1930-2013



Donna Jean Paske, 83, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Funeral will be conducted by Pastor Steven Frock at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at First Presbyterian Church in Audubon, Iowa. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. The casket bearers will be Randy Klever, Steve Stetzel, Paul Rogers, Dan Lowe, Tat Thygesen and Paul Madsen. The family will meet with friends from 6 to 8 Thursday evening at Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon.

Donna Jean Paske, daughter of Jesse and Laura Johnson Griffin, was born March 20, 1930, at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Ill. Donna was baptized in the Methodist Church in Rockford. She attended Rockford Community Schools, graduating with the high school Class of 1947. Donna and Richard met on V-J Day in 1945, and then became high school sweethearts which became a 63-year-long love story.

On Aug. 28, 1949, she married Richard Paske Sr. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockford. Four children: Pam, Jan, Rick, and Gayle were born to this union. She worked various jobs throughout her years but was mostly busy as a homemaker raising and taking care of her children. In 1971, they moved to Audubon, Iowa, from Illinois and many places in between, finally their last move was to Carroll, Iowa, in 2009.

Donna was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Audubon. Donna was a wonderful hostess who enjoyed entertaining her family and friends. Donna and Richard loved to travel overseas and within the United States. They spent the winters in Green Valley, Ariz., for 17 years until her health started to fail. But most of all she loved reminiscing the wonderful memories with her husband Richard, her children and grandchildren.

Preceding her death was her grandson Matthew Wallander; her infant grandson Scott Klever; her parents; her brothers-in-law and sister-in-law: Donald and wife Evelyn Paske; and Morris Paske.

Donna is survived by her husband Richard Paske Sr. of Carroll; her children: Pam Paske of Creston, Iowa; Jan and husband Ken Griffith of Des Moines, Iowa; Richard Paske Jr. of Audubon; and Gayle and husband Randy Klever of Audubon; her grandchildren: David Wallander of Creston; Grant Klever and special friend Sarah Caldwell of Otho, Iowa; Christine and husband Andrew Gschwind of Waukee, Iowa; her great-granddaughter Jaiden Wallander of Indianola, Iowa; her sister Lynn and husband Jack Reising of Tucson, Ariz.; her sister-in-law Mary Lou Paske of Rockford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.