Donna Mae Kirchenwitz, age 57, of rural Montrose, passed away suddenly Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
She was born Feb. 11, 1952, in Montevideo, the daughter of Donald and Meta Hamer Kahnk.
Donna graduated from Delano High School in 1970.
She was joined in holy marriage to Kenneth Kirchenwitz Nov. 23, 1974, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown by the Rev. Donald Taylor.
Donna and Ken engaged in dairy and crop farming for 36 years in Woodland Township, Wright County.
Donna was formerly employed as a bookkeeper at Prudential and at General Mills. She was also a former cook at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Watertown.
A faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown, Donna was a past secretary of its AAL Chapter.
She enjoyed being at her family’s cabin near Dent, fishing, and reading in the boat. Donna also was fond of sitting on her farm home’s deck, and spending time with her granddaughters.
She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth Kirchenwitz; children Angela (Jeff) Templin of Glencoe, Kathy Kirchenwitz and special friend Joel Hagemeyer of Willmar, and Daniel Kirchenwitz of Montrose; three grandchildren, Breana and Gracey, and Aubriauna; her mother, Meta Kahnk of Delano; brothers Mel Kahnk and special friend Char Paulson of St. Louis Park, and Dave Kahnk of Delano; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Shirley Moran of Hutchinson, Rita (Tom) Radde of Mayer, and Linda (David) Lenz of Montrose; and other relatives and friends.
Donna was preceded in death by a son, Robert; her father, Donald Kahnk; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Art and Ethel Kirchenwitz; and brothers-in-law Loren Kirchenwitz and Jack Moran.
The funeral service was Friday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Revs. Paul Krentz and Donald Taylor officiating. Rita Mueller was the organist. Interment was at Watertown Public Cemetery.
Visitation took place Thursday, Feb. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown., and contined Friday morning, Feb. 27 one hour prior to services at the church.
Honorary casket bearers were Patty Yantes, Deborah Mannion, Meagan Lenz, John Moran, and Gene Janikula.
Casket bearers were Bryan Lenz, Jeff Yantes, Joe Janikula, Pat Moran, Sean Moran, and DuWayne Domjahn.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.