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Donna Jean

Gorski, Donna Jean (nee Thompson),
Journalist, wife, mother, grandmother, author and composer, born December 29, 1932, Wauwatosa, WI, died January 11, 2017, Wauwatosa, WI from advanced pancreatic cancer. She composed the music and lyrics of the lullaby “Dreamland Train”, and wrote the children’s book, “The Adventures Of Buzzy Bee”, as well as short stories “The Door To Summer” and “Mortimer’s Mistake”, among numerous other fiction and non-fiction works.
She is survived by five sons and eight grandchildren: David John Gorski (Mary Campbell); Timothy Noel Gorski, MD (Deborah Boak) and their five children, Genevieve Hypatia Boak, Imogene Lucretia Boak, Esq., Franklin Timothy Gorski, Adelaide Deborah Boak, and Frederick Timothy Gorski; Cptn. Richard Wayne Gorski; Keith Alan (Gorski), Esq. (Tami Kim) and their three children Naomi Eunhasoo Alan, Marina Mujigae Alan and Kendrick Roger Alan; and Jerold Matthew Gorski, Esq. (Pamela Wang). She is preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Roger John Gorski (born January 14, 1927, deceased June 16, 1988), her father Eustace Thompson, mother Adelia Thompson (Schuelke), and brother William Thompson.
In 1951 she graduated from Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, WI, and from 1950 to 1952 she attended University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she majored in journalism and was a member of Delta Phi Delta sorority. Her application for membership in Daughters Of The American Revolution was pending as of the date of her death. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Donna’s memory to the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and/or the Hemlock Society.

Past Comments


Mom used to read to us before bed. Classics like Charlotte’s Web, books by Dr. Seuss, etc. She was a medical transcriptionist for a time and I was always impressed with her attention to detail; her work stories focused on how it was important to get the chart or report correct because there was a difference between two similar sounding medical terms. It’s not the famous people of the world that make the real differences – it’s those who consistently do so many things that have positive ramifications so far beyond what might be mistaken for small things.

Joe Schaub

We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered.
We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

Joe and Diane Schaub

Daniel Schwarzenalgas

She was the grandmother I never had growing up. She treated everyone so nice and welcome. Even toward a couple of city boys, she loved us like we were her flesh and blood. This is so sad not only because she’s departed this world, but the hearts of those still here broken. I will miss her and her memories will live on in my heart. God has gained a wonderful human being.
Love you Grandma Gorski!!


Her husband & her boys meant EVERYTHING to her, right up until the end. She always put them first! Fantastic “old school” mom! She will be sorely missed forever! :weary::broken_heart:

Timothy Gorski

Best mom in the world!

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