Donna Bielen, age 94 of Springfield, died on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.
Donna Bielen, age 94 of Springfield, died on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield. Visitation will be on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel and will continue on Saturday from 9 until 10 a.m. at the St. Raphael's Catholic Church, Springfield. There will be a Parish Prayer Service at 5:45 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday. Service will be held at the St. Raphael's Catholic Church, Springfield on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the Springfield City Cemetery.
The clergy will be Father Phil Schotzko. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Donna M. Bielen was born November 12, 1919 in Sleepy Eye, to Robert and Margaret (Armstrong) Patterson. She was united in marriage to Ervin Bielen on May 8, 1941 in Sleepy Eye. After their marriage the couple moved to Springfield where Donna worked at Swanson's Studio, Tots to Teens, Adolphson's Dress Shop and Adolphson's Jewelry Store throughout the years. She was an active member of several volunteer organizations and served as president of the American Legion Auxiliary and American Legion Past Presidents. Donna also served on the board of St. John Lutheran Home and spent many hours volunteering at St. John Lutheran Home. She was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church, CCW, and enjoyed playing cards, cooking and being with her family.
Donna is survived by children, Suzanne Carr of New Ulm, and Diane (Bruce Bahneman) Bielen of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Kelli (Larry) Glaubitz of Mankato, David (Kelly) Carr of St. Peter, and Justin Westad of Chicago, Ill.; step-grandchildren, Chad (Bridget) Bahneman, and Rob (Molly) Bahneman of St. Louis Park; great-grandchildren, Chelsie (Mike) Gabiou, Aaron Glaubitz, Alex Glaubitz, Nathan Glaubitz, and Andrew (Libby) Carr; step-great-grandchildren, Annie, Liam, Tommy, Iris, and Jackson Bahneman; sister Annice Frovick of Pocatello, Utah; sisters-in-law, Marrion Bielen, Avona Bielen, and Mary Jean Patterson; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ervin in 1993; brothers, Harold, Kenneth, Bruce, and Bob Patterson; and sisters, Gladys Anderson, Mae Schroeder and Lucille Schroeder.