Donna Jane Kurilo
January 19, 1948 to January 25, 2020
Donna Jane Kurilo, 72, after a short and painful struggle with cancer, died on Saturday, January 25, 2020 in Gresham, OR. Donna was born in Portland on January 19, 1948. She completed her bachelor's in business administration, 1970, at the University of Portland, Oregon. After 22 years as an entrepreneur and working in sales and marketing, she returned to school and completed a BS in Nursing, 1994, from Barry University, Florida. Her nursing career spanned hospitals in Baltimore, e.g. Johns Hopkins University, and Portland, Oregon Health Sciences University, from where she retired in 2014 as a nurse educator in the Intensive Care Unit. She was an active member of the Mazamas, the Persimmon Country Club, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Donna's energy, enthusiasm and love for life spilled over into everything she did with family and friends. She was an outdoor enthusiast: hiking and climbing, golfing, skiing, sailing, and cycling. Her dream was to travel, and her dream came true. From bicycling around Europe after high school to years of travel with her husband Maurice (Mo), they toured Mexico, Central America, US and Canada in an RV. Traveling with friends and family in Canada, Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia, she created great memories for everyone. She also brought back fossils from Morocco, spices from Zanzibar, and art from Bhutan and Vietnam. She loved estate sales and had a consignment corner in a store in Troutdale to sell her treasures. Donna is survived by her husband Maurice (Mo) Haagenson, her sister, Carol Zuiches, and brother Michael Kurilo. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Fred and Agnes Kurilo Scholarship Fund at the University of Portland.
A Memorial Celebration of her life will be held Saturday February 1, 2020 at the Persimmon Country Club Event Center at 2:00 pm.
Please visit her website at: www.dignitymemorial.com/ obituaries/gresham-or/donna-kurilo-9016636 to sign her guest book and leave condolences and remembrances.