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“Rest in peace Donna, prayers from old school friend are with your family ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Randie Haber - Dayton, NV

“OMG....Curly Claver!! We are so sad to hear! She and I have been friends for over 45yrs....she was quite the lady! Loved her Pepsi and a good laugh...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Norma & Sam Sanchez - Dubuque, IA

“When we were very young Donna would come to our house on Saturday and do my moms hair, and always with a Pepsi in hand. You will forever remain in...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Shelly Strohmeyer-Lowlaki - CO

“So sorry Jim and Judy I loved your mom she was so good to me .prayers ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Gail Stoffel - Andrew, IA

“Although we didn't see each other very much any more, I will always have fond memories of our times at family gatherings on the farm, or at the...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Kai and Diane Mayne - Davenport, IA

“Jim & Judy -We will always remember the good times! She always enjoyed the Olympic Heights neighborhood picnics with Franny and a little nip of Yukon...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Marlene Woller - Dubuque, IA

“Rest in Peace Donna ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Cindy Switzer Schueller - Epworth, IA

“SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR PASSING OLD FRIEND. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. MY HEART FELT SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY. JACKIE ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: JACKIE HESS - DUBUQUE, IA

“Rest In Peace Donna ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Fran Gabrielson - Phoenix, AZ

“May you find comfort in gods hands. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Barb Casey - Friend


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Donna J. Clauer, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully, and suddenly, at 6:05 p.m., on Monday, October 17, 2016, at home. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Donna was born on October 23, 1947, in Dubuque, daughter of Harold and Virginia (Barry) Graham.

Donna was united in marriage to Dennis O. Clauer on April 1, 1967 at St. Mary's Church. They would spend 17 years together, and be blessed with 2 wonderful children, before Dennis was called home ahead of her on June 12, 2009. In her younger years, Donna was quite social and would spend many evenings out either bowling or dancing and listening to music with her friends. Donna loyally gave over 30 years of her working career to Regency Thermographers. Her well earned retirement was a milestone she cheerfully obtained, but unfortunately health issues would begin to find their way into her life shortly after. Simple pleasures soon became the highlight of her days; so a light-hearted phone conversation, or getting settled into her comfy chair for the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars, or Law and Order would be the moments where Donna would find subtle serenity. She was a motivated seamstress for new additions to her family, who would generously share her talents by creating unique quilts specially for her grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, Donna has listened to her last Patsy Cline album, and a visible decline in area garage sales attendance will be evident; but we have faith that she is now free of her earthly confines, and ailments, and that one day we will all embrace our dear sweet mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend again.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include

her children,
James "Jim" Clauer, Dubuque, IA
and Judi (Heath Rummelhart) Clauer, North Liberty, IA;

two grandchildren,
Rylee and Cameron Rummelhart, North Liberty, IA;

her mother and step father,
Virginia (Roger) Link, Dubuque, IA;

and her siblings,
Rex (Judy) Graham, Bellevue, IA,
Ann (Bob) Buol, Weatherford, TX
and Jerry Link, Dubuque, IA.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Harold Graham.

A Donna J. Clauer memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.