Donald John Lanners

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, December 20, 1935
Date of Death:
Monday, May 31, 2021
Age:
85 years old

Visitation

Date: Monday June 07, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Tuesday June 08, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: St. Pius X Catholic Church [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Tuesday June 08, 2021
Time: 11:00 am

Location: St. Pius X Catholic Church [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, December 20, 1935
Date of Death:
Monday, May 31, 2021
Age:
85 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, December 20, 1935
Date of Death:
Monday, May 31, 2021
Age:
85 years old

Donald John Lanners

Donald John Lanners, 85, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at Seasons Hospice House on May 31, 2021 after battling ALS.

He was born on December 20, 1935 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Frances (Loschko) Lanners.

Don married Dolores Schemenauer on June 1, 1957, in Chippewa Falls.

He was on active duty in the Air Force from 1954 to 1958, serving as a Radar Repairman at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts.  Don worked full time and went to school part time while starting his family and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  He then worked for IBM in Endicott NY and in 1968 was transferred to the Rochester MN plant.  He retired from IBM in Rochester with 30 years of service in 1995.

In his younger days, Don was a Boy Scout Leader for the troop his two sons were active in, and enjoyed canoeing, camping, and fishing trips.  He also enjoyed gardening and in his later years watching the stock market.   He was a member of Kiwanis, did volunteer work for organizations like Channel One, and provided Catholic service and communion at Shorewood in Rochester.  He cherished spending time with family and occasional trips with his kids.

Don is survived by two sons, Dale (Anne) Lanners, of Bridgeport MI, and Dan (Kris) Lanners, of Schenectady NY; and three daughters, Diana Lanners (Teresa Staub) of Mazeppa MN, Deb Andersen of Cologne MN, and Darlene (Greg) Lauinger, of Rochester MN.  He was blessed with three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Parker, and Riley Andersen; and two step grandchildren, Angela Hughes and Zach Lauinger.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores; infant daughter, Catherine; twin sister, Dorothy Bowe of Chippewa Falls; and older brother, Gerald Lanners, also of Chippewa Falls.

We sincerely thank all his caregivers at The Waters on Mayowood and Seasons Hospice whose skills and compassion were invaluable at lifting his spirits and easing his suffering.  The Minneapolis VA, ALS Foundation, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America were phenomenal at providing help and assistance, especially for equipment and daily living needs for people living with ALS.  We are truly blessed to have them!

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester with Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating.

Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral home and one hour prior to the Mass on June 8, 2021 at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Interment will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the ALS Foundation or Seasons Hospice of Rochester.

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The family of Donald John Lanners has received the following condolences.

My deepest condolences and sympathy to the Lanners’s family and friends. I only know Donald through his daughter in law Kris, my friend and colleague and his wonderful son, Dan. A loving and dedicated husband and father, Don was a wonderful man who will be deeply missed by the many whose lives were lives were enriched by him. May he Rest In Peace with his dearly beloved wife Dolores. 
Nancy Farrell 

Through our family connections I was informed about Donalds passing


 


 


Through our family members I was informed of Donald's passing. We would like to extend our sympathy to the family members.  I was the son of edward john lanners, brother to Raymond, my uncle.  Tho Donald was 7 years older than myself I had many positive experiences with don's dad and mother.  I recall many a card game either at my dad's house or uncle romans and aunt francis house and i would nap on there bed until the cards were over.  It's been a long time since we had a visit with donald, but I remember him well...."he will not be forgotten"!!


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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It was an honor and privilege to have met and helped care for Don. He was a very kind man and I will miss seeing that wonderful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Though he will be deeply missed it is a comfort to know he suffers no more. ALS is a very cruel disease. Don endured it with dignity and grace.


 
Heather Michel

So sorry for your loss, Diana! My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. 


Yunhong Shu

My prayers are with you and your family. May your memories get you through this difficult time.

Thinking of you, and your entire family, Deb. It's so hard to lose a parent. Wishing you all peace and happiness as you look at the good memories with him.  

Don was the nicest man and Im honored to have known him and his family.