Donna Mae Risler

Born: Tue., Jun. 19, 1934
Died: Wed., Dec. 26, 2012


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 29, 2012
Location: Bethel Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Dec. 29, 2012
Location: Bethel Lutheran Church

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Funeral services for Donna Mae Risler will be held 1 PM Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Bethel Lutheran Church with visitation one hour prior to services at the church.  Burial will follow at the St. Paul’s Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery in Preston, MN.  Donna passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Sunrise Cottages where she had resided the past four months. Donna Mae Boyer was born on June 19, 1934 in Preston, MN to Howard & Marie (Gjerness) Boyer.  She was a graduate of Lanesboro High School in 1952.  After school she worked at Zumbro Cafeteria, Schwann's Ice Cream, Ward's and was a waitress at Wong's Restaurant.  On July 21, 1956 she married Harold J. Risler in Decorah, IA. During their marriage they lived in Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wis where Donna worked as a secretary at a Finance Company and as a church secretary.  They returned to Rochester in 1990. Her husband, Harold, preceded her in death December 5, 1998.   She enjoyed knitting, crafts, flowers, working crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family and friends.  Donna is survived by her daughter: Diane Risler of Rochester, two grandchildren: Joe Praski and Marisia (Mike) Young, and one great grandson, Eli Young.  Also surviving are two stepchildren: Joyce Colby and Joe Risler both of Osseo, WI and a special adoptive son, Zbigniew Polikowski of Racine, WI; two brothers: Phillip Boyer (Bonnie Finley) of Rochester and Willis Boyer (Marilyn) of Winona, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Donna will be remembered for her sense of humor, loyal friendship, and especially, for her warm and loving spirit..

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Bambi & Becca
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
Marisia, Mike, Eli, and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Donna was a very nice lady that I had the pleasure of meeting a few times. My heart goes out to you and please let me know if there is anything I can do. Hugs to you all!

   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
Diane and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I just lost my mom in Oct. So I have some feeling of what your going though. Your mom was a wonderful woman, so kind, loving and the way she could make you laugh. I am here for you if you need me.
I know you have been though this before and words can't take away the pain. Just remember god has a reason for all things, we will never know those reason's until we return home. But now you can rest knowing that your mom is with your dad and they are both watching over you.
Please Diane if you need to talk or just sit and not talk I can do both.
When my mom left this world so many people had words of kindness to share, yet all I wanted was someone to be there, but not say a word. I can do that.
Call me if you want 507-721-0870
Thinking of you and your family, saying a prayer for your mom.

Rod and Dianne Patten
   Posted Sat December 29, 2012
Our sincere sympathy!

Lori Lehman (Phoenix, AZ/ie-Milwaukee, WI)
   Posted Sat December 29, 2012
So wish I could be there!!!!!! I am soooo sorry for your loss to the whole family, Diane (please call me when you feel like talking 602-670-2012), Marisia, Joey, Joe and Ziggy and other family members who adored and Loved your Mom! Yes, me also, dubbed as her second Daughter in many letters that were exchanged over the years!
Remembering all the many letters she wrote me until she could not write any longer due to her arthritis in her hands! Wish I could have spent more time with her over the last several years, her laugh (will never forget it), just her ways that made you laugh whenever you were around her!
My spirit is there with you all today, especially you Diane, since we have been friends for many years!! May the Angels be with you in this difficult time to guide you in Peace and understanding! Your Mom is reunited with your Dad in Heaven!!
Love you all.....Rest in Peace Mom, Love you!! Your second Daughter....Lori

S Ford
   Posted Mon December 31, 2012
I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to you. Please know you are not alone. Our Heavenly Father feels your pain. Psalms 34:18 assures us that He is near to those ‘broken at heart and crushed in spirit’. He holds out a promise that in the very near future He will wipe out all tears of sorrow and pain from our eyes and death will be no more. (Revelation 21:3-5) He also promises to remember all those in the memorial tombs (graves) and restore them to life. (John 5:28,29) Until those words are fulfilled, may you find much peace and comfort in God and in His promises found in the Holy Scriptures.

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