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Donna Story

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On April 13, 2020 @ 3:45 pm In 2020,Obituaries,Uncategorized | 8 Comments

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Donna Story, age 87, of Prior Lake, MN, passed away peacefully, from natural causes, on Saturday, April 11, 2020, at St Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Shakopee, MN. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, June 30, at 11 am, with a time of gathering from 9:30-10:50 am, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 5634 Lutheran Road, Prior Lake, MN. Pastor John Kallio will preside, with children, Jay and Jonelle acting as urn bearers. Donna will be laid to rest at a private family burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, in Minneapolis, MN.

Donna Mae was born on January 29, 1933, in Flandreau, SD, to parents Edwin and Mathilda (Iverson) Johnson. The youngest of nine children, she unfortunately lost her dad, at the age of 3. Her Sister Viola stepped up after the loss and helped Mathilda raise Donna. She attended a Native American School, where Viola was a teacher. In her teenage years, the family moved to Mankato, MN, to be closer to her brother Wally. Donna graduated from Mankato High School. 

An aspiring artist, Donna was hoping to attend an art school, instead she devoted her career to being a wife, mother and grandmother. Unbeknown to Donna, she met the love of her life, Courtlin Elg Story, while taking a walk. After dating, and a weeklong engagement, (due to his military service commitment) they were wed on November 26, 1951, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, in Mankato. 

After Courtlin returned from the service, Donna and he were blessed with two children, Jay and Jonelle. Courtlin accepted a teaching position and in 1959, the family settled their roots in Prior Lake. The Story family loved camping and exploring Minnesota and adjacent borders. She also spent countless hours cheering on her children, in their sporting events and school activities. As the children grew older, Donna and Courtlin expanded their horizons with traveling the United States and abroad, with friends of the Prior Lake Windjammers. 

Through the years, Donna worked various jobs and she would often say, “I am a Jack-of-all-Trades and a Master of None!” Donna’s vocation was being committed and devoted to her God, husband, children, grandchildren and friends.  She and Courtlin were charter members of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church and later attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Donna had a deep Christian base. She loved attending bible studies, reading the bible and Christian novels. Donna was also an active volunteer with the Blood Mobile, Meals on Wheels, St. Francis Regional Medical Center and as an election worker. Life for Donna was fulfilled becoming a grandma to five amazing grandchildren. They became her main priority and relished being active in all their lives. In Donna’s spare time, she was proud of being 100% Norwegian and loved making Scandinavia desserts and great pies.   

Forever loved, Donna will be forever missed by son, Jay (Lori) Story; daughter, Jonelle (Lee) Hennen; grandchildren, Dan (Jody) Hennen, Jenna (fiancé, Sam Johnson) Hennen, Lauren Story, Jessica Story, Robby Story; 2 great grandchildren soon-to-be; other relatives and friends. 

There to greet Donna home in heaven is her husband, Courtlin; parents, Edwin and Mathilda and 8 siblings. 

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Condolence from Lesa Taylor on April 13th, 2020 8:21 pm

I will so miss Donna Story and I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman and I was honored to work for and to have as a friend. She was always a lady and treated people kindly. She will be greatly missed by so many. She loved her family and was very proud of them. I know her strong faith has brought her to a peaceful place. I am so glad I got to be a part of her life. I will keep your family in my prayers. I know this must be difficult, stay strong.

Condolence from Pauline Lentner on April 14th, 2020 1:05 pm

Dear Jonelle, Jay and family, My sincere sympathy for the loss of your dear Mom.

Condolence from Verda Russo on April 16th, 2020 7:22 pm

So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. We really missed her out of our group after she was unable come with us to
Friday coffee, Bible Class, church etc . My deepest sympathy .
Verda Russo

Condolence from Barb Harms on April 21st, 2020 11:47 am

My condolences on the loss of your mother/grandmother. Donna was a wonderful person. We spent many Sunday mornings sharing a table at St. Paul’s Bible study. I missed her when she could no longer attend.

Condolence from Barbara Edy on April 23rd, 2020 8:20 am

Lee, & Janelle,

We were so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. She will be remembered with fondness. We were good friends for many years. We first met when I was invited to a Bible study that she was leading. That lasted for many years. It was always fun to go to lunch with she and Court and some other friends. We will miss her.
Sincerely, Bill & Barb Edy

Condolence from Shell, Al & Alex Peterson on April 23rd, 2020 9:20 pm

Jay, Jonelle & families,
We were so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. I had always looked forward to visiting with your family as kids when we met in Montgomery for gatherings. Both your Mom and your Dad were always such kind and positive people, as were you both. I hope we can remain in contact with you. We will miss Donna, but realize she and your Dad are likely both at peace again with one another….

Condolence from Diane & Paul Baker on April 24th, 2020 9:28 am

To Jay and Jonelle, and your families:
So very sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. She was a very special woman. Her vibrant ray of light placed a warm blanket of love and caring over those in her presence. No doubt, you can still feel that warmth today, and will continue to feel it whenever she comes into your mind.
With lots of love,
Diane, Paul, Natalie and Samantha Baker

Condolence from Ashlee Sames on May 23rd, 2020 12:55 am

I was deeply saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. Donna and her husband were dear friends of my grandparents, Gene and Suzy Muelken. I have great memories of the four of them visiting over coffee and catching up. Prayers for peace, comfort and strength. Ashlee Sames

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