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Donna A. Albright, age 98, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Waupaca after a short stay.
Donna was born on August 5, 1924, in the Town of Poy Sippi, the daughter of Albert and Hattie Haase. She was baptized and confirmed at the Borth Evangelical Church. She married Melvin Albright on September 18, 1943, at the Borth Church, where she was still a member. Donna was a Sunday School teacher for over 40 years and also a member of the church’s Esther Circle. She also was active in the Loyal Homemakers Club and Waushara County Homemakers, where she served as President.
Being a leader of the Loyal 4-H for many years was an important part of her life. She continued her love for 4-H and the county fair by being a superintendent of the knitting and crocheting department at the Waushara County Fair. Donna was the social greeter to whoever entered the building to see the exhibits.
Donna was employed by the Berlin School District as the Poy Sippi Elementary School cook and was known and loved by students and staff as “Grandma Albright”. The students and staff were all her family away from home. Donna enjoyed working with children and the elderly. After her retirement from school, she volunteered her time at Juliette Manor in Berlin to cheer up the residents, she always said that she had to go and make the older people happy, (she was 85 at the time).
Love of music was always in her life, from singing in church, singing with the Mel Albright Polka Band and in the latter years singing with the Albright Praise Band in all of the area churches with her son, Larry. She enjoyed her many houseplants, photography and traveling to all 50 States on bus tours, which she organized. Donna also enjoyed working as an election poll worker for many years.
Her greatest joy was her family, she enjoyed going to concerts, musicals and sporting events of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Donna lived in her farm home for 96 ½ years. After a serious fall, for the last two years she resided at Park Vista-The Legacy in Waupaca.
Donna is survived by her sons, Larry (Susie) Albright, of Poy Sippi; Fred Albright, of River Falls; granddaughters, Gina Fleegal, of Green Lake; Erika (Jon) Hanson, of Pine River; Heidi (Nathan) Hutter, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; great-grandchildren, Julie, Sarah, Alexa, and Eva Fleegal; Hailey (friend, Eugene), Jackson, Hilarie and Sili Hanson; two sisters, Luella Remmel, of Oshkosh; Ina Mae Remmel, of Oshkosh; sister-in-law; Lois Raab, of Appleton; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Along with her parents, Donna was also preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harry and Julia Albright; her husband, Melvin; a granddaughter, Julie Susan; grandson-in-law, Roy Fleegal; brothers, Robert Haase and Merlin Haase; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Haase and Elaine Albright; brothers-in-law; Leland Raab, Ray Albright, Ray Remmel, and Gaylord Remmel.
A visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until Noon at the Borth United Methodist Church W304 Cty Rd D Berlin. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 15 at Noon at the church with Pastor Becky Kindschi officiating. There will be a private family burial at the Borth Cemetery.
A memorial is being established to the Borth United Methodist Church and Poy Sippi Food Pantry.
Mueller Funeral Home-Winneconne is assisting the family. If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Park Vista-The Legacy of Waupaca for all of the wonderful care given and compassion shown to Donna each and every day.