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Donna Diane Summers

September 28, 1951 — September 2, 2022

Ireton, Iowa

IRETON, IOWA ~ Donna Diane Summers, 70, of Ireton, died Friday, September 2nd, 2022 at her residence in Ireton, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

   Memorial Service will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday, September 11th, 2022, at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ireton with Rev. Michael Boothby officiating. The procession to Pleasant Hill Cemetery will begin immediately following the service from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. A time of celebrating Donna’s life will be at the Ireton City Park after the committal service.

    In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider a donation to the West Sioux Athletic Boosters, St. Ansgar Athletic Boosters, or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent to

   Donna Diane Summers was born September 28, 1951, in Hawarden, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Wilma Degen. She graduated from West Sioux High School in May of 1969 and then attended Worthington Jr. College. She had various bookkeeping jobs throughout her career and worked for many years at the Ireton Feed Store where she retired in 2014.

   Donna married Mel Schwiesow on August 7th, 1972. To this union, Donna had three children, Ryan (Heather) Schwiesow of Hawarden, Devin (Keely) Schwiesow of St. Ansgar, and Kendra (Otto) Clifton of Milton, GA. On September 9th, 2000, Donna married Terry Summers. They made their life together in Ireton for 22 years until her passing.

   Donna enjoyed sitting on her porch and enjoying the company of many friends she had in Hawarden and Ireton. She could be found in her younger years running around with her girlfriends enjoying social activities and enjoying each other's company. You could often find her driving her golf cart around Ireton (occasionally in St. Ansgar) waving to everyone she met and lighting up the town with her smile. She loved getting together with her family and was often the person in charge of organizing such events. Christmas was her favorite holiday to celebrate these gatherings, as she loved to celebrate by playing games, most of which she made up that required wearing funny hats. Her true love was cheering on her children, and then her grandchildren during all their athletic and musical events. She loved all her family with her whole heart.

   She is survived by her husband, Terry; three children, Ryan and wife Heather Schwiesow and their children, Payton, and Aaden of Hawarden, Iowa, and Devin and wife Keely Schwiesow and their children, Kennedy, Jayce, Porter, and Lincoln of St. Ansgar, Iowa, and Kendra and husband Otto Clifton and their children, Jackson, Rylan, and Degen of Milton Georgia; three siblings, sister Barb Marineau of Sheldon, Iowa, brother Mark and wife Julie Degen of Ireton, and brother Todd wife Linda Degen of Spirit Lake, Iowa; Step-Mom, Pert Degen of Moville; and many nieces, nephews and many great friends.

   Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Earl Degen & Wilma and Daryl Liston, brother-in-law Jeff Marineau, and a granddaughter Lilly Schwiesow.

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Starts at 1:30 pm (Central time)

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

602 Main St, Ireton, IA 51027

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