Donna Lee Held

October 19, 1935 ‒ December 17, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Donna Lee Held, 84, of Delaware passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, December 17, 2019 at the Cherith Care Center at Willow Brook Christian Village.

She was born October 19, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois to the late John Schmidt and Marie (Kenetski) Schmidt Roberg. A graduate of Bensenville High School, Donna also received her bachelor’s degree in Speech from Illinois State University.

Donna was a devoted and faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church and she also taught English, Science and Math at St. Mary School for over 30 years.

Her time at Willow Brook at Delaware Run brought her great joy and a new zest for life as she was able to enjoy dining and laughing with new friends. She also enjoyed being a member of the Writing group and going to concerts. An avid reader, Donna also enjoyed listening to music and spending time with her numerous feline and canine companions.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Jennifer Held of Delaware, Kathryn Held of Delaware and Matthew Held of Westerville; honorary children, Jennifer Pratt and Aaron Mezger, both of Delaware; dear friends, Joan Wolf and Eleanor Byerly.

In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her husband William, her brother Kurt Roberg and step-father Clarence Roberg.

A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, December 26, 2019 from 5 – 7 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, Delaware, with Fr. Sylvester Onyeachonam officiating. Inurnment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. The St. Mary Bereavement Committee will then host a reception in the Snyder-Rodman Community Room.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Donna’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of Delaware County, 4920 OH-37, Delaware, OH 43015.

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

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  • Pleas accept our sincere sympatathies and condolances on the loss of Donna.
    She has made a lasting contribution to the so many students in our community .
    May she rest in peace.
    Prayers to the family…..Bob &. Holly Gerspacher

  • My deepest condolences to hear of her passing. I was fortunate enough to be one of her students and the last class she ever taught before her retirement. A wonderful lady and teacher. My heart goes out to her family at this difficult time.

  • What a wonderful teacher Donna was to our two daughters!! I enjoyed getting to know her through other various activities at St. Mary’s as well. She touched the lives of many – what a wonderful legacy she has left for our community. We are sorry for your loss and will keep all of you in our prayers.

    Valerie and Cam Wolff

  • So sorry to hear about Mrs.Held.
    She was my sixth grade teacher and she made an everlasting impression on me.

  • Dearest Katheryn and family. Pleas know you are not alone in your grief. May God send His angels to comfort you and bring you peace.

  • Matt,
    Heartfelt condolences for your loss, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Matthew and family so saddened to hear about the loss of your Mom . She was truely a wealth of knowledge and will surely be missed by the community and St Marys in which she had left an astonishing legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Joe Held,Delaware

  • My sincere condolences. Donna was a wonderful person with a beautiful soul. I visited her with my therapy dog Rocky at WillowBrook. Rocky was drawn to Donna and she soon became one of his favorites. We will both miss her smiling face and are thankful our paths crossed.

    Robin and Rocky

  • Katie
    I’m sorry for your loss. I’ve known you for close to 35 years. You have always been like family. I wish I had known your Mom because she must have been quite extraordinary. After all you are quite extraordinary. My love to you and your family.

  • I’m so saddened to hear of your Mothers passing. She will forever be “Mrs. Held” to me, and I am grateful and honored to be one of her former students. My daughter had the pleasure of being taught by her as well. Such an amazing career and legacy. She was kind and caring, but could also command attention and respect when necessary! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Curtis Conklin. St. Mary’s class of 1977