bless your family ! Peace and Comfort at this sad 😢time!

  • Mrs. Bremigan was my long term sub when I had my daughter. She had a twinkle in her eye that reminded me so much of my late Grandma. I send my condolences to the family and my respects for the life of a great lady!!

  • My condolences to Donna’s family. I just learned today of her passing. How I met both Donna and Paul is an unusual story. And I and very glad that we all three were good friends. It is difficult to speak of only Donna as her and Paul were so bonded. Both of them were so kind to people and animals, and had hearts of gold. I will always remember their kindness, their ability to share joy and laugh and most of all, their compassion. I am grateful to have known them both and to have had their friendship. I know Paul greeted her, along with all the dogs they saved that had passed and are united once again in Heaven.