Donna J. Hastings -- Lake City

LAKE CITY -- The funeral for Donna J. Hastings will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lake City, with the Revs. James Russell and Joseph LaPlante officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date.

Mrs. Hastings, 72, of Lake City, died Tuesday (April 20, 2004) at St. Mary's Health Care Center in Pierre, S.D., while visiting her brother.

Donna Jean Askew was born Feb. 10, 1932, in Mitchell, S.D., and attended school in Sioux Falls, S.D. She graduated from Presentation School of Nursing, McKennan Hospital, in Sioux Falls in 1954. She married Kenneth E. Hastings June 4, 1955. She continued to work at the hospital for a year.

The couple moved to Endicott, N.Y., where he worked for IBM for a year before moving to Rochester, where they lived for 32 years. Mrs. Hastings worked as a home health care nurse for 17 years and was active in her church and school activities. After her husband retired, they moved to Lake City, where she was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and volunteered at Villa Maria Retreat Center in Old Frontenac. She enjoyed birding, gardening and writing. The couple spent many winters in Florida and enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Barbara (Steve) Kildahl of Rochester, Beth (Thor) Bolstad of Minnetonka, Minn., and Pam (Ed) Wilds of Umpqua, Ore.; three sons, Brad of Lake City, Brian (Meg) of Frankfurt, Germany, and Barton (Tammy) of Rochester; 16 grandchildren; and one brother, John Askew of Pierre.


Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Schleicher Funeral Homes Lake City Chapel and at the church an hour before the service. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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