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1932 Donna 2006

Donna L. Brunk

November 17, 1932 — December 1, 2006


November 17, 1932
Adrian, Minnesota
December 1, 2006
Sheldon, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Tuesday
December 5, 2006
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Sheldon, Iowa
Intern Carrie Anderson
Rev. Elizabeth Pfeifle

“The Old Rugged Cross”
“Come To Jesus”
Soloist: Larry Den Hartog
Accompanist: Paula Hamill
“I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”
“Joy To The World”
Organist: Dorothy Breuer

Robert Wolf Elmer Heeren
Ervan Jahn Marvin Kamrath
Abe Van Roekel Bud Petitt
Robert Vander Linden
Blake Brunk Jonathan Brunk
Alec Brunk Wade Den Hartog
Thad Den Hartog Shane Wilson
Jay Nordstrom Robb Nordstrom

St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery
Sheldon, Iowa

Arrangements under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home
of Sheldon, Iowa

After the graveside service relatives
and friends are invited to join
the family in the fellowship hall
of the church.


Donna Lorraine Brunk, the daughter of G. Walter and Margaret (Moret) Roelofs, was born November 17, 1932 in Adrian, MN. She received her education at Lismore and Adrian Public Schools and graduated from Adrian High School. She attended college in Minneapolis, MN and became a Laboratory and X-Ray Technician. She worked at Slayton, MN and Lutheran Hospital in Sioux City, IA. Donna was united in marriage to Kenneth Haroldson on June 21, 1953 in Lismore, MN. They lived in Salina, KS during Ken’s Air Force assignment and later moved to Mankato and then Minneapolis, MN after Ken graduated from college. Kenneth preceded her in death on April 15, 1959 during heart surgery. Donna and their son, Tom, moved to Worthington, MN where she worked part-time at the Worthington Clinic and Hospital. Donna married Dale L. Brunk, on October 9, 1965 at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN. Donna and Dale made their home in Sheldon. Donna worked at the Community Memorial Hospital in Sheldon from 1966 – 1976 and then with Dr. Griffin and Dr. Murphy at the Sheldon Family Practice, before retiring in 1987. She passed away on Friday, December 1, 2006, at the Northwest Iowa Health Center in Sheldon, IA, reaching the age of 74 years and 14 days.
She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Sheldon, particularly in the Women’s Organization’s, the Priscilla Circle and Quilting Day. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and she enjoyed all of her grandchildren. Donna and Dale also enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona since 1987.
Donna is survived by her husband, Dale of Sheldon; a son, Tom and Brenda Brunk of Colorado Springs, CO; three step-daughters, Sharon and Warren Wilson of Storm Lake, IA; Deb and Larry Den Hartog of Sheldon, IA; Della and Mearlin Nordstrom of Fridley, MN; three grandsons, Blake, Jonathan and Alec Brunk; six step-grandchildren, Rhonda and Brad Hyde; Shane Wilson and special friend, Sue Velner; Wade Den Hartog; Thad and Jennifer Den Hartog; Jay and Robb Nordstrom; four step-great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Kyle Swenson; Joshua Hyde and his fiancée, Toni Griffin; Jace Hyde and Cooper Den Hartog; a sister, Joy and Don Viessman of Worthington, MN; two brothers, Morrie and Jan Roelofs of Mille Lacs Lake, MN and Tim and Melba Roelofs of Sneads Ferry, NC; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Kenneth.

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m Free.
I’m following the path
God has laid you to see.
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
to laugh, to love, to work, or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
good friends, and family,
a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
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