Donna Horkey, 1940-2017

Published 1:00 am Saturday, November 25, 2017

A memorial service for Donna M. Horkey will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bonnerup Funeral chapel in Albert Lea. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newry Township.

Donna passed away Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community. She was 77.

Donna Horkey

Donna M. (Gruis) Horkey was born April 21, 1940, to Ernest and Hessie (Anderson) Gruis in Geneva. She grew up in Geneva.

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On Dec. 31, 1957, she was united in marriage to Robert Horkey. To this union, three children were born. The family would live in Geneva, Owatonna, Hollandale and Albert Lea. Donna was a member of St Mary’s and St. Theodore Catholic Churches.

Donna worked as a certified nurse’s aide for Good Samaritan Society for over 20 years. She also worked as a home health care aide for many years.

Donna had a vast collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia. In her free time, she liked to attend bowling league with her friends and was a very good cook, fudge being her specialty. Donna loved her family and cherished every moment she was able to spend with them, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always had a positive attitude, but was not afraid to tell you how it is.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; both parents, Ernest and Hessie; mother- and father-in-law Otto and Helen.

Donna is survived by her children Bernadine (Brad) Graves of Alden, Colleen Schreiber of Albert Lea and Shelleen (Robert) Harkner of Wichita, Kansas; grandchildren Jennifer Aarback, Melissa Graves, Donald Graves, Barbara (Jake) Payne, Nicholas (Melissa) Schreiber and June (Jason) Dickey; great-grandchildren Michael, Matthew, Katie, Paradise, Kenny, Marisa, MaKayla, Jeffrey, Jacob, Gisele, Madeline, Jasmine, Julia, LeAnna, Jason, Nathan and Jessica; siblings Caroline Abrego, Beverly (Leo) Arygos and Mary Lou Lardo; a sister-in-law, JoAnn Horkey; as well as many other loving relatives and friends.