Donna M. Kolbet
March 15, 1937 ~ November 11, 2020
Donna May Kolbet, age 83, of Osage, Iowa formerly of Alta Vista, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma. We encourage those attending the visitation to ensure mask wearing and social distancing guidelines. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family and sent to Sheila Moritz, 527 Kirkwood Ave, Osage, IA 50461. A private funeral service will be held at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Alta Vista, IA. Donna May was born March 15, 1937 in Iowa City, IA, the daughter of Gordon and Jennie Leota (Bailey) Rex. She attended and graduated from Marble Rock High School in 1955. In 1956, Donna was united in marriage to Louis J. Kolbet. The couple made their home in Alta Vista, IA where they welcomed their children, Susanna, Alan, Janet, Wanda, Sheila, and Carmela. She was a homemaker while raising their children, she was also the Director of Religious Education for St. Bernard’s Catholic Church for several years. She then worked as a teacher’s associate for the New Hampton School District, caretaker of the Alta Vista Municipal Hall, and most recently Alt’s Shoe Store for 12 years until it closed. Donna devoted much of her time to volunteer work throughout the years. After Louis passed away, Donna moved to Charles City, IA before moving to Osage, IA in 2001. She was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Donna enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, plastic canvas, and crafts. Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Alan Kolbet of Alta Vista, Janet Hennigar of Dumont, IA, Wanda Folkers of Alta Vista, Sheila (Doug) Moritz of Osage, and Carmela (Loren) Slick of New Hampton; her grandchildren Keith Hennigar, Derek Hedrick, Andy Folkers, Mark Folkers, Amanda Moritz, Michael Moritz, Steven Slick, Samantha Slick, and Shain Slick; step grandchildren, Christine (Dwayne) Koch and Jeremy Moritz; 16 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; sisters, Francys Ritter of Mason City, IA and Connie Pitz of Walworth, WI; sisters-in-law, Betty Rex of Marble Rock, Lola Boss of Charles City, Lois McAvoy of Elma, IA and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Kolbet on July 6, 1996; her daughter, Susanna Kolbet on January 2, 2013; brother, James Rex on December 26, 2001; sister, Kathleen Schilling on June 23, 2020; grandson, Sean Slick on August 4, 2020 and son-in-law, Dean Folkers on September 18, 2020 and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.