Donna E. Munck, age 84 of Yankton, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Center in Canton, SD.
A Memorial Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2012 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Yankton with Father Jim Pearson officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will be in the Yankton Cemetery.
Visitations will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton with the family present from 5-7 p.m. and a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.
Donna Gusarson Munck, wife, mother, teacher, volunteer and Alzheimers fighter tossed off the bonds of that cruel disease Tuesday, March 13, and moved onto her new life with Christ. Born the third daughter of Carl Oscar and Edith Gusarson August 27, 1927 in Sioux Falls, her first major trip was to meet her maternal grandparents in Umea, Sweden at age two. Donna’s family life changed with the death of her father when she was nine, and the family, now including a younger brother, moved to Orange County, California. A short time later, the family returned to Brandon- Sioux Falls, where Donna graduated from Washington High School and then Augustana College.
At Augustana, Donna met her future husband, James W. Munck. After Jim’s Army service, the couple moved to Evanston, Illinois where Donna worked in a law office while Jim attended Seabury Western Theological Seminary. Upon his graduation, the couple returned to South Dakota.
After the birth of their three daughters, Donna’s life revolved around service as a Girl Scout Leader, activity with Christ Church choir and altar guild and PEO. Donna returned to school, completing work at Yankton College and secured her teaching certificate. She taught fourth grade at Webster Elementary School for 22 years, delighting in the achievements of students when they discovered the love of reading or the thrill of exploration during Gavins Point field trips. Donna shared her love of music, reading and baking with her children.
Donna lost her soul-mate when Jim died in 1976. Her children, church and teaching kept her going — she bought a home, received her Master Degree in Education from the University of South Dakota, and discovered the joy of gardening.
Her parents and younger brother Dean, her husband, Jim, and her oldest sister Gertrude all preceded Donna in death.
She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Peterson, Florida and daughters Tanya (Rick) Ask, Helena, Montana; Edith (Larry) Nelson, Canton, South Dakota; and Martha (Allen) Potts, Omaha, Nebraska. Donna is also survived by eight grandchildren: Lt. James (MaryJane) Ask, Jacksonville, Florida; Ben (Aimee) Ask, Missoula, Montana; Signe Ask (Dana Driggs) Helena, Montana; 1st Lt. Samuel Nelson, Ft. Pendleton, California; Peter Nelson, Sioux Falls; William Potts (fiancé’ Angela Malloy) Kansas City, Missouri; Tanya Potts, Omaha; and Sarah Potts, Lincoln, Nebraska; three great grandchildren Betsy, James and Caleb, and one on the way, Brearley. She is also survived by her three special sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews, her Christ Church family and special Yankton friends.
Her family wishes to thank the Christ Church family, the staff at Majestic Bluffs, Behavior Center in Sioux Falls and the staff of Canton Good Samaritan for their care and support of Donna during her illness. Memorials in Donna’s name may be made to:
Christ Episcopal Church, 517 Douglas Avenue, Yankton, SD 57078
Contact Center, PO Box 137, Yankton, SD 57078
Heartland Humane Society, PO Box 585, Yankton, SD 57078
Augustana College, (Augustana Fund), Office of Development, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57197.