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Donna Lee Buchholz

Donna Lee Buchholz

Dec. 28, 1937 - Aug. 16, 2009

Donna Lee Buchholz, 71, of West Fargo, N.D., died Sunday, August 16, 2009 at MeritCare Hospital, Fargo.

Donna was born December 28, 1937 to Roy and Jenni (Snelson) Gebeke at the family farm in Arthur, N.D. She graduated from Arthur High School.

Donna married Willie Buchholz on April 25, 1959 in Arthur. They lived in West Fargo until 2008 when they moved to Fargo. Donna was an at home mom, who through the years, also held bookkeeping positions at the First State Bank of Arthur, State Bank of West Fargo, Fredericks Flowers, Fargo, Classic Floral, West Fargo and Madsen's Jewelry in Fargo.

Donna will also be remembered as a soloist who sang at many weddings,

funerals, and church holidays. Many will always remember her voice singing "O Holy Night" at Christmas and "Were You There" at Easter. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who kept each and everyone of them close to her heart.

She is survived by her husband Willie of 50 years; daughter, Wanda Blilie, West Fargo; two sons, Randy Buchholz, West Fargo, Rick (Karla) Buchholz, Big Lake, Minn.; grandchildren, Jeni (Lee), Derek, Austin, Jared, and Anna; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Laynee; sisters Marla (Bill) Cavanaugh, St. Paul, Minn., Judy (Gordon) Pederson, Mapleton, N.D.; brothers, Jim (Marie) Gebeke, Pick City, N.D., Raymond Gebeke, Okla., Roy "Bill" (Audrey) Gebeke, Wash., Tim Gebeke, Casselton, N.D. and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Kenneth, Larry and John, and a niece Stephanie.

A visitation and prayer service were held on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at West Funeral Home Chapel, West Fargo.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, August 20, 2009, at 10:30 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo. Burial was at the Arthur (ND) Cemetery.

Condolences can be sent online

(West Funeral Home, West Fargo)