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Donna Fay Oplet

Donna Fay Oplet, American hospice nurse, educator. Registered Nurse, Illinois; certified registered hospice nurse. Named Parish Nurse of Year, St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, Belleville, 1991, State of Illinois Hospice Nurse of Year, 1992; recipient John B. "Jack" Lee award for outstanding service to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 1991.


Oplet, Donna Fay was born on July 22, 1938 in Belleville, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Fred Joseph and Fay Virginia (Durfee) Kiefer.


Diploma, St. Louis City Hospital, School Nursing, 1958. Bachelor of Science, College St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois, 1975.


Staff nurse, house supervisor St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Illinois, 1958-1970. Nurse refresher course instructor Southern Illinois University and Belleville (Illinois) Area College, Edwardsville, 1970-1973. Emergency room instructor City Hospital School Nursing, St. Louis, 1973-1975.

Assistant Director of Nursing St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, 1975-1982. House supervisor Belleville (Illinois) Memorial Hospital, 1983-1991. Director of Nursing, director education Hospice of Southern Illinois, Belleville, from 1991.


Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome education for community Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc., Belleville, 1988-1992. Committee member, host German families Paderborn Germany-Belleville Sister City, 1990-1992. Parish nurse St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, Belleville, 1991.

Eucharistic minister Roman Catholic Church, since 1957. Member Illinois Cancer Pain Institute, American Red Cross. Member Illinois State Hospice Association, Hospice Nurses Association, St. Louis City Hospital Alumnae Association (president 1976-1978).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: walking, reading, baby sitting grandchildren.


Married David William Oplet, October 13, 1962. Children: Cheryl Lynn Wayt, Kimberly Ann Moore.