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Dona Mae Engelbrecht, age 82, of St. James died at her home on Friday, November 24, 2017. Memorial services will be 2pm, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in St. James with Rev. Leah Elrod officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00pm Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James at a later date. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Dona Mae Nelson was born on a farm East of St. James on July 2, 1935, the daughter of Walter and Florence (Johnson) Nelson. Dona grew up in the Grogan area, she graduated from St. James High School in 1953. On July 18, 1953, she was united in marriage to Melvin Engelbrecht. The couple made their home on the farm of Melvin's parents near South Branch until 1974 when they moved into St. James. Dona worked at Tony Downs Foods for 49 years she was a supervisor and worked in quality control. Dona enjoyed her time off either working around the home or involved in church activities. Each summer, she and Melvin enjoyed pulling their trailer and attending Bible Camp at Gray Cloud Island near Cottage Grove. The also looked forwards to their trips to Ohio to visit Connie, her family and other relatives. Dona loved to shop and go to garage sales. Whatever she found this year at a garage sale may show up next year on one of her many garage sales. Dona loved her Church, she was an active member of the World of Pentecost Church in St. James where she had taught Bible School and active in ladies circles.
Dona Mae is survived by her husband Melvin of St. James, children; Connie (Greg) Bixby of Ohio, Scott (Joyce) Engelbrecht of St. James, Lisa (Lowell) Petty of Rochester, 5 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, sister Violet Niemeier of Madelia and a brother Wallace Nelson of Madelia, a sister-in-law Lois (Bud) Thompson of St. James. She is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Caroline, brothers and sisters in law; Howard Niemeier, Mary Nelson, Arnold and Elaine Coleman.
Published on December 10, 2017
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