Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Donna A. Thran, 70, of Lansing, IA, formerly of Cedar Falls, IA, died Saturday, March 27, 2010 at her home in Lansing. Visitation and a time to greet her family will be held Monday, March 29th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, IA. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 11:00 am at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Lansing. Any memorials will be directed to Prairie du Chien Hospice in Prairie du Chien, WI.

Donna Ann (Price) Thran was born on January 19, 1940 in Waterloo, IA, the daughter of Donald C. and Isadora B. (Schmidt) Price. She graduated from Cedar Falls High School. On September 20, 1958 she married Don W. Thran at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. Together, Donna and Don owned and operated Don’s TV Maximum Sight and Sound, an electronics sales and service outlet in Waterloo, for many years. Over the years they visited their cabin in Lansing often, until 10 years ago when they built a home on the site and moved there permanently.

While living in Cedar Falls, Donna was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church and its women’s prayer group, the Girl Scouts of America, Valley Park PTA, and BPW professional women’s group. Since moving to Lansing she has been very active at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, serving as church treasurer, singing in the choir, and taking part in the women’s prayer group, ladies circle, and laughter club.

Donna was an active person and liked to keep busy. She exercised often, enjoying biking, cross country skiing, and aerobics. Boating, fishing, gardening, raising flowers, and working crossword and computer puzzles were some of her other favorite pastimes. More than anything she enjoyed people and looked forward to any chance to get together with her family or close friends.

Survivors include her husband, Don Thran of Lansing; her children, Darrin C. Thran of Lansing, Eric D. (Stacy) Thran of Grundy Center, IA, Teri D. (Craig) Machholz of Monticello, MN, and Nicole M. (Edward) Fisher of Peosta, IA; 11 grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon, Kortney, Tyler, Derrick, Drake, Taitlyn, Mason, Dylan, Carson, and Olivia; and a sister, Rajean Owens of Denver, IA. She is preceded in death by her parents.

The photo above was taken in early March. The flowers were given to Donna from the Church Council as a thank you for her faithful years of service as the church treasurer.