Donna J. Erdmann, 86, died peacefully four days after her birthday with her daughter Cindy by her side at Oak Creek Assisted Living in Kiel.
Donna was born Nov. 4, 1934, daughter of the late Phillip and Hilda (Dedow) Pagel. She resided in Manitowoc County with them until she graduated from Kiel High School with the class of 1954. On Feb. 14, 1953 she married Roger H. Erdmann in Waukegan, Illinois. Roger preceded her in death in 1976. Donna was a longtime employee of Prange’s before relocating to Florida to start a new career as co-owner of the Beach Hardware Store in the South Patrick Shopping Center at Satellite Beach, Florida. Donna lost her husband, Roger (at age 40), shortly after relocating. She continued Roger’s dream of owning and operating the hardware store, with which she was very successful. Donna also was an avid ballroom dancer. Growing up on a farm, she had compassion for kitties and she kept that strong connection with cats throughout her life.
She is survived by her three children, Sherry Weise, Randy (Terri) Erdmann, and Cindy Erdmann; 11 grandchildren, Bobbi Jean LaFrance, Angela Pfieffer, Crystal Theunis, Christine Weise, Katherine Weise, Jamie Lee Waller, Amber Moss, Paul Erdmann, Rabecca Dethmer, Courtney Athorp, and Holly Roska; and 18 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her sisters-in-law, Gloria (Goebel) Rabideaux and Germaine Erdmann; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, husband Roger, and sister Phyllis Biddescombe.
Private family services were held and Donna was laid to rest at Greenlawn Cemetery in Kohler.
The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Creek Assisted Living as well as Heartland Hospice for the care given to mom during her stay.