Donna Mae Lavrenz, 67, of Fond du Lac went to her heavenly home Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Plymouth, Wis., on Oct. 1, 1946, the daughter of the late Gordon and Mary Schramek Ladwig. She graduated in 1964 from St. Mary’s Springs Academy.

On Aug. 29, 1964, she married Darwin Lavrenz at St. John’s Catholic Church in Plymouth.

Donna was a wonderful, kind, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved cooking, baking, gardening, sewing and crafts.

Survivors include her husband, Darwin; two daughters, Deanna “Dea” (John) Zettler and Dawn (Walter) Knifke, both of Fond du Lac; four grandchildren: Jessie, Joshua, Sarah and Eddie; three great-grandchildren: Nora, Emma and Peyton; and three pet cats: Patches, SamyJo and Dusty; one brother, Anthony (Jennifer) Sartori of Appleton; eight sisters: Kay (Jerry) Holbrook of Sibley, Iowa; Vida (Bob) Willins of Manitowoc; Marsha (Tom) Doble of Manassas, Va.; Beth (Tony) Schultz of Plymouth; Ann (Walter) Buss of Plymouth; Mary (Michael) Counter of Appleton; Laura Schmidt of Spring Green and Lisa (Kevin) Bigsby of Johnson Creek; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Gordon Ladwig; mother, Mary “Midge” Ladwig Sartori; stepfather, Guido B. Sartori; one brother, Louis (Carol) Sartori and son-in-law, Tony Uttendorfer.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the funeral home. The family will receive relatives and friends Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Twohig Funeral Home, 305 Fond du Lac Ave., Fond du Lac.

Online guestbook and condolences are at

The family would like to thank the Aurora Hospice for the wonderful care they provided for Donna.

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