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Donna M. Heit

Donna M. Heit

Donna M. Heit, age 76 of Menomonie, died unexpectedly on Tuesday January 24, 2023, at her home in the Township of Lucas. 

Donna was born October 7, 1946, in Durand, WI.  She was the 11th of 13 children of Henry and Annabel (Komro) Fedie and grew up in the Lima community.  Donna graduated from Durand High School in 1964.  She married Donald Heit in 1964.  They purchased a farm in the Downsville area in 1965.  Donna worked the farm alongside her husband and four children, doing milking, field work, gardening, etc.  She loved sowing the seeds, nurturing the plants/crops, and reaping the benefits of the harvest.  Throughout the years, they improved the property significantly and managed a successful dairy operation.  Donna was a steward of the land and a very hard worker.  She was meticulous and took great pride in any project that she undertook.  Donna also worked at Downsville Grocery, Menomonie Garden Center, Stout Food Service, 3M, KOLPAK, and Westwind Graphics. 

Donna enjoyed many hobbies.  She was passionate about her gorgeous perennial beds and gardens.  She was an avid canner and baker.  She made the best dill pickles, poppyseed bread, and Scotcheroos in the county.  She loved all animals but especially loved watching and feeding the birds during all seasons.  Donna’s family was extremely important to her.  She enjoyed outings and gatherings with her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.   

Donna is survived by her children, Dawn (Brian) Christianson of Menomonie, Julie (Patrick) Fiege of Menomonie, Jill (John) Erickson of Plum City, Daniel J. Heit of Menomonie; nine grandchildren, Bethany (Kevin) Hasse, Brittany (Josh) Eckert, Cody Christianson, Josh (Amy Bolin) Fiege, Jackie (Nick) Buerger, Nate (Emma Welch) Fiege, Sam Erickson, Janessa and Daisy Heit, seven great grandchildren, Emmett & Lynley Fiege, Dexter & Kendall Eckert, Sawyer Heit,  Samantha Hasse & Brooklyn Buerger; six sisters; Verena Sapp, Doris Drier, Rose Marie Richardson, Helen Feeney, LaVina Gifford, Annette (Dan) Schwab; three brothers, Daniel (Sue) Fedie, Henry Fedie Jr., Robert (Audrey) Fedie Sr.; sisters-in-law, Arlene Fedie, Gloria Fedie & Peggy Fedie; many nieces, nephews and other relatives, her special friend Roger Wieland, her dog, Zoey, Charlie the cat,  and many other friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, former husband, Don; three brothers, Anthony, Francis, and Arnold Fedie and several sibling-in-laws.      

The family would like to thank the 911 dispatcher, the Menomonie EMT's and the Dunn Co. Sherrif's Dept. for their help.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday February 3, 2023, at the Durand Rod & Gun Club followed by a Celebration of Life from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.


  1. Ken Stewart

    So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. I grew up on a neighboring farm to the Heit farm, she was such a kind and passionate person. Deepest sympathies to the family.

  2. Gloria Fedie

    Thinking of you in this time of loss and asking God to tenderly care for your deepest needs. With heartfelt Sympathy- Gloria

  3. Paula Meixner

    So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Rest In Peace, Donna.

  4. Diane Mccay

    Aunt Donna will be missed by all who knew and loved her. I am so glad we had our time together this summer with a visit from her and Jill. Sending love, hugs and prayers to Dawn, Julie, Jill and Danny and her sisters and brothers.

  5. Roger and Nancy Steinmeyer

    So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy ????

  6. Cheri Heit Allen

    You are in my prayers.

  7. Patrick David Nehl

    Gone too soon, but in the glow of the Lord. What a great visit from you and Jill last summer. You are missed. Peace be with you.

  8. Verena Sapp

    My dear Sister Donna, you always were a hard worker, now may you rest in peace with the Lord. I will miss you, but you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Becky Petfalski

    Sending prayers for the family at this very difficult time. I was sad to hear about Aunt Donna's passing and she will be greatly missed.

  10. Allan and Pat Baier

    To Dawn, Julie, Jill and Dan:
    Please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother, Donna. We have years of memories from the days when our kids were so small and needing babysitters. Our deer hunting adventures are still talked about. Yes, the good old days. Please know that your families are in our prayers during this difficult time. Pat and Al

  11. Shayne & Kelly Jo Phillips

    Dawn, Julie, and Donnie
    Our heart are heavy for you at this time. I pray for your strength and peace. I pray for comfort in knowing that one day you will be reunited in heaven and there will be no more tears and sadness. Sending our love, Kelly Jo (Prissel ) Phillips.

  12. Liz & Jack Jensen

    We were so sad to hear about Aunt Donna's passing. Holding you all close in our hearts. Love, Liz & Jack Jensen

  13. Dan & Tina Williams

    So sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure meeting her. Prayers for all the family ????????????.

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