January 7, 1931 - December 26, 2021
The funeral service celebrating the life of Donabelle “Donna” Denny will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, at the Verndale Alliance Church. Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Donabelle (Coleman) Denny, longtime resident of Verndale, MN, passed away at the age of 90, on December 26, 2021 at the Lakewood Care Center in Staples, MN. Donabelle “Donna” was born to John and Alma (Overby) Coleman on January 7, 1931, in Staples, MN. Donna married Lee Denny on March 30, 1951. They had 5 children; Rick (Brenda) Denny of Otsego, MN; Ronnie (Robin) Denny of St. Cloud, MN; Shari (Brad) Schmidt of Decatur, TX; Roger (Candy) Denny of Crystal, MN; and Randy (Juli) Denny of Shoreview, MN. Donna spent her life devoting her time, love and attention to all of her family and friends. Her life was centered around her children and grandchildren including supporting them in every step. She was loved and adored by multiple generations of Verndale Pirate and Bison athletes as she was ever present in her “Verndale green” sitting in the front row cheering them on. She enjoyed baking pies, family events with intense card games, and watching sports throughout her lifetime. Donna was also quite famous for spontaneous conversations with random strangers! Donna’s first job was working at Booner’s Soda Bar in 1949, and then at National Tea. She was employed at Miller True Value in Staples from 1974-1990, working alongside her sister, Juanita and brother-in-law Derald. She was a long time member of the Verndale Christian Missionary Alliance church, serving in the Awana program, and as a Sunday School teacher to show Christ’s love to the next generations. Donna was a member of the Verndale Auxiliary Club and was also in the “Birthday Club” for over 60 years. She will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her 11 grandchildren and 3 (soon to be 4) great-grandchildren; She is also survived by many relatives and friends. Donna was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Lee (2018); parents, John and Alma; siblings DeVon Coleman, Iris Tidball, John Coleman, and Bob Rollins. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren: Nick and Nathan Denny, Adrian Welle, Chelsea Denny, Zach and Ciara Aydt, Tyler and Kelsey Schmidt, Jackson, Raegan and Lauren Denny Honorary Pallbearers: Dennis Miller, Huck Holst, Paul Seaton, Dan Carr, Mark Callahan, Jim Runyan, Dick Finck, and Birthday Club members: Avis Paulsen, Judy Schultz, Judy Bounds, JoAnn Anderson, Ruth Anderson, JoAnn Thurston, Marladene Heinen, Darlene Kniesl, Roberta Brinkman, Diane Hahn and Noni Stone. Burial will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Verndale, MN.
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