Donna Mae (Randall) Kastberg, 83, was escorted into her Lord's arms Thursday, July 2, 2020, after a short stay at Mulder Health Care in West Salem.
Donna was born in Sparta, to Jean and Mabel Randall Oct. 14, 1936, fourth in a family of five siblings. She graduated from Sparta High in 1954 and shortly after, married her one true love Nov. 11, 1955. While raising three daughters, Donna began her career with First Bank of Sparta, in 1962, as a part-time secretary and through perseverance and sacrifice, became one of the first female bank presidents in the state. Donna took great pride in her hometown and was instrumental in the startup of many successful businesses. Boards on which she served include: The Morrow Home Foundation, Sparta Main Street, Board of Directors of Bankers Bank, St. Mary's Hospital Foundation and The Barney Community Center Building Fund, to name a few.
Donna enjoyed her employees and those she encountered through the bank, community and boards she served. While she ran a business, she also helped make the family farm successful. Even if career training took her out of town at times and late at work with meetings, she always managed dinner every night, had a spotless house, something sweet for Warren, and a happy family. Donna loved to plan trips and the family took a vacation every summer; then, greater empty nest adventures with Warren. Family was important and there are many fond memories of holiday family reunions. Her potato salad was sought after and if you came to the house, she made sure you weren't hungry.
Rarely idle, she was also active in Red Hatters, card club and outings with her daughters and sisters.
Donna was a believer and faithful Christian, who was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta and served in the church in various capacities throughout the years.
Donna is survived by her husband, Warren; three daughters, Lori Ferries, Tracy Buccelli and Julie (Michael) Hogan; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Stephanie) Ferries, Erin (Nick) Guy, Jennifer Ferries, Sarah Hogan, Sam Hogan, Michael Buccelli, and Taylor Buccelli; and two great-grandchildren, Easton Ferries and Eva Ferries. She is further survived by her siblings, Gerald (Beverly) Randall, Carlyle Randall, Patricia Heser and Carol Thorsen. Her loved ones will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jean and Mabel Randall.
A private family funeral service will be held. The family would like to invite friends to the Club Oasis in Sparta, for a celebration of Donna's life beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, July 6. The family respectfully requests that anyone attending the celebration of life, practice social distancing and face coverings are recommended.
The family would like to thank friends, neighbors and everyone that showed kindness through words or actions, during the past few difficult years that Donna suffered with dementia. Also, a special thanks to Jean Fink, Shawn Fish of Bethel Oaks, Gundersen Lutheran Hospital and the staff at Mulder Health Care for their compassion.
Memorials can be made to Boys and Girls Club of Sparta, Trinity Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer's Association.
The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the Kastberg family at www.schanhoferfh.com.