Donna Kay Bachmeier, 77, of Fargo, ND, passed away Monday, Oct. 30, surrounded by family and friends after battling pancreatic cancer.
Donna Kay Bachmeier, 77, of Fargo, ND, passed away Monday, Oct. 30, surrounded by family and friends after battling pancreatic cancer. A prayer service will be held at Boulger Funeral Home at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, in Fargo with visitation starting at 6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, with a burial at Holy Cross Cemetery South to follow. Donna Kay Lynn was born on Oct. 15, 1940, at St. John’s Hospital in Fargo, ND, to Harry and Stella Lynn. She spent much of her childhood traveling with her family as Harry moved around the Dakotas working on various construction projects. In 1958, she graduated from Central High School in New Rockford, ND. It was while in high school that she met Frank. Frank and Donna were married on Feb. 27, 1960. Donna worked at Pioneer Mutual, a position she enjoyed for over 30 years until her retirement in 1992. Shortly after their marriage they began adding to the family. First came Thomas in 1960, followed by Mike in 1961, Jeff in 1964, Jon in 1969 and Denise later joined the family in 1975. Grandkids and great-grandkids would soon follow. There were few things Donna loved more than auto racing and the way it brought family together. From the first springtime roar of the racecar in “the garage” to Sundays spent together watching NASCAR, racing meant family. She was also active volunteering at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, enjoying coffee with friends and creating various forms of needlework. Donna is a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She welcomed her son and daughters-in-law into the family like they were her own and spent countless hours supporting her grandchildren in their various activities. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank; son, Thomas; and parents Stella and Harry. She is survived by her children, Mike (Laura), Jeff (Eileen), Jon (Teresa) and Denise (John) Taves; grandchildren, Tina, Tiffany (Dustin) Anderson, Levi, Cole, Chase, Kate Taves, Matthew Taves and Thomas Taves; great-grandchildren, Reece Anderson and Ryland Anderson. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Donna’s name. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.