Donna Jean Wasinger

May 28, 1934September 3, 2018

Donna Jean Wasinger

Donna Jean Wasinger was born on the family farm in Hays, Kansas on May 28, 1934, to Isidore and Pauline Brull. She was the second oldest of eight children. At the age of twelve, Donna left the farm with her older sister to care for their grandparents while also attending school and working. She graduated from Hays High School in 1951. On February 16, 1952, she married Linus F. Wasinger at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hays, Kansas. After Linus was discharged from the Army, they moved to Mankato, Minnesota where they lived for fifteen years until they decided to move to Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado where they made their life together with their five children and two grandchildren. They have one great grandchild. Over their sixty-six years of marriage, Donna and Linus provided a stable, caring home for forty-two foster children, with her number one priority of always being there for her family as a stay at home mom and homemaker. Donna was not one to sit still. She believed in working hard, getting things done and getting them done quickly. Many times when asked when she wanted or needed something done, her reply would be, “yesterday.” Throughout her life, she had many occupations, including nurse aide, head soda jerk, babysitter, dishwasher, waitress, receptionist, and cleaning homes. After Linus retired, together, they started L&D Services, their lawn maintenance and tree trimming business. Some things she enjoyed in life were the kids, dancing, country music, going to garage sales, painting homes, walking her dogs, eating a good hamburger, keeping in touch with her siblings, and making dolls for others, some of which she donated to a nursing home. Donna had a great passion in life for dogs. She made over 1,000 dog beds for rescue shelters, and rescued over thirty animals from various puppy mills and Humane Societies. After each Memorial Day, she collected flowers and took them to the pet cemetery to put on not only her pets’ graves, but also on all the graves in the cemetery. Due to her passion and generous love for others, she touched the lives of many. Her memory will live on in our hearts and she will be greatly missed. The LORD took Donna home on September 3, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Isidore and Pauline Brull, husband, Linus F. Wasinger, sister, Gloria Leiker, two brothers-in-law, Gilbert Leiker and Mark Null, and nephew, Daniel Leiker. Services will be September 10, 2018 Resthaven Funeral Home 8426 S. HWY 287 Fort Collins, CO 80525 Viewing 10:00 A.M. Service 11:00 A.M. Burial 11:45 A.M. Memorial Contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice Or Larimer County Humane Society


  • Viewing Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Burial Monday, September 10, 2018

Donna Jean Wasinger

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Shawn Witt

September 11, 2018

To my dear Aunt Donna,
She will certainly be missed and has always been and continues to be loved. Some people come and go on this earth, but the extra special ones leave a lasting legacy within the hearts of their loved ones and friends. I am feel privileged not only to know her as a person, but also to be able to call her Aunt Donna.
She will always be carried within our hearts!
Love , Shawn , Tammie and family

Alaina Massa

September 6, 2018