Evans Funeral Home

"Compassionate Funeral Service"

New Rockford and Carrington, North Dakota
701.947.2911 or 701.652.3003




Donna C. Koepplin

Donna C. Koepplin, age 89, of New Rockford, ND, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford.

Donna Clara Anderson was born April 6, 1923, in Pleasant Prairie Township of Eddy County, rural New Rockford, the daughter of Charles and Lena (Lee) Anderson. The family moved to a farm near Brantford, ND in 1938, and became area farmers. Donna married Herbert Koepplin on September 1, 1941, in Sheyenne, ND. They moved to Carrington where she was a clerk at a grocery store. They moved to Bordulac, ND, for one year, and then to Grace City, ND for 4½ years where she worked as a cook at the Grace City School. They moved to New Rockford where they operated Koepplin Kleaners for 13 years. Donna was also a clerk at Hagens Super Valu. She wrote the “Talk of the Town” column for the New Rockford Transcript and also provided phone answering service to Evans Funeral Home for many years. Herb died on January 1, 2009.

She was a member of Kvernes Church, rural Carrington, and Emmanuel Lutheran Church, New Rockford for years, and then became a member of First Lutheran Church. Donna loved to read her Bible and have daily devotions, she read her whole Bible 3 times. She loved to make people smile and did a lot of baking for others. She was a beautiful seamstress, wrote poems and stories, and entertained people with her singing and yodeling. Donna spread her love to everyone!

Donna is survived by one daughter, Candace Jensen, New Rockford; two sons, Terry (Sandy) Koepplin, New Rockford, Rick (Cora) Koepplin, Mapleton, ND; two daughters-in-law, Cecelia Koepplin, Leno Lakes, MN, Lisa Koepplin, Jamestown, ND; 31 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lena Anderson; her husband, Herb; two sons, Gerald and David; one daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and George Geske; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice & Harold Crandall, Irene & Raymond Kraus; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Sydney Anderson, Norman and Norma Anderson.


FUNERAL SERVICE: First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, ND

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

INTERMENT: Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford, ND

Posted Condolences:



Name: Faith K. Trudeau

Date: 6-2-2012

Message: Sorry I could not attend the funeral service. There are just to many sick people running around. And I can't chance catching something.  Donna will be missed by many!! Now she is in heaven with my Mom Dorothy Trudeau to help pour out the rain. May God bring all of you the Peace and Comfort you will all need to get youthrew this time in your life. (((Hugs)) My heart aches with all of you and I will always remember the good time spent with her.

Faith K. Trudeau


Name: Janice Benge

Date: June 1, 2012

Message: Dear Family, It is a sad day knowing no more Aunt Donna for us to talk with and to receive her very "newsy" letters with many hugs and smooches in included.  I have many fond memories of our times in North Dakota and always much fun with our Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts and many cousins.  Want you to know your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

With much love, Janice


Name: Ruth & Bob Sprankel

Date: June 1, 2012

Message: Dear Family: We want you all to know how very sorry we are to hear that Aunt Donna passed away. She was our last surviving Aunt and I will be very lost without her connection to you all. I will never forget the fun times I had as a child when staying with Donna & Herb as Loretta and Jerry and I were close cousins. Donna always took care of me like her own children and handed out the hugs & kisses to me as well. Even recently her notes & letters to us were "sealed with a smootchie". I am sorry that we are unable to attend the services tomorrow, but our hearts & thoughts will be with you all.
Love from Ruth & Bob


Name: Doug/Rachel Crandall

Date: May 31, 2012

Message: Dear Family; Was so sad to hear that Aunt Donna passed away. She was a great lady and will be missed. Sorry that we can't be there with all of you but know that all are in our hearts and prayers. We will definitely miss her yodeling and her being "Lena". Also will miss her great stories. She left us all a great legacy that will always be treasured and talked about for years to come.

May all of you find comfort that she is now with Uncle Herb whom we know that she missed terribly. They both will be smiling down on all of you and us too!!!!

Love Doug and Rachel


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