Donna Mae Carlson (nee Danielson), 84, of Stewartville, passed away Monday, July 24, 2018, at the Mayo Clinic, St. Mary’s campus.
A graveside memorial service will take place Monday, Aug. 6 at 1:15 p.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
Arrangements are entrusted to Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN. To share a special memory or condolence, visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
Donna was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Dassel, to Charles and Cecelia (Semrue) Danielson.
She attended Lamson grade school, and was a 1951 graduate of Dassel High School. Donna went on to attend Willmar Practical Nursing School, and graduated in 1952.
Donna worked for various hospitals, nursing homes in Minneapolis, and the Veterans Home in Minneapolis. She retired in 2003, after being a LPN for 50 years.
Donna married Charles F. Carlson Oct. 3, 1981, and they lived in Minneapolis until his death in 2002. Donna then moved to Stewartville, in April of 2003.
Donna was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, past president of the James Ballentine post; a member of the Stewartville American Legion, and active with Union AFLCIO Local 744.
She loved to play bingo, collected ceramic chickens, enjoyed going to casinos, and was a huge Minnesota Vikings fan.
Donna was a caring, loving, and sweet lady, with a feisty side that didn’t take grief from others. She will be truly missed.
She is survived by her special friend of 40 years, James Hundertmark and his son, Ryan of Stewartville; Jim’s daughter, Becky (Eric) Fox and their three daughters; nieces Sherry and Annette Reps; nephew Troy Reps; close cousins Rosey and Roger Herdina, Pat Eiler, and Robert and Roger Lang; Jim’s three sisters; and Mike and Sue Macho and their three children.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Carlson; parents Charles and Cecilia Danielson; brother Kenneth; and sister-in-law, La Verne.