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In Memory of Donna Geurkink


4:00-7:00 PM Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin, WI, and one hour prior to the Mass at church on Monday.

Funeral Services

11:00 AM Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond, WI

Donna Marie Geurkink, age 85 of Woodville, WI, passed away Monday, March 28, 2016, at home.

Donna was born on September 23, 1930 in Deer Park, Wisconsin; the daughter of Ben and Helen (Ella Niederoski) Salkiewicz.  She was raised in New Richmond where she graduated from high school in 1948.  On November 8, 1952 she was united in marriage to Stan Geurkink at the Immaculate Conception Church rectory in New Richmond, WI.  She worked at Friday Canning, the Daylight Store and Doughboy in New Richmond, WI.  In 1959 Donna started her career at Woodville School and continued working for the consolidated school (B-W) until retirement in 1990.   Donna will be remembered as a feisty woman of Polish descent who loves a great joke.  She loved her family and took great pride in doing things for them.  She was an excellent cook, seamstress, and card player.  Donna loved the outdoors and mowed acreage for a lawn, gardened with passion, and drove the car fast.  Donna loved her card clubs, volunteer work with the Woodville Senior Center, traveling with the family, theatre, and eating out with Joey.

Donna is survived by her children, Roxi (Paul) Wakeen, Woodville; Mary (Randy) Linberg, Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren Jaclyn (Trevor) Wahlquist, Taylor Linberg, Sami Linberg, and Joey Wakeen, great grandchildren Felix, Daphne, and Maxim; sister-in-law Delores Zeilinger and many nieces and nephews, and favorite cousins.  She is preceded in death by her husband Stan, her parents Ben and Ella, and in-laws Bob and Hulda Geurkink, her sister Muriel and brother-in-law Ted Riley, brother Nilen Salkiewicz, brother-in-law Johnnie Zeilinger, nieces Elaine Riley and Kay Callister. 

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11a.m. on Monday, April 4 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond, WI with Father Jerry Harris officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday evening at O’Connell’s Funeral Home from 4-7p.m. and one hour prior to the Mass at church Monday morning. Memorials are preferred to Red Cedar Special Olympics, or the Woodville Senior Center.

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    • Dear Mary,
      Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers of hope and peace go out to you, all your loved ones, and friends in your time of sorrow.
      Jeremiah 29:11, Numbers 6:24-26.
      God bless y’all,
      The Texas Ames & Simmons Families

    • Mary & family, you are in my family’s thoughts and prayers.
      2 Corinthians 5:1
      God bless.

    • Dear Mary, we are circling you and your family with big hugs and prayers. It is so hard when those we love leave us, and no short cuts with our grief. I look forward to seeing you again and learning more about this amazing woman?

    • Lifting the whole family up in prayers. May the path for your mother into God’s loving arms be accompanied by a choir of heavenly angels. We love you all!

    • Mary and Family,
      I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers during this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to call me if you need anything at all. I love you!
      Noelle Salter

    • Mary, We are so very sorry very for the loss of your mother. You, Randy, Taylor and Sammy are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love, hugs and prayers from us. We love you.

    • We are so sorry for the sudden loss of Donna. Mary & Randy, please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you.

    • Roxi & Paul, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Looking back, I have such fond memories of both your parents and how they treated me almost like one of the famiy. Your mother made everyone feel welcomed and loved. No one who knew Donna could ever forget her smile.

    • Mary–My deepest sympathy and condolences to you & your family on the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers go out to all your family. May the love of God surround you with His compassion, care, comfort and support.

    • Mary, I’m so sorry about the sudden loss of your mother. Sending up prayers for you and your family that you will be comforted in your time of grief. May memories of joyful times together with her fill your hearts.

    • Mary – I am deeply sorry for the loss of your mother. You and Roxi are in my thoughts and prayers. This is a time where family and friends all need to come together and support each other. May GOD give you the peace and comfort that you both need.