Schimmelpfenning, Dona Mae
Out of the arms of my family, into the arms of my Lord on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at the age of 72.
On July 21, 1939 I was given life to a wonderful family, Silas and Martha Danley. I was born in Clintonville, but also lived in Embarrass and grew up in Marion. It was a wonderful time in my life. On September 27, 1958 I wed Earl Schimmelpfenning. We were married for 48 years when Earl passed away on March 23, 2007. We had two children: Cindy Lou and Kim Marie. Cindy married Jeffery Ashauer. My life was made complete when they gave us four grandsons: Jesse (Becky), Justin (Rachel), Matthew, and Maxwell Ashauer. We were blessed with two grandchildren from Kim; Nicholas Reiter and Courtney Jo Kepler. I was blessed with four great-grandchildren in the last couple years: Annabelle, Jackson, Ella, and Gracelyn.
I was employed by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, for 24 years retiring on April 1, 2003. I am survived by my two sisters: Marge Gretzinger, Blanche (John) Garofalo, and sister-in-law, but really sister, Delores Danley. My sisters-in-law: Doris Handler, Ruth (Charlie) Ziegler, and my brother-in-law, Marvin (Marion) Schimmelpfenning. I also have many nieces and nephews which I treasured dearly. I lost my brother, Clarence on February 1, 1999. I also lost my brothers-in-law: Norman and Lorraine Schimmelpfenning, Raymond Handler, Raymond Hertzfeld, and Frank Gretzinger.
I have met so many people over the years in my volunteer life and as my work with Aid Association for Lutherans (Thrivent Financial) as a fraternal specialist. It made my life very special.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2011 at OUR SAVIOR‚ÄôS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3009 N. Meade St., Appleton, with Rev. Kurt Hoffman officiating. Friends will be received at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Entombment will be in Appleton Highland Memorial Park.
In the corner of our hearts is a place called memory, where we can go to find comfort. Though I have left you, we have so many memories to reach back and remember, our love will always carry us on.
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior St.
Appleton, WI 54911