Donna Ruth Bongaarts, age 76, of Delano, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.
She was born April 3, 1935, to Oscar and Melvina (Bloomquist) Erickson of Kandiyohi, the youngest of seven children.
Donna was preceded in death by her mother and father; sisters Olive Flygare, Del Meyer, Rozann Tanner, and Charlotte Brisse; and brother Virgil Erickson.
She is survived by her sister, Veryl Valentine; her loving husband of 47 years, John; children Becky (Dan) Saad, Phillip (Kristi) Bongaarts, Karen (Shannon) Dullum, and Sheri Bongaarts; and 11 grandchildren: Isaac, Alexander, Matthias, Maria, and Jonah Saad; Jordan, Parker, and Logan Bongaarts; and Taylor, Bryce, and Brody Dullum.
Donna loved spending time with her grandchildren, bowling, playing cards, working in her flower garden, creating countless homemade birthday and greeting cards, participating in Cursillo, adoration, Bible studies and church activities; and being the adopted mother to many daycare children.
She will be remembered fondly for her laughter, encouraging words, and a ready hug.
A private family committal service will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Delano, at a later date.