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Donna Nester

June 14, 1938-Aug. 4, 2008

Donna J. Nester, 70, long time partner in the Marquee Gift Shop in Detroit Lakes, died suddenly on Monday, August 4, 2008 at her home.

Donna Jean Paggen was born to Reinhold F. "Ole" and Sophie (First) Paggen on June 14, 1938, in Perham. She spent her early years in Mahnomen, moving with her family to Detroit Lakes at the age of three.

Donna attended Holy Rosary School and Detroit Lakes High School. She married Vincent A. Nester on Nov. 17, 1955 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. She worked for Eileen Mahoney at the Marquee Gift Shop in Detroit Lakes while in high school.

Donna took a break from her work to raise her children. Shortly after returning to work at the Marquee, she purchased the business along with Kay Larson and Eleinor Anderson in 1979. After a short time, Donna and Kay bought out Eleinor's interest and became co-owners.

Donna was an avid bowler, having bowled since she was a teenager. She was at one time on a bowling team that included her mother, her sister, Darlene, her niece, Deanie and a family friend, Lee Olson. Donna held the "High-Scoring" honor at Voyager Lanes in Detroit Lakes for a long time. She loved gardening and flowers, collectables, especially Hummel's and "Bunny" rabbits, and creating photo albums.

Donna is survived by her husband, Vincent, of Detroit Lakes; daughters, Elizabeth "Lisa" (Everette) Johnson of Bemidji and Linda (Lonnie) Olson of Crookston, Minn.; sons, James Nester and John Nester, both of Detroit Lakes; six grandchildren; and a sister, Darlene (Murray) Trieglaff of Detroit Lakes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, James, and a grandson, Nicholas.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Holy Rosary Church; there will be a parish vigil from 7-8 p.m.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.