Donna Vigesaa

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Donna Vigesaa, Fargo, age 83, passed away Dec. 1, 2014.

She was born August 7, 1931 in Bismarck, ND to Herbert and Adeline Neugebauer.  Donna graduated from Bismarck high school, then worked at Provident Life Insurance and Fraine Barracks, both in Bismarck.

On January 5, 1952 she was married to Willard Vigesaa and they made their home on a farm near Kensal.  They continued to farm until 1977 when Willard began to work at First Community Credit Union and Donna worked at Job Service and later the Stutsman County Treasurer’s office.  They moved to Jamestown in 1991, and after retirement moved to Fargo in 1997.

Donna is survived by her husband, Willard, Fargo; daughter, Shelley, Fargo;  sister, Hope Sampsel of Hopkins, MN. One niece, Conny (John) Wiliamson, Atwater, MN; and two nephews, David (Becky) Sampsel of Prior Lake, MN and Dan  (Carol) Sampsel of Wilderville, OR.  Also, several cousins.  She was preceded in death by one nephew, John Sampsel of  Chisago City, MN.

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  1. Jamestown North Dakota
    Very sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. She was such a wonderful Godly image for all of us to see. She supported her Church, her Family and her community in every imaginary way with total gracefulness. Donna will be greatly missed. Our hearts & sympathy’s to Willard and all Vigessa’s.

  2. DeQueen ArSending our condolences to you Willard and
    Shelley. We will always remember Donna’s kind, loving gentle spirit. You will miss her so much but she has a great reward and relieved of her infirm body that plagued her for many years. Yet never a word of complaint but thankfulness and care for others! We loved having fellowship together. Special love and care for you both. Lyn and Jim Sorenson

  3. Rochester Minnesota
    Dear Willard, Shelly and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Donna.
    Butch and I had such lovely conversations and letters from her. She made us feel part of the family.
    We are unable to be there to support you because Wendy is undergoing treatment for cancer.
    With sympathy,
    Wendy “Ferris” Willman and Butch Willman

  4. Jamestown ND
    My sympathy to Willard and Shelley for the loss of wife and mother. Donna was a very gentle soul and a visit with her always left one feeling peaceful.

  5. Mack coloradoI always loved listening to the thoughts Donna would share as well as what Willard brought out.
    I will never forget the Smile Donna had . Even though she had hard/difficult times she was always smiling…..
    I enjoyed getting to know her Willard and Shelley a bit better when grandma Arlene and I moved into Park Ave apts.
    She will be missed greatly by all who loved and knew her.
    Heaven is rejoicing while we below are mourning but we must remember that one day all of us will be gone but that each one touches so many people in their own way.
    Donna touched so many and we will never forget the impact that she had on all those who knew her.

  6. Kensal ND
    Willard and Shelley,
    Our hearts share your sorrow for the loss of such a dear wife and mother.
    I always enjoyed visiting with Donna in Jamestown when we use to run into each other. She was always so kind and caring. When I would ask about you, Shelley, her eyes would light up and she’d smile so beautifully – she was always so proud of you.
    Remember in grade school when I was so excited when you asked me to stay overnight at your house and you introduced me to dipping potato chips in ketchup? I will always remember the beautiful music your mother was playing as it floated upstairs to where we were. Heaven must be filled with more beautiful music now!
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    In God’s Love and Ours,
    Kent and Sherry

  7. Estero FlThinking of everyone in Fargo who will be missing Donna. We enjoyed the times having them in our home for the fellowship meeting. Love to you Shelly.

  8. Jamestown ND
    Donna always impressed me by how she practiced her faith..she treated all people with respect & kindness.May God bless her memory & give your family comfort & peace.

  9. Peoria AZ
    So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I remember her as warm and loving the times we were together. My dad, Gordon, spoke of her fondly over the years.

  10. Jamestown ND
    Willard and Shelly
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Donna she was such a nice lady. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. Lila

  11. Hope North Dakota
    We enjoyed fellowship in Willard and Donna’s home.
    Their love and kindness was an inspiration to us.
    A privilege to have known them.

  12. Riverview Florida
    So sorry to hear of Donna passing. Donna and Willard were dear cousins who were always present at every family gathering, no mater how difficult the journey.
    Even though I’m far away my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. Jamestown ND
    I was saddened to learn of Donna’s death and I’m remembering fondly our times together. My memories go way back to when Donna and I took lessons from the same piano teacher. She was a very special and talented friend. My prayers are with you. God Bless.

  14. Dear Willard and Shelley,

    Thinking of you lots these days… So thankful for special memories of times with Willard & Donna. They always encouraged me, and even now it’s an encouragement to think of their faithful lives. I’m glad our paths crossed–I’m richer for having known them.

    With much love and care,

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