Donna Jean Dimmer
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Donna Jean Dimmer, age 61, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2016 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Friday, January 15, 2016 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Thursday, January 14, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral on Friday at the church.

Pallbearers are Richard Waxweiler, Robert Waxweiler, Jonathon Krump, Matthew Waxweiler, Craig Spieker, and Neil Spieker.

Donna was born on April 11, 1954 in Breckenridge, MN to James and Frances (Henkenius) Waxweiler. She spent her youth on her parent's farm 2 miles north of Mantador, ND with her two brothers and two sisters. Donna attended grade school in Mantador and graduated from high school in Hankinson, ND. She attended the North Dakota State College of Science from 1972 to 1974 graduating as a medical secretary. On June 15, 1974, she married Jerry Dimmer in Mantador. After their marriage, they moved to Grand Forks, ND where Donna was employed as a medical secretary for an orthopedic surgeon. In 1976, they moved to Richland County where Donna found employment at the St. Francis Nursing Home in Breckenridge, MN as a medical secretary for approximately 12 years. In 1992, Jerry and Donna moved to Yankton, SD and Donna began working as a medical coder at the Yankton Medical Clinic. Two years later, she began her long career working as an office manager, first with Yankton Radiology for a short time and then for Diagnostic Radiology with Dr. Lawrence Leon. Donna was currently a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church and was also active as a CCD teacher at her previous parishes. She loved being outdoors, whether it was gardening, taking care of her flowers, fishing, watching fireworks or sitting around a campfire with her family and friends. She also spent a lot of time watching football and enjoyed her weekly football picks. Donna loved her family and treasured the time spent with her grandchildren.

Donna will be greatly missed by her husband, Jerry Dimmer of Yankton; four children: Eric (Emily) Dimmer of Gayville, SD, Nathan (Saralyn) Dimmer of Yankton, Benjamin (Ashley) Dimmer of Yankton, and Angela (Craig) Spieker of Clark, SD; 11 grandchildren including one on the way: Ayla and Paisley Dimmer, Alivia, Isaac and Easton Dimmer, Keana and Gage Dimmer, and Neil, Charlie, Owen and Ethan Spieker; two brothers and one sister: Richard (Beverly) Waxweiler of Mantador, ND, Robert (Debora) Waxweiler of Rice, MN, Mary Ellen (Jeff) Krump of Hankinson, ND; and many nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, James and Frances Waxweiler and sister, Kathleen Wills.


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So very sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Dimmer family.

Krajewski Family

Sincere sympathy to your family. I am Donna's first cousin. Although I haven't seen Donna much in last years, it was always so fun visiting her. Probably the last at my brother Lou's funeral a few years ago. Fond memories of our childhood get-togethers. Her sense of humor was the greatest. Find comfort in the memories. Prayers for all of you.

Mary (Henkenius) Denis

We are so sorry for your loss. Donna was the first to welcome me at my first company picnic in Wahpeton, ND. I cherish that memory and the friendship gained from that point on for over 30 years. May you find comfort in all your memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

Pauline Akland

Jerry, Eric, Nate, Ben Annie and family. My prayers are with you today. I am sorry to hear of Donna's passing. I have fond memories of Donna's stories. She made me laugh on many occasions. She spoke highly of all you. May God Bless You and bring you comfort in her absence.

Darin Krempges

Jerry and Family, we extend our deepest sympathy to you. May her memories be alive in your hearts forever and may the Lord give you peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Duane & Char Peterson

My sympathy to you and your family, Jerry. She was a special friend and neighbor. My thoughts are with your family during this time.

Terry Goerger

We feel as a part of your family and will greatly miss our beloved friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Keith and Jacki Tramp

Jerry, Eric, Nate, Ben, Annie and families. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. We are saddened by Donna's passing and we trust that God will bless you all in the coming days. Cling to one another, your memories and friends.

Bill and Marcie Shorma and Family

Am sorry to hear about Donna. She was always a such a fun person to be around. Our thoughts and prayers go out the Dimmer Family.

Keith and Penny Halvorson

I extend to the Dimmer family my sympathy in the loss of a very special person. I so appreciated Donna as a colleague when we worked together at St Francis Home in Breckenridge. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. God bless and bring you peace.

Elizabeth Sether

Sincere Sympathy to the Dimmer and Waxweiler families for your loss of a Very Special Lady! I grew up with Donna and was a 12 year classmate and neighbor and friend. I haven't seen Donna a lot the past years because of distance but some of my best memories from the past include Donna and her friends. She was a great friend and will be missed . Again my sympathy and know we are thinking and praying for the families. God Bless.

Barry Althoff

Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and Prayers to your family.

Devin & Anna Bakley

From my family to the Dimmer and Waxweiler families, our sympathy for the loss of a very special person. Donna would always light up the room with her smile! I have fond memories of Donna that will last forever!

The Michael Gray Family

To Ben & the Dimmer Family....Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, wife & Grandmother!! Thinking of all of you.

Carmon Tramp

My deepest sympathy to all of you. Cherish your memories as they shall help you though this difficult time. God bless.

Debbie VanderPoel

Deepest sympathy. We worked very closely with Donna for a lot of years. We will greatly miss her! She had a great sense of humor, and she loved to tell stories of all of her grandchildren! Matt, Rose, Jeff, and Bill from CCB.

Matt McLeod

Jerry and family. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Wife/Mother. I can't imagine the pain and loss you are feeling. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sarah J Anderson

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