Donna A. Breitsprecher, 76, of Rushford passed away at Gundersen Health Center, La Crosse on Friday, February, 28, 2020. She struggled with many health issues through her years, but took in stride and kept going for her family. She was born to Ed and Mae (Bublitz) Brand on May 22, 1943 in Rushford. Donna was the youngest daughter of nine siblings and learned a lot by following around her parents and older siblings, and enjoyed their trips for ice cream at the Hart Creamery. She learned a lot about country family living, baking and her love for baseball. She was an avid Twins fan, watching the games in her OFFICIAL Twins jersey each week. She met Ken Breitsprecher when he was working on a road construction crew and staying at the Acorn Motel, which her sister owned in Minnesota City. Kenny persistently pursued Donna until she said yes, which that then began their life together. They were united in marriage at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hart, Minnesota on January 25, 1964. Their young family took to the road following Ken's job that took them all over the United States. They had 3 children together; Jennifer, Eric, and a daughter who died at birth. Eventually their family settled down back home in Rushford where Donna was very active in her church, St. Marks Lutheran Church. She was passionate about her faith, church and serving others as she did as a member of the St. Mark's Ladies Aid. Upon settling in Rushford, they built two homes together, which Donna designed. This was one of her greatest passions. She worked as a bank teller for Merchants Bank in Winona as well as the Heart and Home Gift Shop where she indulged in her loved of crafts. She was the Rushford School "lunch lady" and high school secretary. She enjoyed seeing all the students growing up through the years of her employment. She and Ken formed their own construction company, DAB Construction.
Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, she did crafts with them, attended as many school functions each of them would be involved with. Donna really enjoyed her time with her great-grandson, which was her "little-man'. She took as many grandchildren as she could on a special graduation trip with grandma. She was caring and compassionate to everyone and always made sure their needs were met before her own. She cared for Ken when he got sick and made sure he could stay in their home until his passing in 2015. Faith, church, her children and grandchildren were what she said kept her going each day. Her love for crafts showed through as she took great pride in her figurine garden and elaborately decorating the house and yard for each holiday. She made flower decorations for her home and her kids and grandkids. She also made all the bouquineres(so) and corsages for Brandon's wedding.
Donna is survived by her children, Jennifer (Eric) Scheck, Eric (Micki) Breitsprecher; grandchildren, Ethan (Kayleen) Scheck, Elliott (Jill) Scheck, Evan Scheck, Elijah Scheck, Brandon (Lindsey) Breitsprecher, Peyton Breitsprecher, Emma Breitsprecher; great- grandson, Easton and two on the way that she was really looking forward to meeting; siblings, Roger, Charles, John, Larry;many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband Kenny; infant daughter; brother, Vernon, sisters Vivian, Marcy, Grace; nephew, Mike Burri; niece, Deean Westby.
Pallbearers will be Ethan, Elliott, Evan, Elijah Scheck Peyton and Emma Breitsprecher. Honorary pallbearer; Brandon is an Ensign in the United States Navy as a Student Naval Aviator and is currently stationed at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2020 with visitation on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m., and also one hour prior to the service. All visitations and service will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Rushford. Burial will be held at St. John's Cemetery, Hart. In Lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Mark's Lutheran Church (104 E North st, Rushford, MN 55971.
WE want so much for this obituary to describe our mom, however, it just doesn't justify her love for her family, kids, grandchildren, church. Nothing seems to justify her being...a wonderful lady. She's will be missed by all.