Donna Jean Monska

August 18, 1950 ‒ March 28, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Donna Jean Monska, 68, of Delaware passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, March 28, 2019 at the Crown Pointe Care Center in Columbus.

She was born August 18, 1950 in Delaware to the late Herschel and Fern (Jefferies) Monska and graduated from Olentangy High School.

Having a passion for animals, Donna Jean was a zookeeper with the Columbus Zoo, retiring after 18 years. She worked closely with Jack Hanna, a close family friend, caring for some of his animals and traveling with him to Africa on a photo safari. Donna Jean also was a very active volunteer with the Humane Society of Delaware County.

Those left to cherish her memory are her brothers, David (Paula) Monska of Delaware and Kenny Monska of Ostrander; sister, Linda Sopp of Columbus; 4 nieces also survive.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside service held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:00 am at Oak Grove Cemetery with Pastor Paul McCullough officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Donna Jean’s memory may be made to the Columbus Zoo, 4850 Powell Road, Powell, OH 43065.

The Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Monska family.

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  • David, Paula, and Kenny.
    So sorry for your lost ! I know you saw to her care these last year’s . We have been friends for years and I’ve been saddened that I could not get together with her .these last few years . Deepest sympathy .

  • Sorry for your loss David, Kenny and Linda. Although I did not know her I did know her brother Kenny as he is a neighbor of mine. Deepest sympathy to you and your families.

  • Dear David, Kenny and Linda,

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Donna. I worked with Donna in the Zoo’s education department for many years…Donna and I had a close relationship and we had many heart to heart talks and lots of laughs too over the years. She was a sweet, caring person who worked hard on behalf of the animals under her care.

    With sympathy,

    Rebecca Rose (retired)
    Columbus Zoo education and conservation departments

  • Dear David and Paula, Dick and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. We know how much you took care of her and her needs and tried to help her in many ways. We are praying for her and and your whole family. Love, Dick and Sharon

  • David, Paula & family we are so sorry for your loss. I remember over the years working with Paula she would share stories of Donna working at the Zoo & her love for animals. Keeping you in our prayers.
    ,Benny & Ellen

  • I worked in the animal promotion dept with Suzi Rapp and we would go into Donna’s room, where all of the small animals where kept, to pack them up to go on a program I remember getting scolded by Donna because I had not been careful enough with the cockroaches and I was breaking off the whiskers! She really cared for all animals big or small. She cared for people too. I will never forget that she came to my husband visiting hours even though she was going to have surgery the next day. John and I had a lot of fond memories working with Donna. My sympathies go out to her family and friends.
    Jo Christopher

  • Donna was a special person who loved and protected our animals with a passion. I was lucky to know her.