Donna Lue Byer, age 88, passed away peacefully on Oct. 8, 2019, at The Homestead of Rochester.

Donna Lue Curley was born on May 21, 1931, in Henry, S.D., to Joseph and Ella (Hurley) Curley. She attended country school until 7th grade and graduated from Henry High School. She completed a year of secretarial school and on May 11, 1957, she married Kenneth J. Byer in Henry, S.D. She followed her husband's IBM career and lived in various places before settling in Rochester in 1962.

Donna did home daycare for many years and maintained a close relationship with many of her daycare families to this day. She was active in the local American Legion and was proud to be a Charter Member of Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester. She and Ken were avid Minnesota Vikings fans and yearly season ticket holders. She also enjoyed many hobbies, including crafts, ceramics, sewing, woodworking, and especially being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Dan (Kathy) of Fountain, Kathy Melloon of Rochester, Mark (Karen) of Rochester, Vickie (Terry) Carter of Oronoco, Greg (Jill) of Lakeville; son-in-law, Ed Brereton of Rochester; two sisters, Marg Byer of Florence, S.D., and Lois Junso of Billings, Mont.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Dale; her daughter, Sue; her grandson, Kris Zweifel; and her great-granddaughter, Kylie Byer.

The Funeral Mass for Donna will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester with Father Thế Hoang officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.

Memorials are preferred to the Sue Brereton Memorial Scholarship Fund through the American Legion Auxiliary.

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