Donna Joan Schlampp

Donna Joan Schlampp

Donna Joan Schlampp


Donna Joan Schlampp, 89, of Marion, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, in The Views of Marion. The Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, where a visitation will begin at 10 a.m. until service time. The Rev. John Seda will officiate. A luncheon will follow. A private Inurnment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ackley, Iowa, at a later date. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Donna was born on Jan. 17, 1933, in Austinville, Iowa, to Lester and Golda (Carroll) Schlampp. With her parents, Donna moves to the family century farm near Ackley, Iowa, at the age of five. She attended German No. 2 Country School and was the only one in her class for all eight years. She graduated from Ackley High School in 1950.

Between 1950 and 1955, Donna received a B.A. from ISTC (UNI) and taught fifth grade for two years in Garrison, Iowa.

In 1955, she began her 43-year career with the Cedar Rapids Community Schools. Donna taught intermediate grades at Harrison School from 1955 until 1970. She’s received her master’s degree from the University of Colorado/Boulder in 1963. From 1970 to 1979 Donna was media specialist at Tyler School (now Metro) and later at Nixon School from 1979 to 1998. Thus ended 45 years in the field of education.

After retirement, Donna volunteered at Franklin Middle School and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. She often dressed up as Mother Goose and visited schools and libraries. Using her many children’s books and nursery rhyme Christmas ornaments as props, she made many young become believers in knowing the rhymes. She also enjoyed reading, her book clubs, traveling, theater, crossword puzzles and gatherings with family and friends.

Donna is survived by her sister-in-law, Jane of Ackley; and four nephews, Robert of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; Michael of Ackley, Iowa, and his sons, Michael and Nicholas; Steven (Daphne) of Reinbeck and their children, Jeremy and wife Kelsey of Waterloo, Iowa, and Jada of Reinbeck, Iowa; and John (April) of Wellsburg and sons, Austin of Bradford, Iowa, and Mitchell of Ackley, Iowa. She is also survived by a cousin Peggy Smith of Seattle.

She was preceded in death by her parents and younger brother, Robert, in 2005.

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