Donna Lydell, 86, of Aurelia, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at the Sunset Knoll Nursing & Rehab Center in Aurelia. Funeral services were held on Feb. 12, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. Pastor Duane Olson officiated. Burial was in the Scandinavian Cemetery in rural Alta.
Donna Joanna Rydstrom was born Oct. 14, 1921, the daughter of Emil and Ida (Nelson) Rydstrom near Alta. She graduated from Aurelia High School in 1939.
On Nov. 17, 1946, Donna married Roy David Lydell. The couple farmed west of Alta then moved to Donna's parents' farm, and in 1952 they moved into Aurelia. Donna was a life - long member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, being baptized on Dec. 13, 1921, and confirmed on May 10, 1936.
She was active in WELCA, Sunset Knoll Auxiliary, belonged to Birthday Club, and Embroidery Club. After Roy's death, Donna worked as a cook's assistant at the Aurelia Community School, then Vilas & Company in Storm Lake and as a nurses assistant at Sunset Knoll Nursing Home in Aurelia for 10 years, retiring at age 65.
Preceding Donna in death were her parents, an infant son in 1958, and her husband Roy on Jan. 19, 1972.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, David & Darlene Lydell of Alta, one sister and her husband, Evelyn & Mervin Gustafson of Spirit Lake, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.