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Donna M. Hedler

Donna M. Hedler

November 23, 2020

Donna M. Hedler, 88, of rural Colfax, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 23, 2020, at her home with her children by her side.

Donna was born March 16, 1932, in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of Louis and Elizabeth (Cesafsky) Van Ert.  She attended Eidsvold School in rural Stanley, WI.  She worked as secretary to the President of Thorp Finance Corporation.  On October 8, 1955, Donna married Jerome W. Hedler at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Stanley, WI.  Together they raised four children.

Donna was a faithful & devoted servant who served in various capacities at her church, Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cooks Valley.  Her hobbies included gardening, playing piano, creating art, crossword puzzles, and bingo. 

She is survived by her children, Donnelle (Joe) Sperlazzo of Carol Stream, IL, Laurie Hedler of Minneapolis, MN, Jerome Jeffrey Hedler (Davina Brenden) of Colfax, Cheryl Hedler (Melissa Gehri) of Wonewoc, WI; six grandchildren, Lindsey (Robby) Schmehil, Brock (Lauren) Hedler, Joe Sperlazzo, Akoya, Emma, and Diesel; two great grandchildren, Aidan and Liam; three siblings, twin-brother, Gerald (Jeanette) Van Ert, Ione Ellingson, and Duane (Judy) Van Ert; and by many loved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerome; and granddaughter, Leeann Hedler-Reid.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cooks Valley.  Burial will be held at 12:15 p.m. at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cemetery in Thorp, WI. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer where recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 3:30 p.m. There will be no public visitation Tuesday at church.  Facemasks will be required to enter both the funeral home and church.

For those that were unable to join for the funeral mass, you are able to view it by clicking on the "IN REMEMBRANCE" video link above.

Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family. 


4-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer. (Note - Facemasks are required to enter the facility).


10 a.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cooks Valley. (Note - Facemasks are required to enter the facility). The service can also be viewed by clicking on the IN REMEMBRANCE video button on this page.

Florist Information

Bloomer Floral - (715) 568-5600 - All flowers should be delivered to the funeral home by 1 p.m. Monday, Nov 30.


  • Paula Teclaw Paskert My deepest sympathy to Donna's family. She was a strong, caring lady. It was a joy to know her. Back in the day she introduced me to Mary Kay cosmetics and we had fun going to meetings together etc. Good times!

    November 27 at 8:21pm

  • Natalie and Ted Goeden Such a lovely lady and so full of fun!
    She will be missed, but we'll see her again in time.
    We're glad that she was around so long!
    Blessings and peace to you all.

    November 25 at 8:17am

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