Dona Rebers

Dona V. Rebers, age 83 of Jordan, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3PM with a visitation 2-hours prior all at Hope Lutheran Church, 201 Hope Avenue, Jordan. Dona will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery in Belle Plaine. Her grandchildren will act as urn bearers and Pastor Steve Thompson will preside.

On October 18, 1935 in Blakeley, MN, parents Otto and Jessie (Law) Schultz celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dona Viola. At a young age, the family moved to Belle Plaine where Dona completed her schooling.
In her adulthood, Dona dedicated herself to her family. She was her children’s biggest supporter and attended all their activities. Dona was the quintessential homemaker—sewing clothes for her children, canning, making bread, and gardening. A talented cook, her best recipes included her egg bake, breakfast lasagna, and cranberry ice. Whatever she was doing, Dona included her children. The boys often helped gather grapes for jelly and cucumbers to sell to Gedney’s in Chaska.

Dona was proud of her family. Her love and support for them was endless. Even if it meant traveling to another state, Dona wanted to be there for the big moments in her family’s lives. She took many special trips with family, going as far as Alaska, New Jersey, and to California where she saw the ocean for the first time.

While a homemaker for many years, Dona also worked outside of the home. In 1969, she began her career selling insurance. Later, she became a partner with the Jordan Agency where she worked until her retirement at age 72.
Never one to be idle, Dona volunteered with many organizations. When her children were young, she was a Sunday school teacher at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine. Later, at Hope Lutheran, she served as financial secretary, council president and vice president, deacon, and sang in the choir.

Since 1984, she was a member of the Jordan Commercial Club. Dona also volunteered at the Belle Plaine Thrift Store and assisted the Jordan first grade classes with math and reading. Dona especially loved getting together with the ladies for coffee club throughout the week.

Dona was patient and had a servant’s heart—she always put her family, friends, and community before herself. Dona will be missed by her children, Boyd (Marsha) Rebers, Craig (Karen) Rebers, Linda (James) Fahey, Dwight (Marisa) Rebers, Carol (James) Muir; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 6 step great-grandchildren; sisters, Jean Meierbachtol; Elda Zuleger and her husband Wayne; other relatives and friends.
She is greeted in Heaven by her parents; sister, Cora Soller; brother, Otto Schultz; brother-in-law, David Soller; brother-in-law, Ernst “Jack” Meierbachtol; sister-in-law, Connie Schultz.

Arrangements with Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation, Jordan Chapel.

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  1. Stephenie Schultz :

    Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have such fond memories of Aunt Dona. Dad loved her very much and always commented on how close they were. I know she was loved by many and will be missed by everyone that knew her.

  2. Los Altos High School Choirs :

    Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that happy memories will bring you peace and comfort in the absence of this dear lady and that her love will forever fill your hearts.

  3. Deb Schroeder :

    Sending our deepest sympathy. thinking of all of you. Deb (Bahrke) Schroeder

  4. Our deepest sympathies to the whole family of Dona. She was a truly great lady. I got the great honor of getting to know Donna thru the Jordan Commercial Club and she was always extremely friendly and truly cared about how people were doing. She was a dedicated volunteer for my wife Sarah’s classroom as she read to the children every week. Sarah would always be so happy when Grandma Dona would come in and give her time to the class. She was a truly wonderful woman and our entire community will miss her greatly. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers!

  5. Christine White :

    From all of us here, we send out deepest sympathies and know that our prayers are with the family. Carol spoke great words about her mother, making us all feel like we knew her personally , She sounded like a great lady . May her joy she brought into the world and the memories she left, be remembered by all.

  6. I am sorry for your loss. Grandma Dona was such a patient, caring, giving lady. She worked in my classroom every week for 7 years. She helped many students with reading and especially loved working on math with them. She also enjoyed helping us out at our Holiday parties and always brought such fun treats for the kids. The children loved working with her and could hardly wait for her to come so they could be with her. Her kindness will be missed by many! I am so thankful and blessed to have had the opportunity to have Grandma in my classroom.

  7. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I have very fond memories of visiting during my family’s yearly visit to Minnesota. Aunt Dona always made the visit fun with her hospitality and love for family.

    Carla (Hottinger) Hall

  8. My cindolences to you & your family. I always felt as if I knew your family with stories we shared. May God give her a garden with no weeds and a magic rolling pin. It’s hard to lose the glue of the life you’ve known.

  9. Candyce Saxton :

    I’m sorry to hear about your mom s passing. My prayers are with you.

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