Glores Donajkowski, age 87, of Hudson, Wisconsin passed away peacefully at Cambridge Senior Living on May 27th, 2022. Glores was born to Ray and Elmira (Freiderich) Ring in New Ulm, Minnesota on October 10, 1934. During World War ll, when she was just 9 years old, her family moved from Minnesota to Milwaukee. She then graduated from Milwaukee’s West Division High School in 1952.
Glores met the love of her life Clarence “Butch” Donajkowski on a blind date, and on June 25th, 1955, they were married at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. After the two returned from their honeymoon, Butch received his draft notice. This was the start of the “16 lost months” he spent in Korea. During this time, Glores worked at Inland Steel Products in Milwaukee as a key punch operator.
Their son Raymond was born on March 22nd, 1958, and their daughter Debra was born 18 months later on September 17th, 1959. The couple then bought a house in Port Washington with sweat equity and the family moved to Port in September of 1963. After the kids were in school, Glores started working as a cook at the Country Inn in Knellsville, Wisconsin. From here she had many different career paths including working as a cook and server at Kratzers (latter Fowlers) restaurant in Port Washington, as well as an assistant manager at Lauer’s True Value Hardware Store where she retired from in 1991.
After retiring they moved to Hiles, Wisconsin to be closer to Glores’ parents in their “Golden years”. When the upkeep of the property in northern Wisconsin got to be too much, they moved to Farmington, Minnesota to be closer to their son Ray. After her husband of 61 years passed away in 2016, she moved to Hudson, Wisconsin to be closer to her family.
Glores was her children’s biggest fan, and always supported them in all of their endeavors. She always kept her hands moving, and enjoyed painting, ceramics, card making, and needlepoint. Glores was also proficient in sewing, knitting, and crocheting.
Glores supported all Wisconsin sports teams, except for the Milwaukee Brewers, since she thought baseball was boring. With her husband, they were shareholders in the Green Bay Packers. She enjoyed many family vacations, driving to many different parts of the country. But her biggest thrill was flying into Indianapolis and back home the same day for the Indy 500. She said she felt like a “Jet Setter”.
Glores will forever remain in the hearts of her children; Raymond (Diana) Donajkowski and Debbie (Tim) Froh as well as many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence “Butch” Donajkowski as well as her parents Ray and Elmira (Freiderich) Ring.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, June 13th, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson, Wisconsin. The Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior.
Memorials are preferred to the family.