Donna Kelly, 78

April 23, 1945 —
April 29, 2023
CRESCO - Donna M. Kelly, age 78, of Cresco, Iowa, died on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at Accura HealthCare in Cresco.
Visitationwill be held from 12-1 p.m., on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, followed by a Scripture Service for the family at 1 p.m.
Donna was born on April 23, 1945, to Harold and Helen (Randak) Craft in Cresco. She grew up in rural Cresco through the age of 14. She attended country school until the school closed when she was in second grade. She then attended St. Joseph school and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1964. 
During high school, Donna worked in the dietary department at the hospital in Cresco. After high school, she worked in the dietary department for St. Marys Hospital, and then transferred to Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At this time, she met Frank Kelly, and they were married on June 15, 1968 in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union, four children were born.
During their time together, the couple lived in Mabel, Minn. for a short time, before moving to Cresco, and then to Manchester, Iowa. When Frank passed away, Donna moved back to Cresco. She decided to go back to college and earned a clerical degree from NICC in 1989. 
She also worked in the meat department at Fareway in Cresco, and then in the kitchen of the Cresco hospital from 1997-2012. Most recently, she retired from Donaldsons after 10 years. 
In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and bowling. She loved being outdoors and out on the farm. She was known as “Grandma Donna” at Kwik Star, as she was always bringing in treats for the staff.
Donna is survived by her children, Kevin Kelly of Eyota, Minn., Pat Kelly of Spring Valley, Minn. and Dawn (Terry) Gossman of Cresco; grandchildren, Grayden Anderson, Kyler Kelly, Blayne Kildahl, Easton Gossman and Alivia Gossman; and siblings, Roger Craft (Di Kovarik), Harold Craft Jr., Ruth (Dave) Shimek and Diane (Steve) Gradhandt.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Rebecca; sisters, Connie Craft and Carol Burke; and nephew, Daniel James Shimek.

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