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Donna Wishart

Donna Lou Gale (Hahn) Wishart, age 83, died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.

Donna was born June 28, 1935 in Rugby, ND.  She graduated Valedictorian from St. James Academy in 1953.  Donna married John Wishart on January 4, 1954 in Minnewaukan, ND.  She was the first baby born with lip cancer in North Dakota.  She started working as a CNA at City Hospital, New Rockford when she was 13 and held many positions in her 15 years at City Hospital.  Donna and John owned the Ice Cream Shop and Rockford Dairy in New Rockford.  Donna was a Den Mother, taught CCD, volunteered with the New Rockford Ambulance and a sales rep for Creative Circle.  In June of 1985, John and Donna went out to the east coast as a couple to work for Mr. Wells at Southbridge, MA for one year, Mrs. Sears for 6 1/2 years in Maryland and Mrs. Lloyd for 7 1/2 years in PA. They returned to ND upon retirement.  She entered the nursing home in 2014.

Donna enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed working on puzzles, playing three to thirteen and going to bingo. She was always ready to play a game of cards. Donna embroidered many dish towels and calendar towels.  She liked knitting and crocheting also.

Donna was a member of the Red Hat Ladies, St. John’s Alter Society, and the Stitch and Bitch Club. She was known as the “Shoe Lady” due to her collection of over 1,000 collectible shoes.

She was preceded in death by parents, Dollie and Everett Hahn, in laws, Harris and Dru Wishart, husband, John, two brothers, Everett Jr. and Stanley, sister, Marjorie and one step great grandson, Gavyn.

Donna is survived by sisters, Janice (Paul Reis) of New Rockford, ND, Lettie Annell of Bedford, TX; sister in law, Patricia Hahn of Kingman, AZ; three daughters, Nancy (George) Ritzke of New Rockford, ND, Karen (Rogar) Winkles of St. Francisville, IL and Jacolyn (Dave) Fleury of Attleboro, MA; four sons, David (Barbara) of Bensenville, IL, Robert (Jamie) of Rolla, ND, Gregory (Lori) of Crosby, ND and Timothy (Marissa) of New Rockford, ND; 14 Grandchildren; 29 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren.

Memorials are preferred.

Visitation will be Monday, October 15, 2018 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home in New Rockford, followed by a Rosary at 6:45PM and a Prayer Service at 7:00PM both at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 10:30AM at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

Burial will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Nancy, I’m very sorry to hear of your moms passing. I’ll always remember the talks I had with her and taking the time to put a piece or two on a puzzle with her.

  2. Nancy and family, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Prayers to you all.

  3. I am sorry to hear of your family’s loss. One of my fondest childhood memories is how Donna always made the holidays special for the children. Just last Christmas I was telling our exchange student about Christmases in North Dakota and how Donna and John always had Santa come to the house to hand out gifts to all of us kids. They had me believing he was the real Santa! I also loved how Donna always had a punch bowl of kid’s eggnog and a bowl of adult only eggnog.

  4. To all the Wishart kids:
    May the strong foundation of Love, Respect and Devotion that your Mom and Dad provided, help to sustain you through the coming days. Your family is never far from my thoughts.
    Blessings to all.

  5. We were so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing.
    You sure had a wonderful mom and she was a great friend. When she and your dad would stop in to see the wishart’s in Ct. We always had great visit’s. We shall always treaure them.
    Always remember all the good times, we are sure there must be many of them. We will be thinking of you in the days to come.
    Love & Hugs,
    Ed & Lola

  6. We send our sincere sympathy. May our Heavenly Father bless and be with each of you.


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