Updated: Jul 25, 2022
FAIRFIELD, OH (July 21, 2022)—This morning, Joe welcomed his favorite teammate home for good.
With deep sadness, the Nuxhall family and The Nuxhall Foundation are grieved to announce that Donzetta Nuxhall—wife of the late Joe Nuxhall and mother to Phil and Kim Nuxhall—died on the morning of July 21, 2022. Donzetta Nuxhall was 93 years old.
A true matriarch of the Nuxhall family, Donzetta was the glue that made the astounding career of her husband possible. Joe and Donzetta were married in October of 1947, and from that moment on, Donzetta was there to ensure that all was well and taken care of at the Nuxhall family home. While Joe was away playing and broadcasting, Donzetta took responsibility for raising the family and providing a warm and encouraging home life for Joe, Phil, and Kim.
Always her husband’s biggest fan, Donzetta was sure to scrapbook Joe’s entire career, saving newspaper clippings and photos to archive the achievements of her husband’s legendary journey as a Cincinnati Reds player and broadcaster.
When Joe passed in 2007, the couple had been married for 60 years.
Saddened by her husband’s death but determined to help his story live on, Donzetta was one of the chief supporters of the projects that helped to establish The Nuxhall Foundation. At every pivotal juncture in her husband’s legacy, Donzetta was there to honor him with a kind smile. At the opening of The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields in 2012, Donzetta rounded third and cut the ribbon to open the one-of-a-kind facility for athletes with special needs. In a moment for the ages, at the opening of the Skidmore Sales Mini-Golf Club in 2019, Donzetta (who was not a golfer) sunk the ceremonial first putt on hole 18 to open the new addition to the facility in style. At every event hosted by The Nuxhall Foundation, Donzetta was there with her warm smile, a tender hug, and encouraging words. Donzetta inspired many with her quiet generosity, and her legacy of selflessness will always be remembered.
Joe Nuxhall once said of his wife, “For what she’s been through, I don’t know how to explain it. She’s been an absolute saint, an angel.”
Although all of us are saddened by her death, we are encouraged knowing that Joe was able to finally welcome his angel home once and for all.
Donzetta Nuxhall had requested a private burial, which will take place with her family in the coming weeks. Plans to honor and celebrate the life of Donzetta Nuxhall are still developing and will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Donzetta and the Nuxhall family requested that those who wish to express sympathy and condolences consider a donation to The Nuxhall Foundation and The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. Donations can be made online at www.nuxhallmiracleleague.org/donate or via post to:
The Nuxhall Foundation
P.O. Box 18146
Fairfield, OH 45018
The Nuxhall Foundation is the legacy foundation for former Major League Baseball pitcher and longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, Joe Nuxhall. A central project of The Nuxhall Foundation is The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields—an entirely accessible baseball and recreational facility where every player with every challenge gets every chance to play. More than 200 players between ages 4 to 78 participate in programs at the Miracle League Fields.
For more information, visit http://www.nuxhallmiracleleague.org.
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