Donnell DeBoer

Obituary of Donnell Jo DeBoer

Donnell Jo (O’Dell) DeBoer, 57, passed away on May 17, 2021, exactly 35 years after she married her loving husband, John DeBoer, on May 17, 1986. Born in Pottstown, PA, on October 28, 1963, Donnell was the daughter of the late Donald and Janice (Griffith) O’Dell.

Donnell enjoyed kayaking, riding her bike, and traveling to Cape May, NJ. Although these activities brought Donnell joy, her most special memories came from spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who will miss her deeply.  

She is lovingly remembered by her husband, John DeBoer; her daughter, Meghan (& Tiyale Sr.) Whitehurst; her son, John DeBoer; her grandchildren, Olivia DeBoer, Jazelle Whitehurst, Tiyale Whitehurst Jr., Noah Whitehurst, Elizabeth Whitehurst, Jackson Whitehurst, and Brayden DeBoer; her siblings, Bonnie (& Jim) Goodhart, Terry (& Tim) Zeneg, Ray (& Debbie) Gasper, Susie (& Faustino) Lugones, and Shawn O’Dell; her aunt, Sharon (& Bennie) Brown; her nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and her loyal companion, Bailey.

A viewing will take place on Friday, May 21, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 60 N. Hanover St., Pottstown, PA 19464. A Life Celebration will follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place after the service at Highland Memorial Park, 701 Farmington Ave., Pottstown, PA 19464.

If you will be attending the viewing and/or service, we ask that you please come prepared with

your name, address, and phone number written on a note card, for COVID-19 contact tracing

protocol. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be in place for the viewing and service.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while you may be waiting in line.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donnell’s memory to: Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 60 N. Hanover St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

Houck & Gofus Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 955 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, PA 19464, will be handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at