Donna Lou Stodden was born on April 16, 1930 at Le Mars, the daughter of Clarence and Alma (Krekow) Harnack. She was baptized on May 11, 1930 and confirmed on April 18, 1943 at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen. Donna attended country school near her home and later graduated from Le Mars High School in 1947. She continued her education at the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, and received her teaching certificate in 1949. She taught Kindergarten and first grade at Kingsley and Calumet.
On June 24, 1950 Donna Lou and Carl Francis Stodden were united in marriage in the campus chapel at the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. They initially made their home in Kingsley, then moved to a farm near Remsen, Winterset and Humboldt, before settling on the family farm near Marcus in 1960. Carl passed away suddenly on April 14, 1972, and Donna remained on the farm until moving to Marcus in December of 1979. She moved to the Heartland Care Center in February of this year.
Donna was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Marcus. She was a member of Ladies' Aid and taught Sunday School. Donna also taught Vacation Bible School at Trinity Lutheran Church and at Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus. She was a charter member of the quilters at Trinity Lutheran, formed in 1976. She enjoyed crafting, canning, and submitting entries to the Marcus Fair.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children -Diane and Ken Hansen of Smithfield, MO; Dennis and Joan Stodden of Cherokee; Gary Stodden and Christine Deigman of Davenport; David and Sally Stodden of Marcus; Steven and Beverly Stodden of Marcus; and Carla Stodden of Marcus; ten grandchildren - Elizabeth Hansen, Heather and Ben Gates, Leslie Stodden, Diane Deigman, Martha Stodden, Karl Stodden, Timothy Stodden, Barbara Stodden, Adam Stodden, Donald and Elissa Stodden; five great-grandchildren - Liam Gates, Brandon Stodden, Blacey Stodden, Brenin Stodden and Benjamin Stodden; a brother, Ronald and Mary Harnack Sr. of Remsen; and a sister, Sharon and Dean Harvey of Marcus.
She was preceded in death by her parents;her husband Carl; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Stodden, in 1983.