Donna M. Nelson was born in Litchfield, Minnesota on May 3, 1938 to Curtiss and Alma (Haider) Nelson. Donna passed away at Essentia Hospital on December 17, 2018. She attended St. Joseph Grade School and graduated from Red Wing Central High School in 1956. Donna attended the University of Minnesota and worked at the College of Education for several years. She worked in the Human Resources Department of Super Valu in Hopkins, MN and was transferred to their Fargo Distribution Center where she was the Director of Human Resources until her retirement.
The focus of Donna’s life was her commitment to family, church and community. To her brothers and sisters, she was the one person you knew would never turn down a request for help. For her nieces and nephews, she was the doting aunt, quick with words of praise and love. She lived her life in a way that spoke volumes about her Catholic Christian Faith.
Donna was very active at the St. Paul Newman Center at North Dakota State University, Holy Cross Parish in West Fargo and Holy Spirit Parish where she volunteered in the office and was Head Usher for the 9:00 A.M. Mass.
Donna is survived by her sister, Barbara Diercks of Red Wing, MN, brother Robert (Karmen) Nelson of Mesa, AZ and sister Shirley (James) Macho of Farmington, MN and numerous nieces and nephews. She is survived by special friends, Dennis, Janet and Ryan Gemar of Fargo, ND and Jacob, Becca and Jackson Holman of Grain Valley, MO.
Donna was preceded in death by her mother and father, as well as her brother and sister-in-law, LaMonte & Rita Nelson.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 18, 2019 with Very Rev. Ross Laframboise as celebrant. Visitation will be held an hour before the Mass. Interment will be in Red Wing, MN on Saturday, January 19th with Chaplain Jim Leith officiating.