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LaDonna M. Lassen

LaDonna M. Lassen

LaDonna M. Lassen age 69 of Menomonie, died Friday February 1, 2019 at American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

LaDonna was born October 6, 1949.  She was the daughter of Arnold W. and Marion H. (Fischer) Bundy.  LaDonna was born into a family of nine siblings and two loving parents with limited means.  She attended grade school and high school in Elmwood.  School was difficult for her but with the help and encouragement of her teachers and classmates in her small town school, she received her high school diploma in 1968.

After high school, LaDonna worked for several years in a laundry and then as CAN.  She was forced to stop working in 2008 due to mounting health problems.  Her health further declined as she began thrice weekly dialysis in 2013.  In the spring of 2018 she was found to have widely metastatic cancer.  She thoughtfully declined treatment for this devastating, terminal disease.  LaDonna continued on with life until days prior to her death, when she terminated her dialysis and accepted the inevitable.

LaDonna faced her challenges in life with courage and resignation.  She viewed her failed marriage as a learning experience and did not lament her seemingly unfair lot in life.  She commented that her mother always told her that she was the child she did not need to worry about as she would always be able to take care of herself.

LaDonna is survived by many family members and friends who give thanks to her for her enduring lessons in resilience and personal strength.

Per LaDonna’s wishes, there will be no formal services.

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com


  1. Sherri Dick

    I just found out today, April 3, that sweet LaDonna has gone over the rainbow. She had married my brother years ago and was maid of honor at my wedding. We worked together at the nursing home in Lewiston and oh, how I wish I could have been by her side as she was ill. We lost touch over the years but I've never forgotten her. It feels like a arrow went through my heart as I learned of her leaving us completely. She was the most gentle, smart, funny, dependable, honest, wonderful and loving person ever! I wish I could have held her hand and let her know she is never forgotten. And just in case her brother would like to know, there are plenty of people in this area that remember her yet and also are grieving. May she rest in forever peace!

  2. Steven schultz

    Sorry to hear the loss of LaDonna. The Bundy family was a great neighbor as both our families farmed in the Exile community.

  3. Amy Cady

    Rest in peace LaDonna. You were such a gentle soul. You are finally free of pain. My sympathies to the Bundy family.

  4. Barb Freiberg

    I remember LaDonna in grade school and then she worked at the Elmwood Nursing Home as a CNA. I always enjoyed her good sense of humor and feisty attitude. I hope in her forever home, she is at peace. Love to all of her family.

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