Donna Mae Herron, of Lake City, 89, passed away Feb. 13, 2014.
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She was born in Lake City on June 5, 1924, the only child of Clarence and Mary (Roper) Buck. She grew up in Lake City and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942. As a teenager, she loved to roller skate at local rinks. She attended Winona Business School. She worked in Chicago for the U.S. Treasury Dept. War Bond Dept. steno pool. She moved to Monrovia, Calif., and was an office worker in the Traffic Dept. of Day and Night Mfg. Co., which made war supplies for the Navy. Following World War II, she returned to Lake City and was Superintendent Karow's secretary at Lincoln High School.
On Oct. 19, 1946, she and LaVern Herron, of Lake City, were married and were blessed with the gift of four children. Following four years of Army service, LaVern worked at the Herron Chevrolet in Lake City for his father and uncle. In 1970, he and Clifford Sogla bought the car dealership. The business was a family business for over 50 years.
Donna was active in Campfire Girls as a leader and council member and den mother for Boy Scout Troop 94. She and her husband enjoyed being involved in their children's activities at school and church. She had also been an Avon representative for over 30 years.
She was a lifelong member of St John's Lutheran Church, a member of the Ladies Aid and past member of the Missionary Society and Altar Guild. She was a member of the Lake City Woman's Club and a 65-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and past president. While president, she and Agnes Koch, of Winona, the national president of Gold Star Mothers, organized the Lake City unit of Gold Star Mothers and Wives.
Donna and LaVern enjoyed life together with family, golf, playing cards, snowmobiling and dancing. Also traveling in their RV and attending auto conventions. Following their retirement, they spent winters in Texas and Arizona.
LaVern passed away July 17, 1992. Donna's son, Daniel, passed away Jan. 29, 2010, at the age of 47, leaving a wife and three children.
Donna is survived by three children, Thomas (JacLynn) Herron, of New Brighton, Susan Long, of Lake City, and Janet (Jim) Schmidt, of Lake City; one daughter-in-law, Jean Herron, of Appleton, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, son, infant daughter, two infant grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A celebration of Donna's life will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Mahn Family Funeral Home Anderson-Peterson Chapel Lake City. A private family burial will be held at St. John's Cemetery at a later date.
Online condolences may be placed at mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Mahn Family Funeral Home
1022 West Lyon Avenue
Lake City, MN 55041
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Feb. 15, 2014