|Frances Donarski, 89|
|Written by TRF Times|
Argyle - Frances Donarski, 89, died Thursday, August 18, 2005 at Good Samaritan Center, Warren.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, August 22, at Assumption Catholic Church in Florian, with Father Gary LaMoine presiding. Casket bearers included Peter Kujava, Greg Kuznia, Mark Donarski, Mike Donarski, Jeff Westberg and Justin Knoll. Interment was held at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Florian.
Frances Victoria Skrabala was born August 17, 1916 to John and Kathryn Skrabala in Tolstoi, Manitoba Canada, very near the border north of Lancaster. She was the youngest of five children. Her parents came to Canada from Poland, living first in Winnipeg, then moving to Tolstoi. She grew up and attended grade school and worked in the Letellier, Manitoba area, doing housemaid work.
On February 8, 1938, Frances was united in marriage to John Donarski and they farmed in Wright Township, Marshall County. She was a “right hand” in the farming operation, which consisted of small grain and cattle. She also was very active in her church, homemakers club, and was a 4-H parent. She always had a “green” thumb, especially with houseplants. Her hobbies were crocheting, plants, cards and in later years quilting. She received her citizenship and naturalization papers after much study on June 10, 1947.
After John’s death in 1956, Frances went to LPN nurses training in Thief River Falls and worked several years in the Falls Clinic in Thief River Falls. She loved being an LPN and was very proud of that cap and pin.
In 1967, Frances married Walter Donarski. They farmed also and spent several winters in Florida. After retirement, they lived near Thief River Falls. Frances moved to Argyle, where she lived until moving to Good Samaritan Center, Warren, MN in July of 1999.
Survivors include children, Veronica Knoll-Stanislowski of Crookston, Dolores Kujava of Newfolden, Ludwig “Big Lou” Donarski of Karlstad, Florence Kuznia of Stephen, R. R. Donarski of Stephen and Jo Anne Borowicz of Bloomington; daughter-in-law, Carol Donarski Michalek of Argyle; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and one niece.
She was preceded in death by husbands, John and Walter; daughter, Ardy Westberg, sons, Stanley in infancy and A.J. Donarski; her parents and all her siblings.