Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Upsala, with the Rev. Trish Jorgenson officiating. Burial was at the Elmdale Lutheran Cemetery in Elmdale. Visitation was from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday and will be held one hour prior to the service on Sunday at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Upsala.
Lois Donat was born March 3, 1922, to Geoffrey and Olga (Jacobson) Hanson in Elmdale Township. She was baptized and confirmed in the Elmdale Lutheran Church. On May 29, 1948, she married Leslie Donat and they farmed southwest of Upsala until Leslie’s death in 1982. Lois continued living on the farm until 1987 when she moved to an apartment in Upsala. Lois taught several years in rural schools: including the Upsala and Albany School. She retired from teaching in 1985. She was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church from the time of her marriage until her death. Lois was active in her church and civic affairs in the Upsala area. She was a member of many groups and committees working to better the church and community and hold reunions to bring people together. In her spare time, Lois liked to travel, sew, and do jigsaw and crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her four children, Neil (Teri) of Castro Valley, Calif., Alan of Castro Valley, Calif., Arlys (Gene) Zepper of Perham and Myles (Cathy) of Gardnerville, Nev.; seven grandchildren, Amber and Nicole Zepper, Brenda and Marsha Donat and Justin, Nicholas and Mitchell Donat; and her sister, Jean (Hanson) Martinson of Upsala.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
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