Donna Marie Kania-Lachance
Friday, October 16, 1964
Date of Death:
Saturday, July 10, 2021
56 years old
Donna Marie Kania-Lachance
Donna Marie Kania-Lachance, 56, of Rochester, MN, died Saturday July 10, 2021 at her home after a long illness.
Donna was born October 16, 1964 in Milwaukee, WI to Dennis A. and Marie (Young) Kania. She attended Catholic schools in Milwaukee and was a 1986 graduate of Alverno College with a degree in nursing. She then followed her passion in nursing in Milwaukee with highlights being her work in pediatric bone marrow transplant. In 1994, she graduated from University of Wisconsin Madison with a Masters in Nursing and began her career as a nurse practitioner in southwest Wisconsin where she was loved and respected. In 2000, her career path moved to Rochester, MN and to the Department of Cardiology at Mayo Clinic where she was a loved and respected member of that team, until 2016 when her illness ended her career that was so important to her.
In 2003, Donna married Daniel H Lachance MD of Rochester, MN. In 2007, they welcomed Nicholas (Nick) D. Kania-Lachance and in 2012 Katherine (Katie) O. Kania-Lachance. Her family was her pride and joy.
Donna had a quick wit and was joy in the company of her friends. She liked fishing as a child and had a passion for pottery in her last years. She loved her dogs and cats, particularly Winston, Coco, and Kooper. She trained Winston as a therapy dog and volunteered with him at Seasons Hospice of Rochester.
She is survived by Daniel, Nick, and Katie, her brother, William, and her mother, Marie, both of Milwaukee, WI.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dennis, and babies, Grace and Anthony Kania-Lachance.
A memorial celebration of Donna’s life will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church in Rochester, MN at 11:00 AM on Saturday July 31, 2021 officiated by Rev. Beth Royalty. There will be an opportunity to greet her family beginning at 9:30 AM at the church. A luncheon will follow at the Hilton downtown 3rd floor, Dr. Noseworthy Ballroom, 10 E Center Street, Rochester, MN 55904 . Her ashes will be interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester with her babies, and at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Milwaukee with the Kania family.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Brains Together For a Cure (brainstogetherforacure.org) or Humor To Fight The Tumor (humortofightthetumor.org) or the Mayo Clinic Neuro-Oncology Program.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com
The family of Donna Marie Kania-Lachance has received the following condolences.
Donna was a wonderful caregiver and kind to all she came in contact with. I had many encounters with her in my years at Mayo, and know she will be missed by many. My condolences to the family and her family of friends. May she be at peace with her Savior.
Lovely lady and mom. We were friends while I worked at her house . I enjoyed seeing and visiting with her very much. I was looking forward to many more. She was a wonderful woman of faith. I so look forward to seeing her again in heaven. She will truly be missed here. The crew and I came to love .her. we especially enjoyed creating her craft room according to Dr Dan's drawings-we saw as a love gift to her. To all of us her death seems untimely. So we will have to wait for our home going t o see her again! We love you Donna!!
Donna and I used to call each other “sneaky” and joked all the time when we used to work together in cardiology hospital service. She was one of my favorite people to work with. We spoke several times during her illness and I couldn’t say goodbye. Just found out you died sneaky…I am so sad. I am so sorry. But at the same time I know you suffered a lot and you are resting in peace now. I’ll miss you much.
I am so sorry to hear of this sad news of dear Donna’s passing. My sincere condolences to her family. I worked with Donna years ago at SFH ICU. She was a joy, such a treasure. A quick wit, smart as a whip, always ready to help, warm and friendly. I recall good private chats, and lots of laughter as she kept us all smiling. May God comfort you all with the knowledge that she is with her Maker, healed and whole again, and you will reunite again someday. Rest In Peace, dear friend.
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of beautiful Donna. She was an extraordinary woman. Holding you in prayer.
I am so sorry for Donna. What a loss for you and your family. She was a very good friend to me when I succeeded her as the CCA liaison for the Minnesota ACC chapter. she helped through it all, sharing her experience with me.
please accept all my sympathy.
Dear Dan, Nick & Katie
We are saddened to hear of Donna's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Know that today she looks down on you all with a smile on her face knowing that she was loved and that she loved so much in return.
I am so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I met her thru Autumn Ridge Church Stephen Ministry. She was a very kind, caring person. Prayers being sent to you and your children.
So sorry for your loss. You and family are in my thoughts and prayers
Denise and Michael
Alex and I are thinking of you and the children. Our condolences for your lost.
Now it is one day at a time. God will hold you up.
Barbara and Alex
Sorry to hear of Her passing. We shall pray for Her and your family during this time of Sadness. God be with you and your family.
Uncle Hank & Aunt Diane
Dear Danny and family
“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.” —Leo Buscaglia
You are all in my heart and prayers.
All our love,
Alan & Ellen (Lachance) Andreason
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you a big hug - until I can see you again in person. Know that if you need anything, Adam and I are here for you. Just ask.
I am so sorry Danny 4 u & ur wife's lost. It's loosing a love one especially when it's someone u hold dear 2 ur heart. Thoughts & prayers r w u all.
Dr. Lachance and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. She was a very sweet lady. My heartaches for you all.
May all your good memories help you through this difficult time.
Hugs and prayers,