Donna Byrne

Donna Byrne

MADISON-Donna Byrne, age 91, passed away on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Donna was born July 15, 1921, in Nashville, Minn., the daughter of John and Minnie (Andersen) McCall. She lived in Winnebago, Minn. growing up and graduated from high school in 1939.

Donna married Barney Byrne in Evanston, Ill., on July 1, 1950. She worked a t La Crosse and Shafer Pharmacies. Donna also worked at Central WI Center for the Cognitively Disabled from 1972 until 1986. She enjoyed sewing, ceramics, crafting, and gardening. Most of all, Donna enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Patrick (Patricia) Byrne; daughter, Shannon (Randy) Fletcher; grandchildren, Shawn Byrne, Nicole Fletcher, and Dustin Fletcher; great-grandchildren, Jarek Byrne and Kailyn Byrne; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Gail Eng; son, Gary Byrne; her parents; brothers, Lynn “Bud” and Verle; and sister, Merna Auringer.

A graveside service will be held for close family and friends at Highland Memory Gardens in Madison at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

To my children and grandchildren, Be not sorrowful that I am gone and my earthly life is done. Be not sad I passed away, for in you, I live each day. There is a little of me in all of you. In each new one I live anew. So you see, I’ll never be really gone as long as there are children to carry on. I’ve had my share of love, sorrow and strife. I have lived a full and fruitful life. So do not mourn, and do not weep, For I have earned this peaceful sleep. – Mother and Grandmother