Donna Colleen Monk, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Elmhurst Commons in Braham. She was 92 years old.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, January 3, 2022 at the Christina Lake Lutheran Church (22155 County Rd 24 NW, Evansville, MN 56326) with Pastor Bob Holmbeck officiating.
VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the Lake View Cemetery near Detroit Lakes in the spring of 2022.
Donna Colleen Monk departed this life on earth on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the age of 92, passing away peacefully in Hospice care after numerous loving visits with all her children and several grandchildren.
Donna was born to Allie and Anna (Nord) Johnson on May 11, 1929 in Vining, MN. She graduated with honors from Evansville High in 1947. She met her husband John “Jack” Monk while she was working in Fargo. They were married on March 31, 1947 and raised 9 children together. They lived in more than 15 different houses, moving around Minnesota and North Dakota, with even a short stay in Alaska. In each house Donna managed to make a memorable home, raising her family with love and devotion. Their home was always open to anyone. Many called her “Mom”; among them step children, Rodney “Ron” Monk of Fargo and Sheldon, Juanne, and John, now deceased.
Donna suffered hardships and heartaches in her life, including the devastating deaths of three of her sons in separate accidents. Throughout everything Donna remained a shining example of faith in God with a gentle heart.
Donna was baptized in the Covenant Church in Vining MN. She took Jesus as her savior as a child and reaffirmed this in adult baptism at the Golden Ridge Chapel in Fargo. In her later years she became a true prayer warrior, willing and able to listen and pray through any troubles that anyone would share with her.
During her life Donna’s interests included gardening and canning, raising Husky dogs, reading, Bible study, baking her famous bread, enjoying children, the outdoors and everything that life sent her way.
Donna leaves behind two brothers, Ralph (Bonnie) Johnson of Evansville and Jerry (Carolyn) Johnson of Melby; one sister Carolyn (Roger) Vasek of Hutchinson; a sister-in-law Dolly Johnson of Dilworth and a foster brother Glen Smith of Evansville. Also mourning her passing are three daughters, Sandy (John) Williams of Lester Prairie, Wanda Bednar (Mike) of Stewart, and Twyla (Curtis) Christian of Pine City; three sons, Ted Monk of Lester Prairie, David Monk (Vickie) of Vergas and Ken Monk (Jennifer) of Isanti. Donna also leaves 15 grandchildren and many great and great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are Donna’s husband Jack; her parents; six siblings, Arvid Johnson, June Zickur, Spencer Johnson, Mavis Martin, Dennis Johnson and Lynwood Johnson. Also awaiting her in heaven are her three beloved sons, Harold “Toby”, William “Bill”, and Joel Monk; and an infant great-great grandson Noah Williams.
Donna Colleen Monk will be greatly missed. We look forward to being reunited with her someday. She asked to let everyone know that they too can be sure of seeing her again by seeking Jesus, who gives eternal life.