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Donna Anderson

Donna L. Anderson

March 2nd, 1931 - May 14th, 2020
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Donna L Anderson, age 89, of Watertown and formerly of Hayti, SD passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020.

Private family services will be Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown (with a video on our website to follow as soon as possible). Father Richard Baumberger will officiate.

Burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery near Grover, SD.

Honorary pallbearers will be Donna’s granddaughters, Gail Johnson Kangas, Brenda Johnson, Josie Johnson Beld, Alexandria Anderson, Shannon Johnson Struckman, Becky Johnson Webb, Heidi Peckenpaugh Schleis, Saylor Hlavacek and Justine Anderson.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jason and Austin Anderson, Michael Anderson, Riley and Brady Buck, Wesley Johnson, Tanner Moss and Jeremiah Peckenpaugh.

Donna Louise (Namken) Anderson was born March 2, 1931 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Otto Dedrick and Ellen Margaret (McGuire) Namken. She grew up in Hayti, South Dakota and graduated from Hayti High School. Donna was united in marriage with Arnold J. Anderson on October 20, 1951 at St. Francis DeSales Church in Estelline, South Dakota. The couple farmed and raised their family west of Hayti on their family farm. Donna owned and operated Donna’s Café in Hazel, South Dakota during the late 1980’s. She also worked in the food service department at Hamlin High School for a number of years as well as Pheasant Lanes Restaurant in Hayti.

Donna was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, a lifetime member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Grover until it closed, and she was currently a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown. She was also a member of Homemakers Extension Club.

Donna enjoyed raising chickens and selling eggs while on the farm. She also raised and sold many canaries over the years. The couple was on the farm for 51 years before moving to Watertown in 2009. Donna also enjoyed square dancing, bowling league, Bingo and playing cards. She was a big fan of country music. Donna thoroughly enjoyed baking and she was very good at it. Her deep dark chocolate cake will be missed by all!

Donna is survived by her children, Arline (Leon) Johnson of Bryant, SD, Gary (Serena) Anderson of Beresford, SD, James (Diane) Anderson of Hayti, SD, Mary Ellen (Robert Sour) Johnson of Hazel, SD, Kimberly (Curtis) Hlavacek of Watertown and MarJoan (Bret) Buck of Bryant, SD; her siblings, Gearold Namken of Watertown, SD, Larry Namken of Watertown, SD, John (Alma) Namken of Watertown, SD and Karen Stemwedel of Castlewood, SD; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Anderson (August 23, 2019); her son, Lynn Anderson (November 15, 2019); parents; her brother, Merle Namken; brother-in-law, Cliff Stemwedel; sisters-in-law, June Namken, Lily Namken and Caroline Namken; and her infant granddaughter, Teresa Anderson.

Arrangements with Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel, Watertown, www.wightandcomes.com.
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  • Service

    Tuesday May 19th, 2020 |
    When
    Tuesday May 19th, 2020
    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE. Thank you for understanding.
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    Grover, SD
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Denise Bender (Stein)

Posted at 01:17pm
So very sorry for your loss. Many Thoughts & Prayers are with you all.🙏🙏🙏
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Susan and Stan Kannas

Posted at 09:32am
Prayers to your family. She will always be with you.
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Lois (Stormo) Mack

Posted at 06:31pm
I am so sorry to hear about your mom/grandma. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace in the memories you have of her.
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Jean Sour

Posted at 10:09pm
My sympathy in the loss of your mother, cherish your memories!
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