Donna Thielbar, 83, of Moorhead, MN, passed away peacefully Monday, April 1, 2019, in Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.
Myrtle Donna Mae Eide was born December 24, 1935, to Melvin and Bessie Eide, at home in Crystal, ND. While growing up, she was a caregiver for many of the families in the area and also looked after her younger siblings while her parents worked. In the 1950s she worked as a nanny in Oklahoma and around 1960, she began working for Borden Foods Potato Flake processing facility in Park River and Grafton, ND.
On February 10, 1966, Donna married Robert Thielbar Sr. in Cavalier, ND. They moved to Moorhead in 1976, and Donna stayed home to raise her eight children. In the late 1980s she began working as a cook at Sunset Lanes in Moorhead. She moved to Grafton in 1994, to be close to her siblings and in 2008, she moved into Halstad Living Center, where she could be cared for after the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.
Donna enjoyed sewing, crafting with plastic canvas, listening to polka and country music, playing board games, bingo, slot machines, and baking her famous homemade buns and rolls. Most of all she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her four sons and four daughters, Jolene (Steve) Ketchmark of Bloomington, MN, Robert Jr., Lonnie, and Douglas (Debbie) all of Fargo, ND, Karianne of Stanton, ND, Mark (Lori) and Jeanette, both of Moorhead, MN, and Barbara (Rhea) of Boise, ID; fourteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers and five sisters, Francis, Marvin, Doris (Lowell) Lene, Shirley (Leroy) Dolney, Carol, Kenneth, Sharon (Robert) Mason, and Roberta (Allen) Dinkel; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Bessie; her brother, Donald; and her grandson, Sam.
Memorials and Sympathy Cards may be sent to The Thielbar Family, c/o Korsmo Funeral Service, 409 8th St. S, Moorhead, MN 56560.
A Private Family Service will be held for Donna.
(Korsmo Funeral Service, Moorhead, MN)