Noreen J. Donnelly

Noreen J. Donnelly, 87 longtime resident of Coralville died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

A time for family and friends to gather to share, support and remember will be held from 12 noon till 3 pm Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the North Ridge Pavilion in Coralville.  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in her memory.  For an opportunity to share a thought, memory or condolence, please go to the funeral home website @

Noreen Joyce Wagner was born April 6, 1930 near Homestead, Iowa the daughter of Lewis and Esther Wagner.  She married James K. “Big Jim” Donnelly August 2, 1975.  For many years she worked as a waitress at Ming Gardens and the University Athletic Club where she met and worked with her long time friend, of 53 years, Nancy Schlote..  Noreen was known for her gardens and flowers in Coralville, enjoyed her “occasional” trips to the casino, but most of all she loved her family and her dear friends!

Her family includes her five children, Pam Axeen (Allan), Connie Myers, Jim Rogers (Joyce), Michael Rogers, and Robin Donnelly-Barcus (David Barcus); her fury children, Callie and Tabby;  grandchildren, Robert Axeen (Candy), Amy Axeen (Corey Thomlin), Amanda Long (Tony), Michelle (Trapayne) VandenBerg, Joshua VandenBerg (Chelcei), Ted Spivey (Stephanie), Jeromye Rogers (Lauren), Toby Rogers (Litree Walls), Tanya Venteicher (Joel), Courtney Petrick (Brandon Parrott), Austin Rogers, Dwight Rogers, Todd Rogers (Paula) Michael J. Rogers, Tony Day (Heather), Paws, Stormie, Jasper, Lynn, Stormy, Frostie, Baby Paws, Sterling and Pepsi; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Anthony, Chelsey, Brittany, Dylan, Allison, Addison,  Mashaun, Jovon, Trauvon, Ella, Marri, Charlie, Trevor, Jordan, Jacob, Cassidy, Courtney, Hunter, Evelyn, Brooklynn, Avery, Jacob, Alyssa, Leximae, and Braelyn; and one great-great-grandsons, Landon.  Noreen’s sister Jackie Wagner (Bob) and Noreen’s special friend, Clifford Corpman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters, Carol Dahl and Betty Jean Bahndorf.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Noreen’s family and her arrangements.