Phyllis E. Donat

Phyllis Elizabeth Donat, 86, of Randalia, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013, at Union United Methodist Church in rural Sumner, IA, with the Rev Jason Princer officiating. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner andfor one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.  

Phyllis Donat was born in rural Fredericksburg, Iowa, on June 20, 1926, to Carl and Lula (Messerer) Hof. She was baptized by Pastor H. C. Schluter on January 23, 1927. She attended Randalia High School where she graduated as Valedictorian in 1944. Following high school, she worked as a book-keeper at Rath in Waterloo. She met Stanley Ray Donat and was married at Union Church on July 14, 1946, after a brief six-week courtship. Stanley and Phyllis were blessed with five children, Janice, James, Ray, Ann, and Patricia. Throughout her marriage, she was a farm wife, active gardener, and a dedicated member in her church, serving in a leadership role in the local and district United Methodist Women. She also was a frequent volunteer in her community and a generous friend and neighbor. She took great pride in caring for her family.

Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of nearly sixty-seven years, Stanley; her children, Janice (Steve) Vorthmann of Sumner, James (Darise) Donat of Maynard, Pastor Ann Donat of Douds, and Dr. Patricia (Gil Katzenstein) Donat of Dahlonega, GA; daughter-in-law, Connie Donat Nuss of Sumner; fourteen grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and sisters, Evelyn Keel, Jeannette Reusch, and Donna Jacobi.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Ray, who died in 2006; sisters, Lillian and Carol, brother, Carl, two infant siblings; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth.


Robin Niles on May 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM said:

It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Phyllis. She was a special person in my life and I will always cherish the memories I have of her and the family. I regret that I cannot be there to celebrate her life and share in the memories that made her so special. She will always hold a special place in my heart, as will all of you. Thinking of all of you at this time of great loss.
Dianne Scott Strickler on May 12, 2013 at 6:33 AM said:

To All the Donats,
My thoughts go out to you. I know she will be missed by you all and that she was special to you and many others. May the memories you all share bring special comfort at this time and the days to come.
Jon and Debbie Finney on May 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM said:

We know Phyllis must have been a wonderful person to have raised our wonderful pastor and her siblings! We are thinking of you all and praying for you! We are so sorry for your loss!
Jim & Gwen Pedrick on May 11, 2013 at 5:26 AM said:

May God's peace and comfort be with you Pastor Ann and with your family.
Al and Carolyn Riechmann on May 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all .
Michele on May 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM said:

Janice & family,

Praying for you all during this difficult time.

Love, Michele, Jon, Sean & Matthew~
Craig & Denise on May 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM said:

Thinking of u all. Prayers for u at the lose of Aunt Phyl.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

We welcome your comments and feedback about our website!
 Click here to send us your comments


© 2008-2018 Becker-Milnes Rettig.   Site designed and hosted by Web Design by Duhrkopf