In Memory of Donna Killian

Gathering of family and Friends

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday March 9, 2020
St. Joseph Catholic Parish
269 S. Dakota Street
Prescott WI, 54021

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Monday March 9, 2020
St. Joseph Catholic Parish
269 S. Dakota Street
Prescott WI, 54021

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Donna Mae Killian, age 81 of Prescott, WI, passed away March 4, 2020 peacefully at her home. Donna was born August 10, 1938 in Dows, Iowa, the daughter of LaVere and Burneil (Grupe) Kahler. She graduated from River Falls High School, with the Class of 1956. Donna’s life was blessed with three children, Tom “Tooter”, Dawn, and Terry Groves. In 1968, Donna was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Struve. They shared 17 years together, until his passing in 1985. In 1992, Donna was married to Norman Killian, sharing 27 wonderful years together. Donna worked hard all of her life, in manufacturing and waitressing. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, step-mother, and grandmother to her family.

Donna was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Parish. She enjoyed the outdoors, weekends at the cabin in Danbury with her family snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing. Donna delighted in playing cards, especially a good hand of euchre, gin, solitaire, cribbage and black jack. Donna and Norm were fortunate to share many travels together throughout the United States. She was happiest when surrounded by her family and friends.

Donna will remain in the hearts of her beloved husband, Norm; children, Tom “Tooter” Groves, Dawn (Michael) Lynch, and Terry (Katy) Groves; eight Struve and Killian step-children; grandchildren, Michelle Lynch, Kevin Groves, and Kyle Groves; great-grandchildren, Faith, Addison, Hannah, and Evan; many Struve and Killian grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Beverly Gamnis and Phyllis (Bruce) Souligny; brother, Charles (Judy) Kahler; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Donna was preceded in death by her former husband, Robert “Bob” Struve; and two step-sons.  

Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11:00 AM Monday, March 9, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Parish, 269 Dakota St. S, Prescott, with Fr. George Szews officiating. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 9:00 am until the start of Mass. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prescott. Urn bearers assisting with the service will be Donna’s grandchildren, Michelle Lynch, Kevin Groves, and Kyle Groves.  

Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Prescott (715) 262-5404.

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  • I remember growing up we would always go to Donna‘s house for Christmas and Thanksgiving. She was always very kind to me.

  • Donna and I with my sister Esther an another shared an apartment
    together when she was 18 an I was 19. She was such a nice person. We had some fun time together. One night we discover we both like fried onion so we fried this big frying pan full of onions an ate all of it. The next day at work I had to go to the bath room. I pitty any one who went in there after me. We had a big laugh over that

  • We send our sympathy to Donna’s family. She was a very special person, with a gentle smile. She will be missed by so many. May her soul rest in peace.

  • As a teenager, I worked with Donna in the kitchen at the Steamboat Inn. She set an example with her hard work, kindness and positive temperament, was admired and loved by all. Aside from that, she was a fun person to be around! My sympathy to her family.

  • Donna Mae will always hold a very special place in my heart.
    She taught me how play gin in Webster and then proceeded to beat me at it on a regular basis. She was a good step-grandma to Greg and Maria and enjoyed fishing with them.
    Love to Norm, Terry Katy and the boys, Tooter, Dawn and all who love her.
    Love, Nancy Struve

  • I am deeply saddened by the news of Donna Mae’s passing. She brought much “light and love” to our family. Her good nature and quiet kindness will live on in my heart. I send all of my love to Norm and family during this especially trying time. Xoxox. Carol Struve