Donna Baker

Donna Marie B. Baker, 70, of Holstein, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. 

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at United Methodist Church of Holstein with Rev. Doresa K. Collogan officiating. Burial was at Morgan Township Cemetery of Schleswig. Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein was in charge of the arrangements.

Donna Marie B. Baker was born Dec. 30, 1946 to Ella C. (Wellendorf) and Earl A. Schelldorf. She graduated from Schleswig High School.

Donna Marie was united in marriage to Thomas Ervel Baker on Nov. 4, 1973.  To this union one daughter, Ann was born on May 21, 1977. They were members of United Methodist Church of Holstein.

Donna Marie worked with her mother at the café her family owned in Schleswig, then worked at Dan’s Den and Blue Eagle in Holstein. She owned and operated Schnapps Haus from 1975-1980. Donna Marie also worked as a bookkeeper in Ida Grove and most recently retired as “Taxi Donna” from the city of Holstein, where she drove many people in need including providing a safe way for the young children of town to travel to and from preschool.  She was very proud of her town and community. 

In her younger years, Donna Marie was an avid bowler and enjoyed dancing, hunting and fishing with her husband. The couple also enjoyed going to card club. She loved her family and was very active in her grandchildren’s lives.

She is survived by her daughter, Ann Baker of Marathon; grandchildren, Angelica Baker (Dylan Larsen) of Holstein and Neva, Gabriella and Karnita Villarreal of Marathon. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Donna (James) Lewallen of Cherokee and Diane Baker of Yankton, S.D.; nephews: James Lewallen, Justin (Ann) Nelson, Jarod Nelson; and nieces, Jennifer (Jeff) Rohlwing, Christin Nelson and Emily Nelson and many great-nieces and nephews.

Donna Marie was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents and husband, Thomas Baker.