Donna M. Hinnenkamp, age 72, of Meire Grove, passed away peacefully Jan. 8, 2021, at CentraCare Care Center in Melrose after a 10-year courageous battle with cancer.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Donna Marie Lahr was born Sept. 20, 1948, in Sartell, to Andrew and Clara (Lorenz) Lahr. She graduated from St. Cloud Cathedral High School and obtained her bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University. Donna was united in marriage to Wilfred Hinnenkamp (second marriage for each of them) Dec. 12, 1979, in Douglas County and shortly after moved to Melrose. In 1986, Donna and her family moved to Meire Grove, where she lived for the remainder of her life.

Donna was a social individual who was passionate about interacting with and helping others. Throughout her life she worked as a saleswoman at the Melrose Beacon and Gordon’s Jewelers, a caretaker for individuals with developmental disabilities, a plant worker at Melrose Dairy Proteins, and was a caring and supportive mom and grandmother (although she would never have called that a job). During her retirement and battle with cancer, she also worked as a cashier at Walmart because she missed the social interaction with colleagues and customers that accompanied her previous sales jobs.

Donna was a devout member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove. She enjoyed building relationships with others, music and dancing, traveling, gardening, walks outdoors and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Wilfred Hinnenkamp of Meire Grove; brother Vern Lahr of White Bear, Minnesota; sons Chad (Melissa) Rowe of Wyoming, Minnesota, and Jay Hinnenkamp of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; stepchildren Jeff, Gwen (Marson) Michels, Bruce (Debbie), Brian (Trina), Scott (Diane), Shannon, Mark and Wayne (Rowena); and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Victor and Dell and faithful companion Michiko.

Donna’s sense of humor, kindness and dedication to her family will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.