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Donna McGrane

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Donna McGrane, 92, of Carroll, died Friday, May 8, 2020, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 24, at St. John Paul II Catholic Parish-St. Lawrence Church in Carroll. The celebrant will be Father Shinoj Jose. Music will be by Kate Cuddy and Kathleen Macke. Honorary Mass servers will be Emmett Juergens and Tommy Juergens. Lector will be Joel Williams. Honorary gift bearers will be Donna’s great-grandchildren. Eucharistic minister will be Lori Seidl. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll. Those who attend the Mass are asked to abide by COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines, and masks are required.

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

Memorials may be left for the Donna McGrane family, c/o Sharp Funeral Home, 226 W. 8th St., Carroll, IA 51401.

Donna was born on Jan. 26, 1928, in Manning, Iowa, a daughter of Julius and Margaret (Vollmer) Rowedder. She grew up in Manning and graduated valedictorian from Manning Community School.

She was married to Cletus Thomas McGrane on July 31, 1947, at Sacred Heart Church in Manning. The couple farmed the McGrane Family Farm west of Halbur until they retired in the early 1990s and moved to Carroll.

Donna enjoyed dancing, playing cards, and cherished any time spent with family. She loved to read and was a very devout Catholic. In her spare time she was always there to help her family, who meant the world to her.

Donna is survived by her children: Steve (Donna) McGrane, Julie (Jim) Williams, Lori (Tom) Seidl and Cindy McGrane; her grandchildren: Kevin (Kathryn) McGrane, Kyle (Nikki) McGrane, Jay (Ashley) McGrane, Jon (Carley) McGrane, Jeffrey (Darl) Williams, Joel (Jamie) Williams, Joshua (Abby) Williams, Jason (Kady) Williams, Jill (Chad) Kluver, Shelli (Pete) Juergens, Todd (Lindsy) Seidl, and Woody (Sean) Bollinger; 27 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Wilbert Lussman; as well as other extended relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus McGrane; her parents, Julius and Margaret Rowedder; parents-in-law, Jim and Margaret McGrane; her sister, Dorothy Lussman (Paul) Volquartsen; her brother, Jim (Mary) Rowedder; and her brother-in-law James McGrane.

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