Donna Marie Proehl, age 88, of Dassel, passed peacefully Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, with family at her bedside, at Lakeview Ranch in Dassel, a beautiful home for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
She was born April 1, 1929, in Hennepin County, the only child born to Arthur and Susan Proehl.
Donna grew up on the family farm on Bass Lake, and attended a one-room school-house in grades 1 through 8. Her favorite subject was math. Doing mental math calculations was her strength, and she was very talented with numbers and dates.
She attended Robbinsdale High School, and graduated in 1947.
Donna enjoyed helping on the family farm. She shucked corn, loaded hay, milked cows, fed the pigs, and worked in the garden. She especially loved sledding on the hills in the wintertime, and fishing for sunfish with her dad from the shores of Bass Lake in the summer months.
Donna began working for the Dayton Company in downtown Minneapolis after she graduated from high school, and was honored for 45 years of employment with Dayton’s.
She cared for her parents in their North Minneapolis home until their death.
Donna enjoyed sewing, gardening, and growing her own vegetables. She loved playing cards, especially “500.”
She felt the most influential person in her life was her grandmother, Anna Theis. Two lessons she wanted to pass on to others was to be kind to everyone, and to be honest always.
During her lifetime, Donna was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Plymouth, Ascension in Minneapolis, St. Raphael’s in Crystal, and St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael.
She is survived by family caregivers, Robert and Jeanne Van Drasek of Albertville, and Jim and Barb Van Drasek of Stillwater; and many relatives and friends.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, and a rosary recited at 9:30 a.m., at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael. Interment was at Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope.
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home served the family; www.thepetersonchapel.com.
Memorials are preferred to Lakeview Ranch, 69531 213th St. Darwin, MN 55324.