Donna Joan (Kieffer) Peterson passed on October 25th, 2020 at UW hospital after battling Esophageal Cancer for the past eight months.
Born in Olivia, MN, Donna was the youngest and last surviving of 5 children to Marie and Joe Kieffer. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Oscar Curtis Peterson of Sun Prairie and three adult children Ben Peterson, Sam Peterson, and Sarah (Peterson) Yanke. She was known as 'Grandma Donna' to Sabrina and Lizzy Yanke, Ethan and Joni Peterson, and Ciara, Leela, and Adlai Peterson.
Donna graduated with a minor in Elementary Education and Science from MN State-Mankato and a master's from UW-La Crosse. In 1979, she moved to Lodi, WI where she was a teacher and friend to thousands of students over 30 years before retiring in 2009. Reading was her favorite subject, and she inspired several of her students to appreciate reading to this day. She was a very generous person, giving her time and wealth to her kid's scout troops, various school districts, local churches and many other local organizations. She also had the privilege to go on a church mission for outreach in Guatemala.
After retiring and moving to Sun Prairie, WI, she had even more time to spend giving to others and joining clubs such as the Colonial Club Choir. She enjoyed playing cards and board games with her family and friends. You could say she was an "Ace" at the game of Euchre. Often you could find her at one of her grandkids school or sporting events. Donna was a very adventurous person and loved to take trips both around the world and road trips to enjoy sights and scenery across the country. In her free time, she enjoyed sharing her passion of healthy learning and living with Shaklee.
Donna was an active member of City Church in Madison, WI. She lives on through her family and friends.
Private Services will be held.
3325 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
Dear Peterson Family,
You have our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Donna was an amazing teacher and her students were fortunate to have such a dedicated educator in the classroom. She always had meaningful projects for her students to help them stay engaged in their learning. She kept the copy machine and laminator busy all the time. Thank you Donna for all your hard work. You were a blessing to so many students! It was an honor to work with your children in the classroom and you as a colleague. Lyle and Chris Hendrickson
So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing, condolences to all of her family. In the short time I had known her, she was always so caring and giving and such good companionship. I’ll miss her dearly.
our thoughts are with all of Donna' s family. I am a good friend of Dana's so met her and Oscar at their home several times. I loved hearing about their adventures. We learn so much through travel. Whether in our lives or in the books we read. Donna did both.
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