Donna Mathe

Donna Mathe, 82, of Staples, died September 3, 2021, at Lakewood Health System in Staples. 

Funeral services will be held Sat., Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Staples Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. 

Burial will be at the Oak Valley Cemetery, Wrightstown.

Donna Faye was born December 22, 1938 to Jesse and Elizabeth (McGowan) Anderson, in Verndale, where she loved growing up in a large family and spending time with her siblings, nieces and nephews.

Donna and Robert joined their families in marriage on July 17, 1964 in St. Paul. In 1981, they moved their family to Staples where Donna worked at the VFW and did various cleaning jobs.

Donna enjoyed playing cards, dice, hunting, fishing, dancing and spending time with her family and friends. She was known for her famous caramel popcorn.

Donna was a special woman who seemed to be everyone’s Aunt. She loved unconditionally, was free-spirited and always knew what to say to make you feel better.

Donna is survived by four children, Ronald (Julie), Cheryl (Jay), Robert (Mary) and Russ (Lorna); 12 grandchildren, Maggie (Darrell), Bobbyjo (Nate), Adam (Tami), Andy (Robyn), Alan (Ashley), Aaron (Monica), Collette, Jeremiah (Sarah), Claudette, Justin Ash, Les Ash, Kassie Ash, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; two sons, Billy and Chad; one great-grandchild and all 15 of her siblings.

Her family would like to thank the Lakewood Health System’s staff for all of the kindness and care shown to her in the last moments of her life and a special thank you to the Brenny Family Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by the  Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Staples.

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