Donna Marie Sawatzke, Maple Lake


Donna Marie Sawatzke, age 85, of rural Maple Lake, passed away at her residence on Sept. 24, 2013.
She was born in Maple Lake on April 3, 1928, the daughter of Louie and Marie (Hansen) Cantin. On May 24, 1952, she married Floyd Sawatzke at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. Their marriage was blessed with five children.
Donna’s biggest enjoyment was spending time with her children and grandchildren and playing cards with her grandchildren. She truly enjoyed baking.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Floyd Sawatzke; children, Patricia (Gregg) Olson, Gerald (Mary Jo) Sawatzke, Michael (Jodi) Sawatzke, Charlie Sawatzke and Deborah (Wally) Lanars; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, James Cantin; sisters, Mary Ann Schwab and Delores Rand; other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers: Art Cantin, Robert Cantin, Jerry Cantin, Francis Cantin and Morrie Cantin.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo. 
Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the church. Further visitation was one hour prior to Mass at the church.
Honorary casket bearer was Joshua Hanson. Casket bearers were David Sawatzke, Andrew Blackstone, Joel Blackstone, Zachary Lanars, Lucas Lanars and Logan Sawatzke.
Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery, Maple Lake.  
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at