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Donna Mae Davis, 78, of Onawa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa.
A funeral mass will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 11, 2019, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Onawa, with Father Michael Erpelding officiating. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery near Castana, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Sunday, March 10, 2019, with a scriptural wake service at 7:00 P.M., NOW AT ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Onawa. Funeral services are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa.
Donna Mae Davis was born on February 12, 1941, in rural Castana, Iowa, to Merlin and Helen (Warren) Davis. She contracted polio in 1952, and was thereafter confined to a wheelchair. She graduated from Castana High School in 1959, and later took several college classes at night through Western Iowa Tech Community College. She moved into Castana with her parents in 1973, and was the city treasurer for twenty-three years. She was the Castana news correspondent for the local weekly newspapers for thirty-nine years.
Donna was an active member of the Castana community, having been a charter member of the GFWC Junior 76’ers, a past member of the Castana Ladies Aid, Grimsley-Thayer American Legion Post #502, Centennial Club, as well as the Onawa Woman’s Club, Denison Repeater Association, Boyer Valley Amateur Radio Club, and the Timber Ridge 4-Wheel Drive Club. She also served on the county committee that successfully campaigned for the passage of the first local option sales tax in Monona County. She has resided at Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa since 1996, serving on the Resident Council, the Marketing Committee, and as editor of the facility newsletter for seven years. Donna enjoyed several hobbies including amateur (ham) radio, cross stitching, crocheting, reading, playing cards, puzzles, traveling, and keeping in touch with friends via e-mail on the computer.
Donna was baptized into the Castana United Church of Christ and was a member for many years. In 1995, she converted to Catholicism and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mapleton. After she moved to Onawa, she regularly attended St. John’s Catholic Church in Onawa, and assisted in leading the Rosary once a week at Elmwood. She had great faith in the Holy Trinity from which she drew her strength.
Survivors include the man she loved, Robert Rauterkus of Mapleton, IA; one brother, Ronald and his wife Doris Davis of Onawa, IA; one sister, Carol and her husband Rick Deeds of Correctionville, IA; one sister-in-law, Esther Stick of Marion, IA; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Merlin and Helen (Warren) Davis; one brother, Howard Davis; and two sisters, Garnet Miller and Darlyne Leisinger.
Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com