In Memory of

Donna Lou Anderson

November 13, 1927 - July 21, 2020
From: Aurelia, IA

Donna Lou Eischen, daughter of Franklin and Marie (Schiltz) Eischen was born November 13, 1927 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Cherokee, IA. She completed high school at the Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Cherokee where she boarded with the Christina Hyndman family. She went on to St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Sioux City, IA.

 On April 23, 1947, Donna married the love of her life, Lawrence Anderson, and their legacy of faith, family, and farming began. The couple raised six children; Patricia Estes of Sioux Center, IA, Katherine (Dick) Mazoyer of Charlotte, NC, Jacquelyn (Tom) Bleil of Hornick, IA, Ronald (Dian) Anderson of Aurelia, IA, Randall (Deborah) Anderson of Cherokee, IA, and Angela (Harry) Endrulat of Lincoln, NE. In turn, the couple has been blessed with 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter, and the Anderson crew continues to grow.

 Donna enjoyed traveling, cards, winning at slots, playing on her iPad, hosting parties, dancing, being with friends, dessert and making memories with her children and grandchildren. She also loved any and all sporting events and both family and friends acknowledge the Green Bay Packers and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame have lost one of their biggest fans.

 Donna will be remembered for her kind heart, contagious laugh, bright smile, homemade brown bread and homemade ice cream, jean shorts and tennis shoes, service to community, quick wit and work ethic.

 Donna returns home to the Lord to be with missed family and friends and get another spin on the dance floor with her much missed husband, Lawrence, who preceded her in death in 2012 after 65 years of marriage. Also preceding her in death are her parents, Frank and Marie Eischen, sister-in-law and her husband Ruby and Lowell Gano, sister-in-law, Marilyn Anderson, son-in-law Dr. Bill Estes, and granddaughter Hanna Marie Lageschulte.

 Left to cherish many memories are her children, her brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Marilyn Eischen of Detroit; brother-in-law, Leland Anderson of Aurelia, and many nieces and nephews.

 In Lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Care Initiatives Hospice, the Aurelia Public Library, or to the Aurelia Schools.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia. The family requests that people in attendance practice social distancing and to please bring a mask and lawn chair.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Care Initiaves Hospice, the Aurelia Public Library, or the Aurelia schools.
Father Mark Stoll
Honorary Bearers
Dr. Billy Estes
Jeremy Lageschulte
Andy Lageschulte
Justin Anderson
Nathan Anderson
Harry Endrulat
Carl Endrulat

There will not be any visitation.
"On Eagle's Wings"
"The Lord Is My Light"
"Sing With All The Saints In Glory"

Pianist- Amber Anderson
Vocalists- Nathan Anderson and Abigail Walker

Amy Karas and Pat Estes
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Aurelia, Iowa


Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 1:32 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to the Anderson family at the news of Donna’s passing. She was one of the biggest supporters of the students and community activities/events. I always enjoyed visiting with her when I saw her. Cherish all the memories that you have shared and know that she will be missed by many. ”
- Stacy Bezoni
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 9:10 AM
“My deepest sympathy to all of you. Donna was such a special person. I so loved chatting with her at school events. Cherish the memories.”
- Shirley Sundberg
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 9:10 AM
“You all have my sincere sympathies. I talk with your mom for quite a long time when I was down in Aurelia visiting Uncle Al Engdahl. She was telling jokes at the lunch table and just cracking every one up. Your Mom was always so kind and friendly. Her great smile is what I always see when I think of her. Please accept my sincere Sympathies for your loss. She lived a wonderful very full life!!!”
- Luci Ferrin
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 9:10 AM
“Sincere condolences to the family. Donna was always ready for a friendly conversation. ”
- Judy Timmins
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 9:10 AM
“Most sincere sympathy for your loss...
God bless with fond memories, warm thoughts,
and heartfelt prayers at this time of parting. ”
- F.A.Hodam
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:39 PM
“I am so sorry am so sorry for your loss. ”
- Paula Anderson Brede
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:39 PM
“Caring thoughts to the Anderson family, I always remember Donna’s great smile and support of all the school and 4-H activities growing up north of Aurelia. May you fondly cherish the special memories of the years gone by.”
- Donna Matthew Vandehaar
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:39 PM
“I had the privilege of meeting Donna when I worked in Aurelia last year. She loved her family deeply, enjoyed walking around the beautiful garden and always up for a visit. My deepest sympathies to the Anderson family during this time- and may the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. ”
- Samantha Corrin
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:39 PM
“Hugs Donna. I am going to miss you. Rest well dear lady.”
- Barbara Evans
Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:48 AM
“"A lady who was always positive, full of strength, filled with compassion" -- my heartfelt condolences sent your way.”
- Roger Kruse
Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:48 AM
We were sad to hear of your loss and our thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family. a donation will be made to Care Initiaves Hospice in her memory.
Something a friend once told me has always remained in my thoughts and rings true with you.
"The dearer and richer our memories, the more difficult the separation."

Richard and Barbara”
- Richard and Barbara Paulk
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