Donna A. Hein
Sept. 22, 1946 — Jan. 1, 2018

Donna A. Hein Donna Hein passed in the early morning hours of January 1, 2018. She had been a resident of Alden Estates of Jefferson for the last six months as she suffered with Parkinson’s disease.

Donna Rode was born on September 22, 1946, to Benjamin and Ellen (Branback) Rode in Iron Mountain, Mich. The family moved to Chicago, and when Donna was 5 years old, they moved to the Town of Summit. On May 13, 1967, Donna married James Hein in Oconomowoc, where they made their home for over 50 years and he now survives her. Also surviving Donna are her children, Julie (Paul) Holbrook of Wausau, Todd (Cathy) Hein of Cadott and Tracy (Jeff) Adams of Palmyra. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Adam (Nurita) Holbrook, Tyler (Alyssa) Holbrook, Elijah Holbrook, Shelby Holbrook, Cassandra (Justin) Salber, Vickie (Austin) Hovel and Ruby, Hudson and Henry Hein, and four great-grandchildren.

Donna also leaves behind a loving sister and brother, Vickie (James) Schlieve and Larry (Wendris) Rode, both of Oconomowoc; brother-in-law Loren Hein of Kenosha; sister-in-law Polly (Carl) Schwartzmiller of Eagle; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Ellen Rode; her brother Barry, in infancy; and her parents-in-law, Clarence and Evelyn Hein.

Donna graduated from Oconomowoc High School and then began her career in customer service at the Bank of Oconomowoc. She retired from Piggly Wiggly in Oconomowoc after 34 years of employment. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. When she was called “Purple Grandma” by Ruby, Donna’s eyes would light up. Many of Donna’s friends and relatives were blessed to have received her handmade items over the years. She sewed many clothes for Tracy, made beautiful quilts, and knit and crocheted afghans. Donna always had a project she would be making for someone.

Services for Donna Hein will be Saturday, January 6, at 2 p.m. with visitation starting at 12 noon till the time of the service. Visitation and service to be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 815 S. Concord Road, Oconomowoc.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262567-4457 or visit