Elizabeth Ann E. “Betty” Donahue, age 77, of Hollywood Township, rural Mayer, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Westview Acres in Waconia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, July 7 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, with interment at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Watertown.
Visitation was Sunday, July 6 at the church from 4 to 8 p.m., with a rosary service at 8 p.m., and will continue Monday, one hour prior to the Mass.
Casket bearers are Betty’s grandsons: Kevin Menzel, Matt Menzel, Tim Menzel, Dave Donahue, Joe Donahue, Jeremy Wegener, Brian Luebke, Zach Luebke, Dan Thaemert, Brandon Kuntz, Andrew Dietel, and Charlie Buettner.
Honorary casket bearers are Betty’s granddaughters: Jamie Runka, Peggy Wegner, Melissa Fitzsimmons, Hiedi Broll, Holli Boll, Hilary Schmidt, Nicole Rogne, Betty Jo Becker, Lindsey Amott, Meagan Donahue, Kelsey Donahue, and Sophie Buettner.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
Betty was born May 12, 1937, the daughter of Andrew and Vernice (Koehnen) Weiland. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius.
Betty was united in marriage to Keith C. Donahue June 19, 1954, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius by Father Wohlfort.
Betty loved spending time with her family and friends. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, feeding birds, shopping, decorating, watching the cooking channel, canning, and baking. She enjoyed going out with the Hollywood lunch bunch on a regular basis, was part of the Hollywood Homemakers group, and a longtime member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown.
Betty served as an election judge, and also would go along with Keith to Alanon meetings. She took great pride in her flowers, watering them on the farm with the golf cart.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Keith; granddaughters Anne and Amy Schmidt; great-grandson Matthew Dietel; son-in-law David Thaemert; parents Andrew and Vernice Weiland Sr.; brother Roger Weiland; father-in-law an mother-in-law Clarence and Edith Donahue; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Judy Weiland, Hans Meyer, Barbara Donahue, Bob Norlander and Steve Swensen.
She is survived by her loving family; children and spouses Pam and Jim Menzel of Young America, Mike and Brenda Donahue, Judy and Mark Warner, all of New Germany, Jean and Mark Luebke of Mayer, Kathy and Randy Schmidt of New Germany, Bonnie Thaemert of Hamburg, Brenda and Brian Kuntz of Delano, John and Michelle Donahue of Mayer, Theresa Buettner of Mound; and Marilyn and Rick Hatcher of Delano; grandchildren Kevin and Heather Menzel, Matt Menzel, Tim and Alicia Menzel, Dave and Katie Donahue, Joe and Danielle Donahue, Jeremy Wegener, Brian Luebke, Zach and Michelle Luebke, Dan Thaemert and fiancée Leah Kruezel, Brandon Kuntz, Andrew Dietel, Charlie Buettner, Jamie and Luke Runka, Peggy and Mike Wegner, Melissa and Craig Fitzsimmons, Hiedi and Greg Broll, Holli and Josh Boll, Hilary Schmidt, Nicole and Reed Rogne, Betty Jo and Reynard Becker, Lindsey and Alex Amott, Meagan Donahue, Kelsey Donahue, Sophie Buettner; and great-grandchildren; James, Dylan, Paige, Sarah, Liz, Jadon, Kaylee, Aliva, Jaren, Hayden, Micah, Noah, Bennet, Blake, Madden, Addison, Connor, Elizabeth and Luke.
Betty is further survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Meyer of Waconia, Linda and Roger Sauerbrey of Young America, Debbie and Dale Muhs of Watertown, and Susan and Larry Goede of Waconia; brothers and sisters-in-law Kenneth Weiland of Waconia, Marilyn Weiland of Waconia, Andrew and Susan Weiland Jr. of Vermont, Gerald and Chris Weiland of Waconia, and Chuck and Joanne Weiland of Mayer; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Tom and Arlene Donahue of Mound, Dottie Norlander of Mound, Janice and Phil Corkery of Minnetonka, Mary Perbix of Mound, and Pat Swensen of Eden Prairie; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.