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.