Lynette Ann Donner
June 24, 1959 - Jan. 29, 2018
Lynette Ann Donner, daughter of Orval Daniel Friedrich (deceased) and Arlene June Friedrich (Grimm) was born June 24, 1959 in Fergus Falls, MN. She married Daniel Donner on August 2, 1980. The wake will be at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home on Friday Feb 2nd from 4:00 to 7:00 with vigil at 7:00 pm. The funeral will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday Feb 3rd at 10:30am with a luncheon to follow.
Lynette lost her two and a half year battle with Cholangiocarcinoma Jan 29, 2018. She is survived by her husband and two sons Jesse Robert Donner (Katie) and Jordan Ryan Donner (Liz), her mother, as well as two sisters and a brother, Brenda Friedrich (Frank Kissel) , Karen Barshinger and Daniel (Vicky) Friedrich. She was grandmother (Memaw) to her loving Jessica Donner. She loved nothing more than her time with Jessica.
A graduate of Iowa State University and later Drake Law school, Lynette subsequently passed the bar. She was a 30 year plus State of Iowa employee. She served in the Legislative Service Bureau drafting bills, as an attorney for the Iowa Attorney General's office, legal counsel for the Campaign and Ethics office, legal counsel for Iowa Secretary of State, and served as an Administrative Law Judge for IWD for over a decade. She worked tirelessly to see that government processes fairly treated all who crossed her path. She retired after a successful career in August 2015.
She served proudly as President of the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (IOWA). She also proudly served as President of NAALJ - the National Association of Administrative Law Judges. Lynette was equally focused on her sons' development getting them involved in baseball, football, soccer, golf, chess club, band, choir, Tae Kwon Do, language arts, and anything else that fit their schedules. She not only supported them with her attendance at these functions but was also part of the behind the scenes support staff. She encouraged and helped both Jesse and Jordan to achieve BSA Eagle Scout rank. She even chaperoned Language students on a multi-country European trip.
Traveling was one of Lynette's greatest pleasures, which she and Dan did as much as possible during their marriage and especially in the years following her diagnosis. She traveled to all but two US states and countless National Parks as her earring collection proves. She loved to go to Donner family events and visit with Marie, her mother-in-law, and Dan's seven brothers and sisters. She enjoyed card games, art festivals, beer and brat days as well. In her early career days, she played volleyball, and softball on a variety of teams and has her trophies and game debrief stories as mementos.
She will be truly missed.