Donna Riesselman, 85, of Halbur, died on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital surrounded by her family.
Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, Oct. 10, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Halbur. The celebrant was Father Tim Friedrichsen. Music was by Julie Sibbel and the St. Augustine Choir with Taylor Masamitsu as soloist. Lector was Doris Riesselman. Gift bearers were Donna’s granddaughters Angie Hausner and Sydney Neubauer. Eucharistic minister was Doris Riesselman. Casket bearers were Donna’s grandsons Matt and Corey Eischeid, Lucas and Weston Riesselman, and Tyler, Justin and Casey Neubauer. Burial was at St. Augustine Cemetery in Halbur.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be used at the discretion of the family.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Donna’s family at www.sharpfuneral.com.
Born on Dec. 18, 1933, Donna was a daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth (Schreck) Thein. She spent her early childhood years in the Dedham, Iowa, area, and the family later moved to Carroll. She graduated from St. Angela Academy in Carroll. On Sept. 3, 1956, Donna married Leonard Riesselman at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Carroll. Donna and Leonard began their married life on a farm south of Halbur, where Donna was a homemaker. Together they had five children: Dean, DeAnn, Denise, Dan and Deb. In 1983, they purchased the Chicken Inn in Halbur, which they owned and operated for 25 years. They moved to Halbur in 1984. Donna enjoyed playing cards, going to slow-pitch games, gardening, canning and socializing with her many friends. She especially enjoyed celebrating the holidays with her family.
She was a member of St. Augustine Parish, the parish’s Ladies Guild and Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She helped establish Halbur University and served as a dean for the scholarship organization for nine years. She volunteered for the blood drive and served on the election board for several years. She was also a volunteer for the St. Anthony Regional Hospital Auxiliary.
Donna is survived by her husband, Leonard, of Halbur; children Dean (Doris) Riesselman of Boone, DeAnn (Randy) Eischeid of Halbur, Denise (Ernest) Middleton of Halbur, Dan (Jeannie) of Arab, Alabama, and Deb Neubauer of Boone, Iowa; nine grandchildren: Lucas Riesselman and his fiancée Anna Statz of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Weston Riesselman of Wilmington, Delaware, Matt (Stacy) Eischeid of Dallas Center, Iowa, Angie (Joe) Hausner of Atchison, Kansas, Corey (Ali) Eischeid of Halbur, Iowa, Tyler (Beth) Neubauer of Beaverdale, Iowa, Justin Neubauer of Austin, Texas, Casey Neubauer and his partner Taylor Masamitsu of New York City, New York, and Sydney Neubauer and her partner Sean Dennis of Boone, Iowa; step-grandchildren: Kathy and Amanda Peters, Ernest, Damion, Keane and Brandon Middleton; seven great-grandchildren: Makayla and Kendra Eischeid, Addison, Hudson and Hayden Eischeid, Evie and Grace Hausner; five step-great-grandchildren: Ashtonn, Jagg and Haelynn Trussell, Madison and Kensley Johns; sisters-in-law Bonnie Thein, Jean Frischmeyer, Alice Christianson and Linda Riesselman; brothers- and sisters-in-law Bob and Katie Curyn, Vernon and Betty Riesselman, Andy and Joann Riesselman; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Henry and Katherine Riesselman; brother Jack Thein; brothers- and sisters-in-law Herb and Delores Riesselman, Lawrence and Ada Riesselman, Bill and Marie Wernimont, Walt and Lucille Riesselman, Vince and Edith Riesselman, Leonard Frischmeyer, Tom Christianson, Gordon Podey and Henry Riesselman.