|Donna Harder, 61|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Donna Harder, 61, died on Sunday, December 4, 2005 surrounded by her family at her home in rural Thief River Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7 (today), at the Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. George Davis and Rev. Bob Dahlen officiating. Honorary casket bearers included all of Donna’s grandchildren, Danielle Harder, Riley Harder, Collin Race, Nicklaus Harder, Madilyn Race, Emilee Harder and Jacob Zavoral. Casket bearers included Steve Zavoral, Tom Race, Mark Enge, Ken Geske, Bud Homme and Greg Harder. Interment will follow at the Silverton Cemetery in rural Thief River Falls.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Wednesday.
Donna Mae Baker was born on July 29, 1944, to George Nick and Mary Eliza (Sampson) Baker. She was baptized and confirmed at Silverton Lutheran Church in rural Thief River Falls. She attended country school and then graduated in 1962 from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.
Donna was united in marriage to Wayne Dennis Harder on June 29, 1963 in St. Hilaire. They made their home in Thief River Falls for their first year of marriage, then in Mavie, for another year, before settling at their current farm east of Thief River Falls. Donna was a stay at home mom raising her five children. She also helped out on the farm, driving tractor, throwing bales, milking cows, along with all of the other farm duties. She went to work for the US Postal Service in Thief River Falls in 1985 where she had delivered mail for the past 20 years.
Donna was active in her children’s and her grandchildren’s lives. She was always there to lend them a helping hand. She also was an avid Bingo player. Her other hobbies include crafting, sewing, quilting, flower gardening, and refinishing wood furniture.
Donna served on the Pennington County Fair Board for many years, where she served a term as the first female Fair Board President. She was a member of the Silverton Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid.
Donna is survived by her husband Wayne of Thief River Falls; five children, Mark (Sherri) Harder of Warroad, Rodney (Ronda Sangrait) Harder of Thief River Falls, Lori (Tom) Race of Goodridge, James (Rynae) Harder of Thief River Falls, Jodie (Steve) Zavoral of Thief River Falls; seven grandchildren; her mother, Mary Baker of Thief River Falls; one brother, George Jr. (Tess) Baker of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, Louise Cullen-Quam of Thief River Falls; and other relatives and friends.
Donna was preceded in death by her father; one sister, Bonnie Mullen; two brothers, Robert Baker, Bennie Baker and a Godson, Elliot Baker.