Donna Jeanne Miller Wenke, 86, of rural Bonaparte, Iowa, passed away at 4:20
a.m. Thursday, November 7, 2013 at her home.
Born July 28, 1927 in Latty, Iowa the daughter of Walter and Mabel (Lemke) Miller.
On March 2, 1946, she married Bernard John Wenke in Fort Madison, Iowa. He
preceded her in death.
Survivors include her three sons Milton Wenke of Mt. Sterling, Iowa, Rex Wenke of
Bonaparte, Iowa and Eugene Wenke of Mt. Sterling, Iowa, three daughters Twila
Billingsley of Mt. Sterling, Iowa, Rita Holden of Keosauqua, Iowa and Anita Puskas
of Bonaparte, Iowa, fourteen grandchildren, twenty six great-grandchildren,
three great great-grandchildren, hundreds of honorary grandchildren, one
brother Gary Miller of Alamo, Texas and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bernard, two sisters and
Donna was a member of the Bonaparte Women’s Legion Auxiliary, the Croton
Ladies Aide, the Croton Community Club and the Croton Bunco Team. She
worked for Sheaffer Pen, Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Riverside Plastics and
Fairfield Glove Factory. She was a volunteer at the Farmington food pantry, a
camp cook for the Annual Fort Madison Trail Ride and a 4-H Leader. Donna’s car
didn’t pass many garage sales as she loved finding a good bargain. She also
enjoyed attending craft shows, sewing and she especially loved to travel. Donna
had the distinction of being the first customer at the Dutchman’s Store in Cantril.
Heaven now has a new angel and she will be missed!
Donna’s body has been cremated.
A private family graveside service will be held at the Thompson Cemetery in rural
Memorials may be made in her memory.
The Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home of Farmington is assisting the
family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to
the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com.
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