Julie (Pazie) Donner
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Julie (Pazie) Donner, age 39, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Ken Lulf officiating. Cremation will follow the Mass and burial will be at a later date. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with a vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the Mass on Thursday at the Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Pallbearers are Peter Frickson, Sandra Frickson, Alan Christenson, Beryl Olson, Alison Batie, and Dale Batie. Honorary Pallbearers are the Avera E-Helm Staff as well as Julie's treasured nephews and nieces: Will, Heidi, and Abbi Pazie and Breanna, Caitlynn, and Gage Fenster.

Julie (Pazie) Donner was born September 14, 1976, in Hettinger, North Dakota, to Donald "Butch" and Sharon (Tidball) Pazie. She grew up on the family farm near Morristown, South Dakota. She attended school in McIntosh, South Dakota and graduated from McIntosh High School in 1995. She attended the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1999. She married Michael Donner on May 22, 1998 in Morristown, South Dakota. Julie worked as an occupational therapist in Lemmon, South Dakota and later Spencer, Iowa. They moved to Eureka, South Dakota where Julie started occupational therapy programs in the Eureka and Bowdle areas. After ten years in Eureka, they moved to Yankton, South Dakota. After moving to Yankton, Julie was an occupational therapist at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital for 2 years and in 2013, became Quality and Innovation Manager at Avera E-Helm in Sioux Falls, SD. Julie worked very hard to bring tele-medicine to rural areas, increasing health care access. In 2015, she received her Master's Degree in Strategic Management from the University of Mary.

Julie was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton and was a member of the South Dakota Occupational Therapy Association. Julie was a very determined, hardworking woman who wouldn't take no for an answer and always accomplished anything she set her mind to. She was a very joyful and happy person who always kept a positive attitude and relied on her strong faith in God. She was a wonderful mother, daughter, friend and wife and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Donner of Yankton; three children: Maggie, Lance and Mia Donner of Yankton; parents, Donald and Sharon Pazie of Morristown, South Dakota; brother, Mike (Sara) Pazie of Lemmon, South Dakota; father and mother-in-law, Michael and Dee Donner of Walker, South Dakota; brother-in-law, Mark Donner of Bismarck, North Dakota; sister-in-law, LynnDee (Chris) Fenster of Bismarck; and six nieces and nephews: Will, Abbi and Heidi Pazie and Breanna, Caitlynn and Gage Fenster.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and uncle, Watson Tidball.

In lieu of flowers for Michael and the kids memorials may be directed to the Julie Donner Memorial Fund at First Dakota National Bank, PO Box 156, Yankton, SD 57078.


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May God Bless your family with his peace during this time of grief. My Heart is Sad and tears flow as I remember Julie's kind presence and uplifting spirit. She will be missed by many.

Cindy Pirrung

Our thoughts and prayers be with you and our arms are wrapped around you all at this most difficult time. Julie was one of a kind and had the biggest heart. She will always be remembered for beautiful smile and her positive and uplifting words. God is with you all..

stephanie raile

Our hearts go out to your family during this time of sorrow. We know how much you are hurting right now and we are praying that God will bring you comfort and understanding. We will always appreciate Julie's fun loving spirit and goodness that she shared with others.

Barb, Brianna, Kellie Geigle

Michael and family...

I am so sorry to hear of Julie's passing. I always loved working with her and have thought of you all many times over the years since you moved.

Heidi Sylte

Words can't express how saddened we were to hear the news. Prayers to Butch, Sharie, Mike, Michael Wayne, and all of the family in this time of need. May God bring you strength and comfort through this difficult time, as you celebrate Julie's life.

Clay and Donell Pederson

Mike and family

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I hope all of the many memories of Julie brings you comfort in such a difficult time.

Sally (Ten Broek) Ell

Michael and children, Mr. and Mrs. Donner and family, Mr. and Mrs. Pazie and Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. None of us can begin to understand what you are going through but know that Julie will never be forgotten. She had such an amazing and kind soul. Julie will continue to be alive in our hearts and minds and through you and your children will live on. Please accept my condolences and know that I am thinking of all of you. We will include you in our daily prayers.

Trinity Weekes Henton

Michael Wayne and family, You are in our hearts and prayers. May God comfort you and carry you through the days ahead as I know He will. Love to you from New Mexico, Phillip and Liz and your Great-aunt Kat.

Phillip & Liz Smith

Julie was my sons OT at Avera. She was a very positive person with a smile on her face no matter what the circumstance was. My son was beginning cross country when Julie worked with him and she was so supportive of him doing it. Even after we were done with her services she would send an occasional email to check to see how he was. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. I know the love she had for her children...she would talk about them with pride. May God help you through these difficult times.

Rhonda Hoffman

Mike & Family,

All my prayers, Hugs & Love to you. So shocking to hear about Julie. I remember her & Hope just having so much fun in Baskelball, she was a beautiful wife,Mother & friend to all.

God Bless, Dennine

Family of Julie:

With a heavy heart and deepest sympathy, we have very fond memories of Julie.

With prayers, Joan and Jim Anderson

Michael Wayne and family we are sorry to hear of your loss and finding it hard to believe someone that young is gone we will pray for you and the family.

Love Randy and Gloria Rudebusch

I was deeply saddened to hear of Julie's sudden passing. I will always remember her infectious laugh along with the way she made people feel special and important with her encouraging nature. May your memories bring you comfort in the coming days and your faith bring you peace.

Tanya (Fritz) Seyer

With broken hearts we think of Mike and the kids and the whole family. We have fond memories of Julie when she lived in Eureka. What a kind person and helpful person she was. Grandma Arlys loved Julie as one of her own. We are thinking of all of you.

Monica Hilgemann

With heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

Karen Edler

Michael and family, As so many have said, we are so very saddened and shocked by the news of Julie's untimely death. SO SO many great memories with her when you lived in Eureka, sharing craft club each month and Superbowl Sundays. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I will ALwAYS remember her laugh. It was infectious. May her memory be forever blessed. I can only imagine the party in heaven.

Heidi and Mark Morlock

So sorry for your loss

Pam Starkey

Mike and family - I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Joel Lapka

Michael and Family,

It is with great sadness that we express our deepest sympathy for your loss. We find comfort in realizing what an honor it was to get to know Julie. She was an outstanding example of what a person should be through her faith, love for her family, uplifting personality, and her caring heart. Your and Julie's love for each other was inspiration for us. This makes us realize how important it is to take the time to love the ones we love. Please find comfort in realizing that Julie will be forever present in all the lives that she touched. Julie's entire family is in our prayers.

All our love and prayers,

Doug & Kari Leibel

I will cherish the laughter and memories Julie and I have shared over the years. She was a beautiful soul inside and out. You have an incredible guardian angel looking over you. Finding it hard to find words at this difficult time......

Love you all.

Hope Maher

Michael Wayne and family,

May God bring you comfort and peace during this time. My heart aches for your family. Julie was a beautiful mother, wife, aunt, daughter and sister. I remember her smile and laughter the most. My family will be praying for you. May God receive his daughter into his loving embrace!

Loralie Fergel Fritel

Our sincere sympathy. Words are so hard to come by. Julie was an awesome friend and coworker. Julie was such a special gal, her laughter, friendship , girl talks , and her faith. May the Lord wrap his arms around all of you to give you comfort during this difficult time.

Letty Mehlhaff

Dear Michael, so sorry to hear about Julie's passing. We are keeping you and the whole family in our prayers. Every time I saw you guys Julie was always smiling and made everyone feel loved. She will greatly be missed. We love you all.

Misti & Wayne Hintz

Butch, Shari, Michael Wayne, and Mike and Sara, We were shocked at the news of Julie's passing. Tears flowed as I can remember her beautiful smile and her laughter, hers and Michael Wayne's wedding, and the babies they have. Your family is very special to us and we will continue to pray for you all, and Julie. All our love and prayers.

Whitney and Derek Olson

We were so sad to hear of Julie's sudden passing. She was such a sweet person who always had a smile on her face. Grandma Arlys loved her and loves all of you so! We will continue our prayers for all of you for peace and comfort during this very sad and difficult time!

John and Lana Hilgemann

Michael Wayne, Our prayers are with you and your family. Julie was a wonderful friend and classmate. Her smile and unique laugh will always be remembered.

Frank Fergel

So sorry to hear of Julie's passing. Continued prayers for the entire family. Julie was a great mom. Michael, the kids are lucky to have a great dad, as well, to help them understand and give them comfort during this difficult time. Cherish the memories!

Clarice Gauer

We were so shocked to hear of your loss--Julie was such a wonderful person and she will be sooooo missed. All our love and prayers are with all of you.........hugs and kisses to hold you all......

Dale and Teresa Dillman

Michael, Mia, Lance, and Maggie, We are so very sorry for your loss. Julie was a beautiful person, inside and out. We always looked forward to visiting with her at our kids' ball games. She was such a great mom with such a positive attitude and spirit. We will keep your family in our prayers.

Marc and Michelle Zimiga, Isabella, Cruz, Michael & Brooklyn

I am extremely sorry for your loss. Julie was so bright and encouraging during our OT school days. She brought laughter and happiness to all of us when we were tired and stressed out.

Annie McKittrick Crary

My deepest sympathy , Mike, to you, your children and the rest of the family. I was shocked and saddened to hear this news about Julie. She was so much fun to work with and be around at Spencer Hospital. Always, always, a happy and positive person.

Ann Letcher

Donner and Pazie families,

Words cannot express the things we feel when a loved ones passes from this life to the next. May the Good Lord hold you in His arms and comfort you during this difficult time. You are all in our prayers.

Shawn Jacobs and family

Michael and family, Butch and Shari, Mike and family My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Julie was such a wonderful person. I'll always remember her infectious laugh and zest for words.

Jodi (Tomac) Burns

Michael and family, Butch & Shari, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Julie was such a wonderful person and her legacy with life will certainly live on in the hearts of everyone who knew her. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and comfort you in the time ahead.

Sending our deepest sympathy to you Mike and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the Lord comfort you in this most difficult time, cherish all the memories.

Floyd,Linda Obenauer

Michael & family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Remember all the wonderful moments and cherish them. Take care...

Julie Richardt

Dear Family I am so sorry for your pain. This is not an easy time for you. To heal will take time. But as you do I wish to comfort you by remind you of this account found in John 11:5-44. This was written to give us Hope for the future. Just like our Heavenly Father was aware of the pain Mary and Martha were feeling He is aware of yours and millions of others around the world. As promised in Revelation 21:3-5 soon death will be no more ! Go to this site (jw.org) for more encouragement. Take care.

Mycena Dickerson

Butch, Shari, Mike and family, Michael Wayne and family,

My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Julie was a wonderful friend and I was blessed to know her for her short time on earth. She made life (and long bus rides) fun every single day! She will be remembered fondly and missed by all who knew her.

Our prayers are with you.

Tina (Jacobs) Winschel

Mike, my condolences on the loss of Julie, I just learned if this the other day, again, I am sorry for your and your families loss.

JEB Ford

I am so sorry for your loss. May you keep the fond memories of her close to your heart until the scripture at Revelation 21:3,4 will be fulfilled.

C. Maddox

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