Donna Hoaglan

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Independence - Donna Darlene Hoaglan, 73, of Independence, Iowa, passed away on February 28, 2010, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence with her family by her side during a short illness.
Donna was born May 28, 1936, in La Porte City, Iowa. Her mother was Emma Gross and her father was Albert Gross.
Donna joined the US Air Force in 1954 where she worked as a nurse's aide and played baseball and basketball for various USAF base women's teams.
Donna was married to Cato Louis Hoaglan at St. John's Catholic Church in Independence on August 16, 1958. Donna enjoyed her family, cooking and canning, raising a big garden, spoiling her grandson and being a wood carver and attending shows and competitions with Cato. She loved meeting people at the wood carving clubs and shows and made many friends. She was a long time member of the northeast Iowa Woodcarvers Club in Waterloo.
Donna and Cato are blessed with a loving family: Daughters/Son-in-law: Cynthia L. Drafahl of Independence, Cristina L. and Paul A. Leonard of Iowa City, Jamie J. Hoaglan of Independence and beloved grandson, Jesse L. Drafahl of Independence.
Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Emma and Albert, brothers, John and Forrest Ray, sisters and her granddaughter Emily L. Drafahl.
Donna is survived by her husband, daughters, son-in-law, grandson and half brothers/sisters, Pam Den Herder, Bruce Gross, Brent Gross, and Randi Bjerke.
Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at the White Funeral Home in Independence with Sharon Bainbridge officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Independence.
White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call for visitation from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 2nd, at the funeral home. On line condolences may be left at Visit our guestbook at

Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Mar. 3 to Mar. 6, 2010