Donna Wetteland
1951 - 2020
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Donna Anne Wetteland
1951-2020
Donna passed away at home, in the comfort of her family, after a brave battle with ALS. She leaves behind Patrick, her husband of nearly 49 years; her children, Michael (Mi'chelle); Timothy (Sara); Shaun; and Kelly (Bill Mason); as well as her brother, William Jr (Roxanne). Donna was preceded in death by her parents, William Sr. and Bette Kovacich, as well as her brother, Ronald. She had nine loving grandchildren: Brett and Ryan Wetteland, Becky, Katie, and Amanda Wetteland and Billy, Haylee, Taylor and Mia Mason.
Long-time residents of San Mateo, Donna's life centered around her children and grandchildren. She and Pat were active members of St. Timothy's Church and School, especially helping with parent club fund raisers and activities, as well as in the sports program as directors and coaches. Donna was also the founder and director of the St. Timothy After School Care Program. Her parish and school activities produced many life-long friends.
Upon their move to Roseville Ca., Donna and Pat devoted their lives to their grandchildren's activities. Her dedication, friendship, and wry sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her.
A celebration of life will be private. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Sacramento ALS Society, 5701 Sunrise Blvd. Citrus Heights, CA 95610


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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Sep. 29 to Oct. 4, 2020.
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October 19, 2020
I think I met Donna once. Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. It is very difficult to lose someone you love very much. I too have had a loss in my life recently. My daughter, Danielle passed away. Her son now lives with me. He will be 20 in December. I will add you and your family on my prayer list. Just remember all the great times you spent with her.
Lynda Gysels Grillo
Acquaintance
October 15, 2020
Dear Pat and Family
I was so sorry to hear about your lost. I'm so glad I had gotten to know Donna from Epiphany and when our sons would play against each other in grammar school and high school. Donna was so easy to talk with.
Your in my thoughts and prayers,
Candie Owen Whooley
Candie Whooley
Friend
October 6, 2020
Pat and family, sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim Moore
James Moore
Friend
October 4, 2020
Mike, Kelly and Family, you have our condolences, and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers
Katie and Chris Cannuli
Friend
October 4, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Pat and your loving family. Thank you for taking care of our kids at extended care at St. Tims. Thank you for opening your home to Nick with his many sleepovers at your house. We will never forget you and your family. Rest in Peace.
Jim and Carolyn Schmierer
Friend
October 4, 2020
Dear Wetteland Family,

We were so saddened to hear of Donna's passing. We are thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Donna was one of our absolute favorite people and we will miss her, terribly. Our first memories of Donna, are at the CA Firefighters Olympics, each summer. We were all there, with a team full of kids, every summer. Donna had her hands full with four little ones, who of course always needed her attention. Donna always found time to chat and always found humor in even the most trying situation. And we loved how she'd laugh right along with you, after making us laugh! We have such fond memories, of Olympic parties in Donna and Pat's San Mateo backyard. She'd smile through it all, as a team full of sweaty, filthy fireman loaded into her hot tub. We had so much fun! It's been such a pleasure to be a part of your family growing up, and now your grandchildren, as well. Donna, you were an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend. We are beyond grateful, that we ran into all of you in Sacramento, last year, at a baseball game, and that I had a chance to have a long conversation with Donna and Kelly. Donna had lost her voice, but we communicated the way we always have, and that twinkle in her eye was there, at every point where she would have cracked a joke, or found humor in a situation, if she'd been able to. I am beyond thankful for that day. To Pat and family - you took amazing care of your amazing wife/mom/grandmother. Thanks for all you did for her. Pat and Kelly - there are no words adequate to express my thoughts. The love and care you provided was beyond amazing. We are here if you need anything. May the wonderful memories you all share of Donna, remain forever in your hearts, and bring you peace. Donna - we will miss you so much, friend! Thank you for your friendship, for the past 40+ years. We are so grateful. May your Rest In Peace.
With love to you all,
Holly and Mike Pera
Holly and Mike Pera
October 3, 2020
Donna was along side of me on every one of the St. Timothy Elementary School Christmas shows. She was always there to do whatever was necessary and always made it lots of fun for the kids (and me)! She was always making people laugh... I think that is what I will remember most about Donna. I send my prayers and sympathy, love and support to her entire family.
Teri Marconi
Coworker
October 3, 2020
Dear Pat, Mike, Tim, Shaun, Kelli and families,

We are still in shock and saddened since we heard of Donna’s passing. We keep with us such fond memories of so many baptisms, birthdays, Christmas times, graduations , weddings, and so many other get togethers we celebrated......and just the everyday life we shared. Donna was so good at making everything memorable! She was such a special person and will be truly missed!

Much Love,
Nancy and Gary Weber
Nancy and Gary Weber
Friend
October 3, 2020
Dear Pat, Mike, Tim, Shaun, Kelli and families,

We are still in shock and saddened since we heard of Donna’s passing. We keep with us such fond memories of so many baptisms, birthdays, Christmas times, graduations , weddings, and so many other get togethers we celebrated......and just the everyday life we shared. Donna was so good at making everything memorable! She was such a special person and will be truly missed!

Much Love,
Nancy and Gary Weber
Nancy and Gary Weber
Friend
October 2, 2020
Donna was such a wonderful person! We will cherish all the great memories we have from St. Tims events....our children always looked forward to going to school because of you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you
Love, Matt, Janie, Matthew and Tayler O’Connor
Janie OConnor
Friend
October 2, 2020
Donna was my best friend in grammar school. I remember fondly how I loved going to her house to play with her Dachshund, Fido Puddles Fifi Kovacich. We always had lots of fun together. My prayers are with her family. Rest in peace, dear Donna.
Christine Franza Salmen
Friend
October 1, 2020
We are so very sorry for the loss and pain you’re all going through. Donna was an amazing woman; she was so fun and smart and could cut to the chase like no other. Our memories are all filled with smiles and laughter and we feel lucky to have known such a special person. Heaven certainly received an amazing angel to watch over you. May God Bless you all.

With Love,
The Ruggiero Family
The Ruggiero Family
Friend
October 1, 2020
I have only the best memories of Donna, that smile, her laugh, those nights sleeping over and terrorizing her home. She always let us boys be boys. God bless her and the family from the bottom of my heart.
Ryan Esposto
Friend
October 1, 2020
Out hearts are heavy , as we learned of Donna’s passing. She lives in in all of you ! We will honor her memory for she was a GIFT to us and so many other families and individuals that she touched throughout her time!
We all our her a debt of thanks for her guidance to so many children over the years !! She surely must be surrounded by LOVE as she waits for the rest of us to join the next life ! R.I.P. Donna ! Steve & I -as well as MIke, Jessica, Johnny & Ben - all send you virtual hugs & prayers for the easing of your pain.
Much love
The Langridge Family
Chris & Steve Langridge
Friend
October 1, 2020
Our hearts are so heavy with grief for you ALL - especially Pat ! We will keep Donna’s memory alive in our hearts as there are TOO many amazing ones to pick from or even list - all the good times and a debt of gratitude for her strength , wisdom and genuine dedication to the CARE and development of not only her own children, but ours and so many others!! May LOVE surround and support you all as you face the void without her ... we know she lives on in you and is at peace with our Lord.
Hopefully she will save us a spot so we can all be together in the next life!
CHris & Steve Langridge
Friend
October 1, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bob Jackson
Friend
October 1, 2020
Dear Wetteland and Kovacich families,
My sincere condolences on the loss of such an ebullient woman. Donna and I went through Epiphany together. I remember with great fondness the ‘Green Stamp Revolt’ led by Donna after a particularly antagonizing volleyball match with St. Agnes. She will surely be organizing something in heaven. Rest In Peace, Donna.
Cathy Borchelt, Class of 1965
Friend
October 1, 2020
I have such fond memories of working with Donna at St. Timothy's and teaching her children. Donna's sense of humor kept me going even during difficult times. We laughed together so many times. Hugs to the Wetteland and Kovacich families.
Patricia Girardi
Friend
October 1, 2020
I have such fond memories of working with , Donna at St. Timothy's and teaching her four children. Her sense of humor was wonderful and kept me laughing even in hard times. Hugs and love sent to the Wetteland and Kovacich Families!
Patricia Girardi
Coworker
October 1, 2020
My y friend for over 40 years! We had the best times ever! Wish we could go back and do them all over again. I am heartbroken. I love you!
Denise Allen
Friend
October 1, 2020
Dear Wetteland and Kovacich family! I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Donna. ALS is a dreaded disease. My heart truly hurts foe you especially those grandchildren. I was neighbors with Wetteland family at Epiphany School. I remember Donna as a sweet girl and always happy. Know you are in my prayers. Fondly Jeanie Scolini Borchelt
Class of 65
Jean Borchelt
Friend
October 1, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of your passing! I have such fond memories of our children playing together or your's babysitting mine. You were a special gift to your husband, children & those at St. Timothy's. I recall many fun parties and your witty sense of humor. Sending loving condolences to your family. May you rest in peace under God's tender, loving care.
Colette Rhodes
Neighbor
September 30, 2020
Donna, you always made all the kids on the block feel welcome in your home. Thank you for many wonderful childhood memories. I know you are above, flying high with your beautiful wings looking over your family. Sending my love and condolences to the Wetteland Family.
Amber Murphy
Neighbor
September 30, 2020
Rest in peace Donna so thankful you are not in any more pain love you
Maureen and Phil
September 30, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sally Gallard Epiphany class of 65
Classmate
September 30, 2020
Pat I did not know Donna well but She obviously was a great Lady. She will always be a big part of You. Your love of her and your family will be a blessing. May God bless You.
Peggy Ward Suchomel
Peggy Ward Suchomel
Friend
September 30, 2020
Our hearts go out to the Wetteland family. Donna was a great lady and so much fun to be around. She was the best After School Care mom. My kids always wanted to hang there because of Mrs. Wetteland. She was a Mom to so many St. Timothy kids. We will miss her.

God Bless,
Hondo, Judy, Danny & Marty
Hondo
Friend
September 30, 2020
Dear Bill and Family so sorry to read of your sister’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers
Sharon Ghilardi-Udovich
Acquaintance
September 30, 2020
Our deepest condolences to you all. We have great memories at St Timothy’s with Donna. We always looked forward to the best Super Bowl parties at the Wettelands. May Donna Rest In Peace. Love to you all.

Mary, Jim and Sean Joyce.
Mary Joyce
Friend
September 30, 2020
Pat and Family,
My heart goes out to you all on your great loss. May she rest now with her Lord.
John Wyman
Friend
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