A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 11, at Sacred Heart Church in Monticello, followed by a lunch at Camp Courageous, 12007 190th St. in Monticello. The burial will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Coggon, IA at 2:30 p.m.
Donna was born on a farm near Central City, Iowa to Paul and Henrietta (Bergfeld) Kremer on Dec. 23, 1932. She went to Coggon High School and participated in the 1950 Iowa Girls Basketball State Championship with her Coggon Rockets teammates. She graduated valedictorian of her class in 1951. Donna earned an Education Degree from Mount Mercy College. A devout catholic, Donna also had a degree in Parish Ministry.
She married Joseph C. Ironside, her high school sweetheart, on June 10, 1954. The two were married for 67 years. She raised 8 children and was a grandmother to 11 grandchildren. Donna was a talented baker, noted for her fruit pies and dinner rolls. Her famous potato buns continue to be made in the extended generations of her family.
An avid reader, she read several books per week. She enjoyed sewing, ceramics, gardening, hiking and spending time out in nature. She was an avid traveler, visiting all 50 states and 17 different countries along with hosting overseas guests with the Friendship Force organization.
After raising a family, Donna obtained a real estate license and sold real estate in and around Monticello. After retirement she wintered at Winter Ranch Alamo, Texas. Donna was easy to approach, quick to joke and loved to talk. She will be greatly missed.
Donna is survived by her husband Joseph, 6 children; siblings, Stephen P. Ironside, Mary Jo Ironside-Ross (Joe), Christopher E. Ironside (Ann), Matthew J. Ironside (Megumi), Theresa M. Ironside (fiance Chris Street) and Jonathan P. Ironside (Anna); and 11 grandchildren: Daniel Ironside (Abigail), Bridget Ironside, Emily Ross (Robert), Jessica Ross, Benjamin Ross, Acadia Floyd (fiance Max Riley), the twins, Emma and Charles Floyd, Henry Ironside, William Ironside, and Lucy Ironside. Donna was preceded in death by two children; Kathyrn Ironside and J. Michael Ironside (Julie Steffen). She is survived by a sister, Shirley Reeves and a brother, Lawrence Kremer (Carol). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic School or Camp Courageous both in Monticello, IA.
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