Donna Mae Qualey

Donna Mae

     Donna Mae (Mrs. Melvin) Qualey, age 79, of Faribault, died on Sunday, April 20, 2008 at her home.
     Obituaries of those who die from cancer oftentimes state she died after a courageous fight. Others state she died after a valiant fight. Donna wanted to state: After over four years of extensive chemotherapy treatments for stage four ovarian cancer, she was tired, her luck ran out, and the cancer beat her.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church, Faribault, with the Reverend David Hurtt officiating. Interment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault.
    Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 22nd from 4 to 8 p.m. and also at the church on Wednesday for one hour prior to the service.
     Donna Mae Ann Olson, the daughter of Gerhard and Agnes (Reese) Olson, was born on September 19, 1928 in Hartland. She married Melvin L. “Mel” Qualey on September 21, 1947 in Albert Lea. He preceded her in death on June 12, 2001. She was employed by School District 656 for 21 years and enjoyed being the hostess at Hardees in Faribault for 13 years, showing her passion for people both young and old. She was an avid bridge player and was a member of River Bend Nature Center of Faribault. She was currently serving as chairperson of the altar guild.
     She is survived by one daughter, Cheryl (and Jim) Flom of Owatonna; one son, Scott (and Lisa) Qualey of Faribault; three grandchildren Ryan Flom, Tara Qualey and Aaron Qualey; one great grandson Ayden Qualey who have been the light of her life; and one brother, Gerald (and Devonna) Olson of Amery, Wisconsin.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Mel; her parents; one brother, Duane Olson and one sister, Ruth Nelson.
    Donna thanks all of you who were a part of her and shared her zest for life. Donna said it was great and she would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
    God Bless her memory
 

Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below



Name:
Mary Lipinski
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Date:
Wednesday April 23, 2008

Memories

I've known and respected Donna through her involvement in the community but fell in love with this woman who could make my son's day when he saw her during senior high lunch break. I knew she was keeping an eye on him and his friends. He came home from work late last night with a chicken sandwich from Hardee's and I had to tell him Donna had gone. I don't think he'll ever eat at Hardee's without remembering her. My son, Matt, was one of the young people Donna graced with her love of life. She has found a place in his heart and in mine. Thank you. God bless, Donna.


Name:
Darrell & Laurel Phelps
Email:
dlfelps@msn.com
Date:
Tuesday April 22, 2008

Memories

Donna was a delight to my husband, a Wenger trucker who stopped at Hardees everyday for breakfast. He enjoyed visiting with Donna, her spirit was infective & loved by all. Part of the reason he stopped, was Donna! Of course that didn't help his heart, but he & the other driver so appreciated her. She will be missed. Laurel


Name:
Bill Schmidt
Email:
schmidtbill47@hotmail.com
Date:
Tuesday April 22, 2008

Memories

I just wanted you all to know how much Donna was cherished by so many people. I knew Donna from my association with the Faribalt Public Schools over the years, and also as a customer at Hardee's. What a perfect job for Donna!! She was the ultimate in a hostess, always upbeat, greeting everyone so warmly and making the 'fast-food experience' actually enjoyable. I had been aware of her health concerns, but did not realize their extent. I am sorry for your loss. Donna was indeed a special person. I will miss her, being able to visit with her and her always cheery demeanor. My sincere condolences to all of you as you mourn her passing. Peace to all of you. Bill Schmidt