Madonna “Donna” Medina Karnish was a caring wife, mother, sister, and friend. She left this world suddenly on April 4, 2021 at age 38. Donna was born on February 13, 1983, in Lipa City, Philippines, the daughter of Alexander and Teresita Medina. She was the oldest of 4 siblings. On August 5, 2006, she married Carl J. Karnish III, who survives. She was first in her high school senior class to graduate and as she continued on with her studies at a local community college, she gave birth to her eldest son whom she named, Nicholas Medina. The birth of her first born gave her a new purpose in life as she steered her focus on helping children and families and dreamt of having a career in Child Services. Later, Donna met Carl through mutual friends, got married and together had their son Colin Karnish. Donna then decided to continue with her education and within two years, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Central Methodist University on May 14, 2014. Shortly after, she got her dream job as a Child Welfare Case Manager after graduation.
Donna loved helping others and spent her time distributing food to the less fortunate and donating food, kitchen essentials, clothes, children’s books, hygiene essentials, and she devoted a lot of her time to her clients with the genuine intent of building rapport and trust with them. She aspired to be a humanitarian and gave everything that she could give if it meant that it would give ease and comfort in other people’s life by her helping. Donna never stopped striving for more as she was working towards a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The joy she gained and provided through her selfless personality was an inspiration to all who knew her.
She is survived by her sons and her husband, Nicholas, Colin, and Carl; her surviving parent, Alexander; and her siblings, Sheryl, Theresa, and Samuel. A funeral service is scheduled for 9:30 AM on April 22, 2021 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception located at 121 E. Duval St. Jacksonville, FL. 32202. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery 4535 Main St Jacksonville, Florida 32206 following the Funeral Service at Immaculate Conception.