In Memory of Donna Nicholson

Gathering of Family and Friends

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday August 31, 2020
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

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Donna Mae Nicholson, age 83 of River Falls WI, died on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after suffering a stroke. Donna was born May 24, 1937 on the family farm in El Paso, WI to parents Charles and Bernice (Julson) Langer. Donna graduated from Hammond High School with the Class of 1955. On August 17, 1957 she was united in marriage to Ted Nicholson, though they later divorced, three children were born to this union: Rick, Mary, and Eddie.

Donna drove school bus for the River Falls School District, and after nearly 50 years, she would retire in 2011. Outside of work, she enjoyed baking and flowers, and loved traveling, especially to Branson with her “Gallivanting Grannies” friends to take in country western and Daniel O’Donnell music shows. Donna was a wonderful lady who would often sit down and take the time to send off a hand-written letter to those she cared about. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.

Donna is survived by her son, Rick (Beth) Nicholson; her daughter, Mary (Doug) White; her daughter-in-law, Kathy Straub; her grandchildren, Brock (Shelley) Schulte, Nicholas (Becky) White, Mike (Alyssa) Nicholson, Michelle (Jason) Haas, and Danny (Andrea) Nicholson; great-grandchildren, Colton, Brody, Elly, Easton, and Ruthie; special granddog, Kota; her brother, Chuck (Margaret) Langer; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Donna was preceded in death by her son, Eddie Nicholson; her grandson, Ryan White; great-grandbaby, Jayden Haas; her parents; and her sister, Gloria (Ed) Veenendall.

To honor the life of Donna M. Nicholson, a Gathering of Family and Friends will take place on Monday, August 31st from 3:00-6:00pm at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, 211 E. Division Street in River Falls, WI. Memorials may be directed to the discretion of the family. Services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls. 715-425-5644

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  • Donna touched the lives of so many. And, by doing so, will be remembered for years to come. My sympathies to her family.

  • To Donna’s family, I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I was one of thousands that rode the bus with Donna over the years. For me, short term as I was on crutches and recovering from surgery. Even years later when she’d see me in public, she’d make a point to say hello. Donna’s always held a special place in my heart and I knew she was truly one of the good ones. Prayers of peace and comfort to all of you.