Donna Lue Byer
Thursday, May 21, 1931
Date of Death:
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
88 years old
Donna Lue Byer
Donna Lue Byer, age 88, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2019 at The Homestead of Rochester.
Donna Lue Curley was born on May 21, 1931 in Henry, SD to Joseph and Ella (Hurley) Curley. She attended country school until 7th grade and graduated from Henry High School. She completed a year of Secretarial School and on May 11, 1957 she married Kenneth J. Byer in Henry, SD. She followed her husband’s IBM career and lived in various places before settling in Rochester in 1962. Donna did home daycare for many years and maintained a close relationship with many of her daycare families to this day. She was active in the local American Legion and was proud to be a Charter Member of Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester. Her and Ken were avid MN Vikings fans and yearly season ticket holders. She also enjoyed many hobbies, including crafts, ceramics, sewing, woodworking, and especially being with her grand and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children Dan (Kathy) of Fountain, MN, Kathy Melloon of Rochester, Mark (Karen) of Rochester, Vickie (Terry) Carter of Oronoco, Greg (Jill) of Lakeville, MN, a son-in-law Ed Brereton of Rochester, two sisters Marg Byer of Florence, SD, Lois Junso of Billings, MT, and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Dale, her daughter Sue, her grandson Kris Zweifel and her great-granddaughter Kylie Byer.
The Funeral Mass for Donna will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00AM at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester with Father Thế Hoàng officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.
Memorials are preferred to the Sue Brereton Memorial Scholarship Fund through the American Legion Auxiliary.
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Our thoughts are with you during this tough time, she was a wonderful lady ,
sincerely Wade and Karen
Hi Family, I am sorry for your loss of your precious mother, Donna. I send my love and comfort. Having broken my leg yesterday, I am housebound and will be unable to come to your services. Please be taking especially good care of yourselves during this transition. You and your family are part of my permanent good memories from 17th Ave.
With shared love,
Jerry Lee Porter
So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. She was truly an amazing woman, mother, and grandmother of a wonderful family.
I am sorry to hear about Donna's passing. She was a lovely woman and so kind-hearted. I have such wonderful childhood memories of her and your family. I remember her gardens and canning...she and my mom canned everything! The parties with the Byers, Plantons and Haggerty's with the women wearing long dresses and their hair standing 15 feet tall! So many wonderful memories that will stay with me forever. 💕
Sending all of you prayers of comfort and healing.