Barnes, Donna Age 87 died peacefully on November 19, 2022, surrounded by family. Born in southwestern Minnesota, she moved to St. Paul and earned a B.Ed. from the University of Minnesota, and later an M.A., focusing on educational administration, from the University of Saint Thomas. Known to many for her years of service to the Minnesota educational system. Proud of her Norwegian heritage, Donna was an ardent student of Norway's history, culture, and language. Remembered for her humble intelligence, storytelling, and unwavering love and passion for her grandchildren. Donna was predeceased by her daughter Dawn K. McDowell, her brother Dale Hendrickson, and her dear and long-time friend, Don Bauman. She is survived by her daughter Dara Northfield, son Davis Barnes, sons-in-law Mark Northfield and John McHugh, daughter-in-law Diana Barnes, and sister-in-law Linda Hendrickson. Donna was Nana to Kaarin Birch (Jeremy), Neil Northfield (Jessica), and Brooke Northfield (Zach Musolf) and Grandma Donna to Diana's sons, Brenden (April) and Jaeson (Brittney) Otjen. Donna was Granana to 8 great grandchildren. Donna will also be missed by her many family members, friends, and colleagues in Minnesota and across the United States and Canada. An open house to share memories will be held in Donna's honor, Sunday December 4, 2022, 1-4 pm, 10222 Mississippi Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, MN If desired, donations in Donna's memory can be made to Minnesota Public Television and Radio and/or your local food shelf.
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