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“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” ~Matthew 5:4


“Next to love, sympathy is the divinest passion of the human heart” ~Edmund Burke

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"The creatures that inhabit this earth - be they human beings or animals - are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world." ~The Dahli Lama

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“Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.” ~Victor Hugo

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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

Born to the late Louis and Leona Oertel in Wausau, WI on June 21, 1940.

Survivors include her husband Lawrence (Larry); son Jeff; daughter Lisa Goldade; grandson, Kyle Goldade; three siblings, Jeanine (Ray) Kaczmarzyk, Louis (Sharon), and Jerry (Elaine).

Preceded in death by brothers Clifford and Charles.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday October 14, 2017 at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel.

The family would like to thank Dr. Young, Dr. Moid, and their staff, the staff at Copperleaf Assisted Living, Alice and Brittney of Ministry Healthcare, and all those who visited or cared for Donna.

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  1. Mr &. Mrs Edwards

    10/06/2017 at 5:58 pm

    Caring thoughts are with you at this difficult time of grievance. May our comforting God be by your side during each and every day. I would like to offer my sincere condolences…
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  2. Patricia Staeck Koeller

    10/06/2017 at 5:58 pm

    Sending my sympathy to Donna’s family. Donna was my cousin, but I haven’t seen
    her in many years. I do remember that she had a good sense of humor and was
    always so nice to me. You have my deepest sympathy.

  3. Pat Kell

    10/06/2017 at 5:58 pm

    I was sorry to read about your mother. I hope I have the right Lisa because I have been thinking of you for a while. I did have your address but lost it. I recognized the name because of the genealogy and the Dehnel name in my ex-husband’s family.

    I wish you well and if you need anything, let me know.

    Pat Kell

  4. Rebecca M Utrie

    10/06/2017 at 5:58 pm

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. Donna had strong fighter spirit and love for her family. May she rest in peace. Unfortunately I will not be able to join you tomorrow. With Love, Becky Utrie

  5. Bob and Gert Slagoski

    10/06/2017 at 5:58 pm

    Our deepest condolences tp Larry and his family on the passing of Donna. May she rest in peace