Donis Whalen, 1972

DONIS WHALEN, age 62, of Decorah, Iowa, died on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Funeral services were held January 5, 2012, at the First Lutheran Church with Rev. Chad Huebner presiding. Burial will be at the New Hampton Cemetery, New Hampton, Iowa. The Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Decorah was in charge. Donis Lee Whalen was born Jan. 19, 1950, the daughter of Donald and Margaret (Jerdee) Whalen in New Hampton, Iowa. Donis was baptized at St. Olaf Lutheran Church and confirmed at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton. Donis graduated from New Hampton High School is 1968 and from Luther College in 1972, with a degree in sociology and business administration. She then went to work at the Smith Memorial Hospital in Decorah, which later became the Winneshiek Medical Center, retiring five years ago. She returned to Luther ten years ago to obtain her bachelor’s degree in social work. Donis loved to play cards with her card club gals, watch television, play on her computer, drive her Jeep, go hiking, biking, cross country skiing, white water rafting and play her guitar. She enjoyed entertaining, especially during the Nordic Fest. Donis was so proud of living in Decorah and was glad to show friends and relatives the eagle’s nest, parks and area highlights. Above all she loved her family and friends the most. Donis was a member of First Lutheran Church, where she served on the church council. She also served as a board member for Thrivent and Opportunity Homes and was a member of the Winneshiek Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary. Donis also served as a representative from northeast Iowa in social work for the Iowa Hospital Association. Donis is survived by her mother: Margaret Whalen, New Hampton, Iowa. One brother: Michael (Susan) Whalen, East Bethel, Minn. One sister: Shelley (Steven) McShane, New Hampton, Iowa. Special Friend: SALLY BACHMAN ‘88, Albia, Iowa. Seven nieces and nephews: Amber (Raylin) Nevland, Kimberly (friend, Aaron Guck) Whalen, Ryan Whalen, Tony McShane, Nicole (Justin) Klunder, Rebecca (Trent) Zabel, and Andrea (Roberto) Barron. Ten great nieces and nephews: Ashyln Nevland, Ashton, Braden & Brooklyn McShane, Reed & Finnley Klunder, Abigail & Paige Zabel, Isabella & Gavyn Barron. Donis was preceded in death by her father: Donald Whalen in 2006. One niece: April Whalen in 1980. Her grandparents: Jacob & Marjit Jerdee and Leland & Maxine Whalen.