Donna Wollack. Submitted photo
Donna Wollack. Submitted photo

Donna Katherine Wollack, age 76, returned to her heavenly home on March 22, 2017 after a courageous journey with ovarian cancer. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

A quiet but spirit filled woman, Donna was born during a heat wave on September 1, 1940 at home on the farm in Verndale, Minnesota, to parents Dorothy and William Hanneman. She graduated from St. Cloud School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse May 9, 1960. Donna married Edward F. Wollack August 11, 1962 in St. Joseph Catholic Church; Bertha, Minnesota.  Together they raised 4 loving children:  Mary, Edward, Jean and Deanna.

Donna will remain forever in the hearts of her loving husband, Edward, of 54 years; her children Mary (Roger) Thesing, Edward (Allison), Jean (Gordie) Mengelt, Deanna (Bill) Semyon; Grandchildren: Elizabeth, Laura (Cameron), Alex, Andrew, and Ethan; Sisters : Elizabeth Wenzel and Karen Bub; brothers-in-laws and sister-in-laws Mary Lindmeier, Richard & Lorraine Ring, Joseph Wollack and Jill Needham, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Janice Griffin and Michael Hanneman, sister-in-law Susan Wollack and brother-in-law Richard “Rick” Lindmeier.

Donna was a quiet, generous, caring servant of the Lord who enjoyed her work as a nurse and later as a realtor but most of all she enjoyed raising her family on the farm and teaching her children the love of the land, gardening and helping others in need. She has been an active parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glenwood City Wisconsin. Donna was an avid reader and writer.  She also enjoyed puzzles, flowers, gardening and all animals especially birds.  Donna’s care of God’s little creatures was amazing as there was not a place one could sit in her farm home without viewing a bird feeder!

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Donna’s life will be held at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 28 at 11:00AM with a reception to follow at the parish hall. Fr. John Long and Deacon Wes Tuttle will officiate. Interment will be in the Church of the Holy Trinity Cemetery at12:00PM Wednesday, March 29th in Royalton Minnesota. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5 to 7PM at The O’Connell Family Funeral Home; 1010 Newton Street, Baldwin, Wisconsin. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the mass at church Tuesday morning. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Donna’s life. The family would like to thank all who lovingly cared for our mom, wife, grandma, and sister.

The family gratefully declines flowers, but prayers, condolences and memorials are gladly accepted to Regional Hospice Services in Grantsburg and National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (www.ovarian.org).