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May 28, 1930 – August 7, 2021

Donna Mae Plaisance (Hoke), age 91, formerly of Robbinsdale, MN.  Born on May 28, 1930 and passed away on August 7, 2021.

She was the former GE girl in the small electronics department at Dayton’s in downtown Minneapolis.   She then started as a substitute cook in Robbinsdale School District # 281 and worked her way up ending her twenty-six-year career as the Assistant Food Service Director for the school District.   She retired in 1992.

She loved camping which she and Bob did all over the United States, with her favorite spot at Two Harbors, Minnesota where she spent countless hours watching the ships come in and out of Burlington Bay Harbor.

An exceptional baker, she taught cookie classes for many years and made countless specialty cookies for family during the holidays.

Her family was so important to Donna.   She attended every sporting event, concert and parade her children and grandchildren were in.

After Bob passed away, Donna built a house in Florida near where they wintered for many years.   She spent summers at Two Harbors, until health issues brought her back to Minnesota full time.

Survived by her daughters: Pam Elletson of Rockford, Patti (Merlin) Ladd of Hinckley and Cindy (Mark) Fiecke of Winsted; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her loving husband Robert, grandson Mark Elletson, son-in-law Craig Elletson, her parents, two sisters, a brother, sister-in-law and brothers-in-law.

A Memorial service for Donna Plaisance will be held on Sunday, September 19th, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.

A time of gathering will be held on Sunday, September 19th from 1-3:00 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.

Private Family Inurnment on Thursday, October 7th, 2021 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Honorary Urn Bearers will be her grandchildren: Jennifer Lindsay, Melissa Harth, John Elletson, Jeremy Ladd, Robert Ladd, Courtney Provo, Tiffany Sower and Amanda Aguilar.



2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Kathryn Suzanne Sower

    🌺🙏The last chapter of life is a celebration of death. May your sorrows be light and your heart full of love in memory of Donna.🙏🌺

  2. Linda and Jack Kirsch

    Our deepest sympathy to Pam, Patti, Cindy, all Donna’s grandchildren, great grandchildren and families. I will forever remember Donna’s warm smile and love for her family. I had the privilege of being in one of her famous Christmas cookie baking classes, was able to spend a week with both her and Bob and Pam at their winter getaway in Flagler Beach and even made a visit to Two Habors. A lot of memories were made which I will remember forever. Donna loved life and lived it to its fullest.


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