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Donna M. Beyer

Published On: Mar 29 2013 07:13:36 AM CDT

MONONA-Donna M. Beyer, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital after a short illness. She was born the daughter of William Daniel and Hazel Maude (McIntosh) Hamilton. Donna married Joe Schram on May 14, 1949, and he preceded her in death. Donna worked for Wisconsin Bell for 37 years, and was a member of the H.W. Schroeder Pioneers retired group. She volunteered many hours for many different groups in the area.

Donna is survived by her children, Randy, Cheryl (Jeff) Cook and Jill (Schram) Schroeder; grandchildren, Shannon and Melissa Schroeder; niece, Vickie (Will) Chappell; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janet (Bud) Pretzer; and brother, William Daniel Hamilton Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

If I should ever leave you whom I love, To go along the silent way, Grieve not, Nor speak of me with tears, But laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you there. (I'd come - I'd come, could I but find a way! But would not tears and grief be barriers?) And when you hear a song, Or see a bird I loved, Please do not let the thought of me be sad, For I am loving you just as I always have,You were so good to me! There are so many things I wanted still to do, So many things to say to you, Remember that I did not fear, It was just leaving you that was so hard to face, We cannot see beyond, But this I know; I love you so ‘twas heaven here with you! “I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun, Of happy memories that I leave, When life is done.” To my children and grandchildren, Be not sorrowful that I am gone and my earthly life is done. Be not sad I passed away, for in you, I live each day. There is a little of me in all of you. In each new one I live anew. So you see, I’ll never be really gone as long as there are children to carry on. I’ve had my share of love, sorrow and strife. I have lived a full and fruitful life. So do not mourn, and do not weep, For I have earned this peaceful sleep.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

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