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Donna Reinke

November 3, 1941 — April 29, 2011

Donna was born on November 3rd, 1941 in rural Truman, MN to Donald and Ione (Kahler) Gray. In 1959 Donna graduated from Truman High School. Soon after, she was married to Jerry Reinke, her high school sweetheart. The couple moved several times while Jerry served in the Army. In 1962 they settled in Rochester, MN and later in Sioux Falls, SD. Donna worked for several businesses in the Sioux Falls area including Sioux Valley Hospital, Stretch N Sew Fabric and Nyberg Ace Hardware. In 1995 she transferred to Bloomington, MN while employed with LDDS. Donna was very active and led a normal life until 2000 when complications from spinal surgery developed into renal failure, prompting the move to Fairmont, MN. These issues became more severe as time went on. In 2004 Donna received a donor kidney which relieved her from the need for dialysis for the following four years. Donna always seemed to find strength where others would have given up. Her wonderful spirit and positive attitude will certainly live on in all who were blessed to be a part of her life. During her time with us Donna was very active in the Church, Welcome Wagon and the PTA. Donna enjoyed traveling, sewing, playing cards and socializing. Donna died Friday, April 29th, 2011 at ISJ Medical Center in Mankato. She is survived by her husband Jerry; three children: Laurie Rich and her husband Kevin of Sioux Falls, SD, Jeffrey Reinke and his special friend Lisa Baxter of Canton, SD, Jill Burmeister and her husband Jay of Fairmont, MN; six grandchildren: Keith Rich, Sarah Rich, Josh Reinke, Kolby Reinke, Kelsey Hamill, Christian Burmeister and one great-grandchild Jacob Reinke; her mother Ione Gray of Truman, MN; brothers: Dennis Gray of Boulder, CO, Dean Gray of Sioux Falls, SD, Doug Gray and his wife Cyndia of Garden City, KS and sister DeEtt Dittman and her husband Wes of Custer, SD; and many other nieces, nephews and good friends. She was preceded in death by her father Donald Gray; In-laws Walter and Amanda Reinke and brother-in-law Alfred Reinke. The family requests that memorials be directed to the donor's choice.
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