Donna M. Kolbet

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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 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.

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  1. Alan, Janet, Wanda, Sheila and Carmela – I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I fondly remember coming to your house growing up. I’m sure Your Dad, Susanna and Dean were there to greet her. On behalf of the Andy and Sally Grober family, please accept my deepest sympathy. My thoughts are with all of you.

  2. Since the Kolbet family lived directly across from the grade school, we saw Donna a bit more than some of the other parents. One of my favorite memories is that when one of the younger sisters (I think it was Carmella) was born, Susanna was obviously very excited to welcome her new sister and talked her mom into bringing the new baby into our classroom–sort of like show and tell. My recollection is that the whole class found it to be a special moment to welcome mom and the new baby into our classroom. We extend our sympathies to all of Donna ‘s family.

  3. With deepest sympathy. We love and care about you all. Sheila Keeley and family, Cindy Zingg and family, Jon Moritz, Michele Hedrick

  4. I remember a specific time in Marble Rock on Christmas at Grandpa and Grandma Rex, we all got together. At Grandpa and Grandma’s we did a grab bag . My favorite was the year of the spoons. Grandma wanted some spoons. Well guess what everyone’s grab bag was a spoon. It came time for Aunt Donna to open her grab bag.. of course it was a spoon. She laughed and laughed till her face was red. The morel to my story is Aunt Donna enjoyed life. She was full of laughter and smiles when we got together. A few of years ago I took my Mom to visit her in Osage. She gave me a little sprig of a Christmas cactus. Everytime I look at it I think of her. May God wrap his ever loving arms around the families. Share memories. Love always, Donnella

  5. When I was little before I was old enough to go to school my mom fell on the ice and broke her tailbone. So dad dropped me off at Aunt Donna,s when he took the older kids to school and picked me up when he picked them up after school. After lunch Susie and Allen were to take a nap so we would go upstairs and lay down until they went to sleep and then Aunt Donna would let me go downstairs with her and we made cookies for me to take home. She had a wonderful recipe that was a basic cookie base and you added different ingredients to make different variations. We made chocolate chip ones. This has always been a special memory for me of your mom. Karen (Kolbet) Newman

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I will always remember your mom and dad as I would baby sit you all on Friday nights while your folks would go shopping in Charles City. Great memories

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