Her visitation will be from 10:00 – 12 noon on Friday, November 23, 2012 at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Boyden, Iowa with further Funeral Services to be held at 2:00pm Saturday, November 24th at the Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield, SD. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Zell, SD.
Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com
Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Boyden, Iowa.
Donna Jean Zens the daughter of Otto and Marian (Hawke) Hansen was born October 15, 1932 in Redfield, South Dakota. She attended country school and later school in Doland, South Dakota. On December 28, 1963 she was united in marriage to Eugene Zens in Redfield, South Dakota. After their marriage the couple lived in South Dakota, Boyden, Iowa, Blaine, Minnesota before returning to Boyden, Iowa where the couple lived for many years. She worked as a waitress and for many years as a babysitter caring for many babies and small children in the family. Her husband preceded her in death on January 14, 2000 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She remained in Boyden until entering the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull, Iowa several days ago. She passed away at Pleasant Acres on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 reaching the age of 80 years, 1 month and 5 days.
She enjoyed her time babysitting, spending time camping with her husband at Lake Shetek and playing cards.
Donna leaves to cherish her memory her brothers and sisters, Joyce and her husband, John Jansen of Ashton, South Dakota; Lyle and his wife, Mildred Hansen of Yakima, Washington; Lester and his wife, Joan Hansen of Boyden, Iowa and Carol and her husband, Oscar Woodfork of Redfield, South Dakota; also many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; her parents, Otto and Marian; one sister, Bernadine and her husband, Lloyd Lewis.