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Donna Jean Erickson

June 1, 1928 December 8, 2006
Donna Jean Erickson
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Obituary for Donna Jean Erickson

Donna Jean Erickson, 78, of Vinton, Iowa, died Friday, December 8, 2006, at her home in Vinton following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at the First Christian Church in Vinton with Pastors Jerry Thordsen and Dennis Sackett officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 PM Monday, December 11, at Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and also one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.
Donna was born June 1, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Jay P. and Edith Helena Hodson Smetzer. She graduated from high school in Vinton in 1946.
Donna married Kenneth Duane Erickson on December 10, 1948, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She worked as a homemaker.
She had been a Vinton resident for 41 years. She was a member of First Christian Church in Vinton.
Donna’s hobbies were shopping and watching games shows and the food channel. She also enjoyed visiting the Amish in Hazelton to buy fresh baked goods. Her family’s fondest memory is of her ever-present smile.
Donna is survived by her husband of 57 years, Kenneth D. Erickson of Vinton; two daughters: Janet Goodell and her husband Dave and Diana Tharp, all of Vinton; one sister, Betty Temeyer and her husband Ray of Independence; one granddaughter, Kelly Williams and her husband Luke of Vinton; one grandson, Chad Tharp of Vinton; and five great-grandchildren: Joy Whitson and Lewis, Carly, Ryan and Spencer Williams.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Richard D. Smetzer; and one son-in-law, Roger Long.
A memorial has been established.

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