In Memory of

Donna Jean Frans

January 18, 1945 - November 4, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Donna Jean Frans

Donna Jean Frans

Born: January 18, 1945
Died: November 4, 2018
Age: 73

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     Donna (Deaner) Jean Frans, daughter of Virginia (Richter) Koenen and Donald Koenen, was born January 18th, 1945 in Storm Lake, IA.  Donna lived in Spencer, attending and graduating from Spencer High School, in 1963. After graduation, Donna attended business school, and married Doug Rose in 1966, and later divorced. Donna worked at KICD Radio station and later at the Clay County Engineers office until retirement.  Donna married John Frans June 20th, 1978 and celebrated 37 happy years together.

     Donna had many interests and hobbies, especially gardening, reading, feeding and watching birds & wildlife. Donna was an avid cat lover, having many furry companions during her lifetime. Donna loved volunteering, which included Clay County Fair judging, bowling league, Many Hands Market, Moose Lodge member and Johnson Elementary School, assisting young readers with learning to read as much as she did.  She also was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church.

     Donna passed away on November 3rd, 2018. In keeping with her wishes, she was cremated.

     Donna is survived by her son, Chad Rose and wife, Monica of West Des Moines; four grandchildren: James (Katie) Jessen of Phoenix, AZ, Jeff (Naly) Jessen of Newton, IA, Jennifer Jessen of Des Moines and Josie Jessen of Stockton, Missouri. her sisters: Linda (Tom) Valdahl of Decatur, IL, Patti (Ivan) Pixler of Custer, S.D. and many, many other friends and family. She is preceded in death by her husband, John and her parents.

Graveside Services will be 1:00 P.M., Saturday, November 17, at the Riverside Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in her name. The memorials will be used for charities and causes that were important to her.
Pastor Paul Fredriksen
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:13 AM
“Donna was a classmate. We called her Deaner, a name she inherited as a child she told me. She was a lovely lady with a beautiful heart. She will be greatly missed by our classmates, as well as in the Spencer community where she volunteered in so many areas. God bless the family as they are missing her in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. ”
- Barbara Lancaster
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 8:59 AM
“Always enjoyed seeing Donna! She did cherish her beloved cats.”
- Barb Walker
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 8:47 AM
“Our sympathy to Donna’s family. When Donna’s Mom, Virginia, was at Riverview (as my Mom was) Donna and I would always visit. She was a special person much like her Mom. I loved always seeing Virginia. I was also a classmate of her sister, Linda. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Sherrie Green
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 8:47 AM
“Dear family
We were so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing away. I remember her from when we were kids on East tenth street.
I went to see what the exercise class would be like at the Activity Center a few years back. Guess who was leading those exercises? Yes Donna.. what a super great lady..
She will be missed by many.
Thinking of her family at this sad time
Prayers for all,
Roger and Jackie Mann”
- Jackie Mann
Monday, November 12, 2018 at 1:48 PM
“I was saddened to get the email that Donna had passed. Donna and I were classmates. I usually saw Donna at class reunions, having moved from Spencer many years ago. I did see Donna at the fair in Sept and like always she was full of life. Thankful I have that memory. May God give the family strength during this time of bereavement. Love Margaret Coleman Kellum”
- Margaret Kellum
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 3:45 PM
“I met Deaner through my cousin Nancy. We enjoyed many fun birthday celebrations. Deepest sympathy to your family ”
- Nancy Taylor
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:47 AM
“I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mrs. Donna Jean Frans. I wanted to share with you a wonderful hope for our future, that has brought me comfort many times. That hope is found in Jehovah God's word the Bible it helps us to  cope with the present, overcome the past and to give us something to strive for so we can walk with determination toward the future. In Isaiah 65:21-23 it says  "They will build houses and live in them, And they will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage. They will not build for someone else to inhabit, Nor will they plant for others to eat. For the days of my people will be like the days of a tree, And the work of their hands my chosen ones will enjoy to the full. They will not toil for nothing, Nor will they bear children for distress..." what a contrast to what we see in the world, can you imagine a time when we will all have everything we need to live? But that hope is real. But why live in a world where we will just eventually die again? The bible answers in John 5:28, 29  it says "..The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, a resurrection of life,.." everyone who has died will be resurrected to a paradise earth and they won't ever die again and we will be able to be there with them! ”
- Grace Stevenson
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 4:08 PM
“Donna was such a sweet lady. Enjoyed her company and her friendship.”
- Chavon Struve
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:40 AM
“Chuck and I are so sad to hear of Deaner's passing. Our classmate get-togethers will not be the same without her smile! We will miss you, Deaner! Prayers for her family and friends.”
- Sue Kabrick Watkins
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:47 AM
“We were very sorry to learn of Donna's passing. She was a wonderful neighbor and we will miss her very much. We always enjoyed visiting with her! When Donna was out feeding the birds, she always shared a few pieces of bread with our dog, Cyrus. He will miss her, too! We are praying for your family. Nicole
Joe and Nicole,
Tim, Ally, Charlie and Trevor Steele”
- Joe and Nicole Steele
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed seeing her at my cousin Nancy's Christmas party. She was such a good friend for Nancy. I always enjoyed seeing your mom too before her passing. Two very lovely ladies. Sharon ”
- Sharon Anderson
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 6:28 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. My sympathy to her family; may God give you all comfort.”
- Julie Tatman
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 12:29 PM
“Many thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. My deepest sympathy.”
- Joan Wimmer
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 10:39 AM
“Donna will be greatly missed by me we were friends for over 40 years. My deepest sympathies to her family.
Dee Thompson”
- Dolores Thompson
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 9:50 AM
“We are very sorry to hear of Donnas passing, she was a very sweet neighbor! We will miss seeing her, as will Rudy. You have our deepest sympathies. Prayers for your family.”
- Gary & Pam Altenhofen
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 8:12 AM
“So sorry to hear this news. Donna was a great neighbor, friend, and helper. ”
- Susan Nothwehr
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