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OBIT: Donna L. Umbarger

This news story was published on December 27, 2018.
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Donna Lu Umbarger, 84, of Mason City, our beautiful loving Mother, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, December 10th, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

A funeral mass will be held 10:30 A.M., Friday, December 14th at Epiphany Parish St. Joseph Catholic Church, 302 5th St. S.E., in Mason City. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Donna’s beautiful life. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania, in Mason City with a Catholic Daughters of America rosary at 6:30 P.M. followed by a Vigil service.

Memorials may be directed to Newman Catholic School in Donna’s name.

Donna was born on November 21st, 1934 in Mason City, IA to Raymond and Bonita (Shire) Determan. She was a graduate of Clark College in Dubuque, IA. She was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Umbarger on June 26, 1965 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mason City. She will be remembered as a faithful, devoted, hardworking, caring and selfless wife, mother and grandma. Donna was a dedicated, loving and generous person who loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She cherished her time with her Sorority Sisters of Beta Sigma Phi for over 64 years. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters for many years and an active and dedicated member of Epiphany Parish St. Joseph Catholic Church. Donna spent many years at Interstate Power, the Tupperware Distribution Center and Allied Purchasing. After retiring, she spent over 20 years volunteering at Mercy Hospital Gift Shop. She also spent many years at the Hy-Vee East Bakery sharing her sweet samples out.

Donna is survived by her children, Carey Umbarger of Garner, IA, Ray (Kellie) Umbarger of Gilbert, AZ, Bobbi Thomas of West Des Moines, IA and Eric Umbarger of Grimes, IA; siblings, Sr. Bonita of Dubuque, IA, Sr. Rayanne of Mason City, IA and Sr. Donna of Dubuque, IA; grandchildren, Gabriel, Grady and Samuel Umbarger of Garner, IA, Lindsay Umbarger of Gilbert, AZ, Taylor and Isaiah Thomas of West Des Moines, IA, Lindzie (Matt) Wyborny of Mason City, IA and Sydney, Jacob and Grace Umbarger of Grimes, IA; and great-grandchildren, Brody and Charlee of Mason City, IA.

Donna was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert “Bob” Umbarger; and parents, Raymond and Bonita Determan.

The family would like to sincerely thank the caregivers in the CCU at Mercy Hospital and the staff at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit for their compassionate efforts in her care.

A special thank you from Carey, Ray, Bobbi and Eric to our friends and relatives who gave of themselves and their time spent with us. Your support and compassion were truly an inspiration.

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