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Donna Presuhn

July 22, 1935 — September 19, 2022

Donna Presuhn, 87, of Bridgewater passed away on Sept. 19th at the Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, Sept. 26th at 10:30 am a the Zion Lutheran Church of Bridgewater. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Sunday, Sept. 25th at the church with a prayer service at 7 pm.  

Donna Marie Presuhn was born July 22, 1935, to Walter Hans and Lillian Delores (Janssen) Scharffenberg in Bridgewater SD. She married William E. (Bill) Presuhn on May 6, 1954 at Zion Lutheran Church in Bridgewater SD. She passed away at Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater SD, on September 19, 2022 at the age of 87.

Donna grew up around Bridgewater and attended school in the Bridgewater area, graduating from Bridgewater High School in 1953. Most of her life she lived on a farm 2 miles east & 1 mile north of Bridgewater, later the family moved down the road to the south about 1 mile. While in high school, Donna worked some weekends and weekday noon hours at Dean Shanes café. She also worked at Ben’s Café and then at the First State Bank after graduating from High School. After marriage, she helped Bill with the farming, insurance, and tax business. She has been a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church, and spent many years singing in the choir, superintendent of the Sunday School and also directed the Christmas Program. She enjoyed being a 4-H leader for many years.

Donna loved being surrounded by family and friends. She enjoyed the summers camping with her family and friends and traveling south to Arizona in the winter for several months out of the year.

Donna is survived by her three daughters; Joan (Jim) Julson, Nancy (Lee) Weber, and Kay (Chuck) Addy all of Bridgewater, SD., seven grandchildren; Chad (Andrea) Addy, Bethany Weber, Nicole (Derek) Valnes, Michael Weber, Brian (Kendra Tomaszewski – fiancé) Julson, Stacy (Aron) Kouril and Brandon Julson, twelve great-grandchildren; Emma & Brinley Addy, Elise, Aida & Della Valnes, Isaac & Hannah Weber, Giovani Julson & Zaviah Tomaszewski, Kennedy, Carter & Kobey Kouril. She is also survived by her two brothers Ron Scharffenberg and Ivan (Jackie) Scharffenberg, two brother-in-laws Aldon (Barb) Meirose and Donald Dorale and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her parents Walter & Lillian Scharffenberg, sisters Lila Meirose, Colleen Jucht, Jean Dorale and brother-in-law Verle Jucht, sister-in-law Geraldine Scharffenberg and nephew Ross Scharffenberg.

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