Donna M. Kalnes

Jan. 24, 1934 - Jan. 12, 2007

Donna M. (nee Simondet) Kalnes, 72, of Eagle, passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 24, 1934, in Redwood Falls, Minn., to Oscar and Alma (nee Castle) Simondet.

Donna graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, obtaining a masterís degree in administration.

She married Rasmus Kalnes in Redwood Falls, Minn., on Aug. 21, 1954. She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in North Prairie. Donna was a retired teacher and principal of Eagle Elementary School, past president of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, National Principal of the Year in 1991, Wisconsin Mother of the Year in 1980, a recipient of the Luther College Distinguished Service Award and honored by three U.S. presidents for her work in education.

Donna is survived by her loving husband, Rasmus of Eagle; her beloved children, Stephanie of Eagle and Eric of Huntington Beach, Calif.; her daughter-in-law, Leslie; two grandchildren, Anna and Erik of Batavia, Ill.; her sister, Carolyn (Bob) Laufenburger of Redwood Falls; and her brother, Norman (Ginny) Simondet of Mound, Minn. She is further survived by many loving relatives and friends. Donna was preceded in death by her son, David; her parents; and brothers, Walter and Douglas.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at St. John Lutheran Church, 312 N. Main St., North Prairie, and from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, Jan. 17, with the Rev. Brady Finnern officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Eagle (next to Old World Wisconsin).

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John Lutheran Church are appreciated.

Mealyís Funeral Home in Eagle, 594-2442, is serving the family.