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Donna Gehling

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Donna Gehling, 88, of Carroll, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church-St. John Paul II Parish in Carroll.  The celebrant will be Father Timothy Schott. Music will be by Kathy Halbur and Kathleen Macke. Lector will be Cassie Esdohr. Gift bearers will be Alyce Nieland and Paige Thomas. Eucharistic minister will be Brian Baumhover. Honorary casket bearers will be Stuart Calvert, Sarah Hobson Calvert, Todd Williams, Laura Hobson, Chris Baker, Teresa Baker, Terri Jo Gehling, Dean Schnieder, Jennifer Schnieder, Alyce Nieland, Adam Thomas, Paige Thomas and Cassie Esdohr. Casket bearers will be Ted Gehling, Steven Gehling, Sam Gehling, Alex Gehling, Aaron Nieland and Jacob Esdohr. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.  

Visitation will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church.

A livestream of Donna’s funeral Mass will be available on the Sharp Funeral Home — Carroll, YouTube page. A link will be provided on Donna’s obituary page at on Saturday morning.  

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Donna’s family at

Donna, a daughter of Clayton and Mary (Nees) Daniel, was born on Oct. 1, 1932, on the family farm south of Lidderdale, Iowa. She attended Holy Family School in Lidderdale and graduated from St. Angela Academy in Carroll.  

On Jan. 22, 1951, Donna married Vincent Gehling at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lidderdale. Donna and Vincent lived on a farm south of Halbur for many years. She was a devoted wife and mother.  Donna enjoyed gardening and canning the bounty it created. She raised chickens, and gathered and cleaned the eggs to sell to the many customers that stopped by. She also delivered to the many cafés in town.  Donna enjoyed baking and decorating cakes for family special occasions. Donna was also an accomplished seamstress, which kept her busy. She loved to embroider items, which she gave to her children and grandchildren. After moving to Carroll in 1985 she enjoyed the neighborhood ladies’ coffee gatherings and games they played. In her spare time Donna often read story books. Donna was a member of St. Lawrence Church-St. John Paul II Parish.

Donna is survived by her daughter: Dr. Sandra (Daniel) Hobson of Des Moines; sons: Bruce (Denise) Gehling of Carroll, Brian (Jeanne) Gehling of Carroll, and Brent (Janis) Gehling of Manning; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one step-grandchild; her siblings: Joan (Jerry) Feeney of Council Bluffs, Larry (Rosie) Daniel of Lidderdale, Robert (Mary) Daniel of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Janice (Mike) Boes of Urbandale; her sister-in-law: Freda Barron of Niles, Michigan; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.  

Donna was preceded in death by her husband: Vincent, in 2003; grandson Nicholas; parents: Clayton and Mary Daniel; parents-in-law: Theodore and Catherine Gehling; brothers John and Roland (Marian) Daniel; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Marie (Rod) Von Eschen, Anna (Herman) Rath, Lucille (James) Jackley, Frank (Norma Jean) Gehling, John (Marjorie) Gehling, Leonard (Irma) Gehling, Leo Gehling, Helen (Charles) Gray and Bill Barron.  

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