Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls, with Fr. Nicholas Landsberger officiating. Interment was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls.
Donna Jean Marie Olson was born Dec. 26, 1923, in Brainerd, the daughter of Christ and Olga (Hanson) Olson. She grew up in Brainerd and graduated from Brainerd High School, Class of 1941. She attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, graduating in 1945. She then went to the University of Minnesota where she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Following her schooling, she was employed in Public Health in St. Paul, for four years. She was united in marriage to Robert DeLane Sept. 3, 1949, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. The couple made their home in the Twin Cities until Robert went to serve in the Korean Conflict. While Robert was in the service, Donna moved back to Brainerd. Then they relocated to Fergus Falls, and moved to Little Falls in 1959. In 1963, she went to work at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls, retiring in November 1983. Donna enjoyed playing cards, having a beer with friends after work, traveling in retirement, visiting with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, volunteering and serving on the EEI board. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls and the 3rd Order of Franciscans.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Terri (Bob) Sentell of Bedford, Texas, Pat DeLane of Cushing, Cathy (Jim) Grimes of Tucson, Ariz., Mark (Cheryl) DeLane of Pine River, John (Lynn) DeLane of Eagle River, Alaska, Jim DeLane of Ft. Ripley, Mary (Ed) Hoover of Little Falls, Beth (Stanley) Barnes of Waite Park, Paul (Alice) DeLane of Rice and Amy DeLane of Little Falls; 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert (Jan. 16, 2000); and grandson, Mark Vnuk.