Date: Tuesday February 28, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]
Monday, February 2, 1953
Date of Death:
Thursday, February 23, 2012
59 years old
A visitation for LaDonna Fallon will be from 5:00PM – 8:00PM on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester.
LaDonna Rae Fallon, 59, of Waterville, Minnesota died on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at her home.
She was born on February 2, 1953 in Rochester to Sam and Maude (Goff) Rueb. She graduated from Mayo High School and later attended Rochester Vocational School. She worked at the Rochester State Hospital for nine years, and after it closed, continued to work at the same place for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where she retired after 20 years.
LaDonna married Jim Fallon in Las Vegas in April of 1990. She and Jim built their retirement home on the lake front in Waterville, moving there in 2008.
LaDonna received an award for her avid volunteerism from the city of Waterville, where she was instrumental in the beautification of the downtown areas and parks where she painted and planted flowers and plants.
She enjoyed cake decorating, jet skiing, motorcycle riding, flowers and landscaping. She especially enjoyed drinking different teas, visiting bed and breakfasts and wineries.
LaDonna is survived by her husband, Jim; two daughters, Shauna Lynn Rasmussen of Rochester and Heather Ann Rasmussen of Phoenix AZ; one son, Tyler James Fallon of Waterville; one grandchild, Elizabeth Jo Fallon; two sisters, Patricia (David) Campbell of Plymouth, MN and Mary Mitchell of Connecticut and one brother, Jim Erickson of Wisconsin.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, a brother, George Rueb and a nephew, Derek Campbell.
Macken Funeral Home in Rochester and Prosch-Dennis Funeral Home in Waterville, MN are in charge of arrangements.
On-line condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.
The family of LaDonna Fallon has received the following condolences.
Dear Fallon Family,
So sorry to here about your loss. I really enjoyed laDonna during our hockey times with Tyler and Danny playing on the same team. She was a great lady fun to be around. Our deepest sympathy.
What an honor and pleasure it was to work with LaDonna for so many years at the Federal Medical Center. As many have said I also reflect on her beautiful smile, her caring for all and her kindness. Her life has touched the hearts of many. I will always remember her - my prayers are with Jim and the entire family at this time.
We both worked with LaDona and have many great memories of such a wonderful woman. Her smile and thoughtfullness will always be remembered.
There never seems to be enough time for those who have so much to give. I enjoyed our day that we spent going over our family tree information. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark and Ann Nibbe
Jim and family please know your hearts are in my thoughts and prayers. Ladonna was a great woman. Awesome cook, funny and kind. She made my daughters graduation cake, even though I don't think she wanted tooo...I never heard a bad thing come from her and she was always doing something new. Please take care during this difficult time.
Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Never had a chance to meet your mother, but from what you told me about the trips you, your sister and mother took together, what a delightful lady she was. You and your sister were so fortunate to have such a great and fun relationship with her. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care Shauna.
LaDonna entered my life about 40 years ago when we were teenagers. We had many good times together and then I got to know her sister Patty when I married their neighbor Mike Kerrigan, 1978. I am so sorry for your loss and all of you will be in my prayers. LaDonna was one of the most giving, creative, and loving person I have every know. I will never forget her.
My sister will always be with me and in my heart. I will always love her and miss her and I am so sad she is gone , but relieved that her hard pain and suffering is over. I think of her and smile when I reflect on her and our times together. She had a way of being so excited about life and trying all kinds of new things. She would want us to be excited too and we would be. She would make a fun time out of anything we would do and introduce us to new places to travel. One of my favorite places was at the lake and we would lay by the lake and talk and look at the beautiful blue sky and puffy clouds or go on the jet skis--She was the fastest on the lake. I think I was the slowest. Many times spent having dinners at the lake and LaDonna introducing us to a new restaurant. Lots of fun girl times at the wineries and Bed and Breakfasts. Mackinaw Island and Galena were new experiences for me but LaDon found these wonderful gems for our families to vacation at. Many things to thank my sister for in life--I was a lucky to have her for a sister. She had many roles in life but her favorite one was being "MOM". LaDonna was a great sister and I feel like she will be with me for the rest of my life. All I have to do is talk to her and she will be with me in spirit. She was quite a girl!! Love her forever
I met LaDonna during her stays at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. After our first conversation I drove through Waterville just to see the park benches. Even during her suffering she was a kind and caring person. Blessings to all her family and friends at this time of loss.
February 16 2003 I met LaDonna for the first time. From day one I saw she was a wonderful person. Then soon I saw she was a wonderful sister. As time went by I saw how she reached your hand out to friends, family and community. She seamed brighten everyone's life and make everything a little bit better. I cant express how much she will be missed.
My thoughts goes out to your friends and family .
Sending deepest sympathy to LaDonna's family. I got to meet LaDonna when I lived in Rochester through my sister-in-law Chris. She always treated me very nice and with respect. I remember one time when Chris and I spent the night for something, she made me and Chris beef stew, it was delicious! The last time I saw her was 2005 before she got sick, she and Chris held a bridal shower for my daughter down there, and as usual she was an outstanding hostess. LaDonna you will be missed by many, and I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. It was truely a pleasure to have know you, and am very saddened by your passing.
Jim and family,
I am thinking about you all at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. LaDonna was a great person. I always remember her having a smile on her face! I remember the good times we had at work and how we used to LAUGH! She was so proud of her family. Jim, she was a real gem. Hold all the memories close she will never be forgotten.
I was very saddened to hear of LaDonna's passing. I worked with both LaDonna and Jim at The Federal Medical Center back in the late 80's and early 90's and renewed her acquaintance when her son and my son were in Boy Scouts together. She was always a very kind and smiling person. In fact, I was just thinking about her the other day and wondering what she had done after retirement from FMC. Sounds like she found a great life in Waterville. My heart goes out to Jim, Tyler, and the rest of the family.
Mommy, you don't know how much I will miss you. Even though I lived in Arizona the past seven years, I've never felt very far from you with our multiple visits throughout the year. My commute from work to home is 30 minutes, and I have you on speed dial to call you EVERYDAY to chat during that time. I would tell you about what was going on at my work and such, and you would usually talk about the animals you could see in your backyard. We talked so often that sometimes I would call, and you would say "well there's nothing new", so we would say, "OK, I love you. Ill talk to you tomorrow" I get off work now and reach for my phone to call you.
This last week was so hard watching you suffer so much. Shauna, Tyler, Elisabeth, Dad, Jim, Chris, Teresa, Pat, Dee, Barb, and myself (forgive me if I'm forgetting someone) were so adamant about being with you towards the end. We were heartbroken seeing you in so much pain, but wanted to know we were there for you.
Although your suffering towards the end was so heart wrenching, I would like us all to replace those images with the great things in your life.
I am so sad that you left us so young. I now feel like a huge part of my heart/life is missing. When I get married and have a family, I will be so sad that you are not there. When I come across a question or need advice, I will be so sad.
But I will always remember being little kids and going to Disney World. I will remember riding on the jet skis, the back of your Harley, you teaching me how to frost cakes. I will also remember the spats we had when I was a difficult teenager followed by a hug and kiss and an "I love you"
I will remember the way you smelled of amber lotion and charley perfume. I will remember that you were always the one your friends called when they needed help, and you always had a solution.
You were so strong!
Barb looked at me last week and said "wow, you remind me so much of your mom"
MOM! This is the best compliment I could ever get. To be compared to you. You were such a beautiful, strong lady!
A few things to remember you: Clouds of aqua net hairspray, plastic bag to cover your perfectly curled hair in case of rain, your Harley, the fact that you could shoot a gun and hit your target at any distance, etc.
I love you mom! You will live on through Shauna, myself, Tyler, and Elisabeth... and be remembered and mourned by so many.
Just think you are in peace and with no pain. You are the strongest person I have ever known and loved. You fought very hard to be with us for over two and a half years. There is one who will miss your love mostly "Elisabeth" You struggled at the very end to be with her because of your love for her. You always gave everyone your love from the old to young (Elisabeth) Elisabeth will always love and remember grandma. Please look down on us and protect us as you have done always. I will always miss and love you. I know some day will we be with each other and start over our retirement from now and to enteritity. I will love you always. Jim
What a courageous battle she fought. She is an inspiration and will be missed by many. Always a smile! God bless LaDonna and her family.
LaDonna was way to young to leave us. She fought so hard to stay with us and cmplete her beautification efforts of the parks and downtown Waterville. We will continue her dream and think of her with every flower we plant. Jim, Tyler, Shauna and Heather, we are thinking of you and offer you comfort as you put LaDonna to rest in peace. She will always be with us in spirit.
I loved working with LaDonna at FMC. She was a great person and will truely be missed by all. My heart goes out to her family and friends.
LaDonna was a lovely person and will be missed. May your memories confort you.
Our deepest sympathy.
Matt & Charlene Scheffler.
my prayers to pat and dave
I worked with LaDonna at FMC in Rochester, MN. She was a great role model and someone you could always count on to assist no matter the request. May God Bless each of you.
My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family. There was never a day that went by that LaDonna wasn't smiling and always refreshing to be around.