Donna M. Goerdt, 90, of Dyersville, died peacefully at home Thursday, Jan. 14, after a brief illness.
Friends called at the Basilica of St Francis Xavier in Dyersville from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, with Mass following at 1 p.m. Burial was in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.
Donna was born March 8, 1930, in rural Bankston, daughter of William and Sylvia (Schmitt) Pins. She grew up on the family farm with her five siblings: Clarence, LaVerne, Elaine, William and Marilyn. She was a graduate of St. Clement High School in Bankston.
Donna married Lloyd Goerdt, Sept. 17, 1953, at St. Clement Church. Together they farmed northwest of Dyersville for 15 years and moved to Dyersville in 1968. Lloyd preceded her in death, Jan. 10, 2000.
Donna was a great cook and homemaker and her “made from scratch” recipes were favorites with her husband and ten children. She had an extra special knack with cinnamon rolls and they did not last long once removed from the oven. Nothing pleased Donna more than having her entire family home for special events. She especially looked forward to the annual Fourth of July affair at the Lloyd’s Garage Party, hosted by son, Billy and his talented friends, who provided music for a festive gathering. Donna was a long-time member of the Dyersville Legion Post 137 Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary in New Vienna.
Surviving are nine sons and a daughter: Dick (Janie) Goerdt of Mason City, Ron (Bev) Goerdt of Peosta, Randy (Sandy) Goerdt of Algonquin, Ill., Mike Goerdt of Dyersville, Sandi (Bill) Maiers of Cedar Falls, Billy Goerdt (Kira Holt) of Wimberley, Tex., Kevin (Annette) Goerdt of Dyersville, Jim (Shanan) Goerdt of Pittsburgh, Penn., Tom (Peggy) Goerdt of Asbury and Rob (Lori) Goerdt of Cedar Rapids; sister, Marilyn (Bill) Beyer; in-laws, Aileen Pins and Fred Goedken. Donna also has 20 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; parents, William and Sylvia; brothers: Clarence Pins, William Pins and LaVerne Pins; sister, Elaine Goedken; and sisters-in-law, Catherine Pins and Marcille Pins.
The family wants to thank Cookie Scherrman, Dr. Thomas Miner and Hospice of Dubuque, for their thoughtful assistance during our time of need.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com. Cards and memorials may be sent to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040-1816.