Donna Jule (Burton) Bosko

December 21, 1940 ‒ April 15, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio


MANSFIELD: Her hands now at rest, Donna Jule (Burton) Bosko-lifelong musician and well respected piano instructor passed away Saturday April 15, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.  She was 76.

The daughter of Frank and Thelma (Hockenberry) Burton, Donna was born December 21, 1940 in Mansfield.  She graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1958.

At age five Donna began her first piano lessons.  For the following 70 years she would play and instruct students in piano.  Having a strong musical background and following high school, Donna graduated from Stephens College earning an Associate’s Degree in Music Education.  She later studied music at the Ohio State University.  Donna studied under Elizabeth Pastor at Ashland College as well as the Margaret B. Hall Piano Studio where she began teaching students as well.  Over the following 40 years, Donna would offer private piano lessons to hundreds of students ranging from children to adults.

She was a member of the American Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Ohio Music Teachers Association, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

Donna also enjoyed gardening and tending to both her vegetables and flowers.

She is survived by her children Kimberley (Kevin) Allgood of Oak Park, Illinois and Eric (Renee) Bosko of Florida; grandchildren Nathaniel and Violet Allgood, Carmen, Brandon, and Sydney Bosko; great grandchildren Ayden and Aubrey; sister Darlene (Burton) Meehan of Mansfield; nephew Frank (Susan) Basting of Columbus; great niece Judy Basting.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law Ed Meehan.

Donna’s family will receive friends Friday, April 21, 2017 from 10am-12pm in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 12 noon.  Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

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  • Kim, Kevin and family…our thoughts are with you and your relations at this sad time…hold your cherished memories close to your heart.

  • Kim and Kevin, we are very sorry for your loss..super sad to hear this news…we wish you the best during this very difficult time…our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Kim, I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom. It sounds like she was an amazing woman. May she Rest In Peace. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Eric, Renee, Carmen, Brandon, and Sydney we are so very sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort during this most difficult time. God Bless.

  • We are very saddened by this news. We had many happy afternoons with Mrs. Bosko. An inspired and inspiring teacher and mentor. Godspeed.

  • Mrs. Bosko was the best piano teacher I ever had. She taught me so much, and was just the MOST wonderful woman. I looked forward to every afternoon with her. She never failed to give the most beautiful smiling as a greeting. I am so sorry for you loss. She will be missed, and remembered forever. God Bless you all.

  • Tribute to this wonderful woman. We all have influential people in our lives, and I always considered Donna to be one of the most influential people I have ever known personally. Not only to me, but to my entire family. It was those 10 years of private piano lessons in the comfort of her own home during my childhood that I became a better person and set myself up for success in adulthood. I am so glad I got to see her one last time in 2013 shortly before moving from Ohio.

    Thank you Donna.

  • So sorry for your loss! Donna will be missed no doubt. I hope Revelation 21:4 can bring you some comfort where it says, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”