Donna M. (Mann) Hermanson, died peacefully the evening of August 31, 2016 at the Sanford Health Sunset Drive Continuing Care Center due to complications following a stroke she suffered in November 2015. She was born August 8, 1933 in Mandan to Michael and Viola (Miller) Mann.
Donna married the love of her life, John Hermanson on October 3, 1953. Together, they created a beautiful and loving home for their five children. She was an astute lover of literature who inspired a passion for reading and learning in her children. Donna and John had a life and home filled with music, and their children relished the parties attended by their parents' wide circle of talented friends. Guitars, singing and laughter rang out late into many of those evenings. She considered the members of the Bismarck-Mandan Elks Chorus to be like a second family, and enjoyed the many trips to hear them (and her Johnny) perform.
Donna was a tireless worker from the time she was young, and devoted her energy to her immaculate home, as well as working outside the home in many professions. Her most recent job was as a bailiff for the Morton County court system, a position which she thoroughly enjoyed until her retirement at age 80.
Although she was a proud lifelong resident of Mandan, Donna also traveled widely during her life. In addition to traveling throughout the US, she and John also spent time abroad, including Hong Kong and mainland China, Norway and Denmark, the Bahamas, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Donna was a member of Spirit of Life Church and an active supporter of many charities. She is survived by her adored and adoring husband John, her four loving daughters Jane (Joe) Barbeau of Los Altos, CA, Sandy Jacobs of Phoenix, AZ, Laura Hermanson of Mandan, and Karen (Tim) Kautzman of Colstrip, MT, and her six grandchildren Jordan and Jack Barbeau, Jeff and Mark Jacobs, and Megan (Shawn) Alder and Emily Kautzman. Her son Steven, to whom she devoted great care, predeceased her in 2015. Also surviving are her brothers Del (Eileen) Mann, and Conrad (Kathy) Mann and their families, her goddaughter Paulette Bob) Bullinger, as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the incredibly compassionate caregivers at Sanford on Sunset who provided such loving support to Donna and her family over the last difficult and yet at times, laughter filled, months. A vigil will be held at Weigel Funeral Home in Mandan at 7:00pm on Monday September 5th, and a funeral service will take place at Spirit of Life Church in Mandan on Tuesday September 6th at 10:30 am, followed by a lunch at the church. A private inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Donna's honor to Aid Incorporated, 314 West Main Ave, Mandan ND 58554 or to a charity of the donor's choosing.