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“Sincere sympathy to Tom and the Christo family! My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Messer/Jessup - Missouri Valley, IA

“So Sorry For The Family LossPrayers, Love , Hugs To All The Family ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Patty and Tom NIEDERMYER - IA

“Although I have not seen many of you for years, my best high school years consisted of becoming friends with Jeanne, Karen and Diane. Tom and Donna...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Susan Hoffman - Missouri Valley, IA

“Tom, Jeanne, Karen, Diane and the Vandemark and Christo families. Words alone cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Love you all! ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: lori benton (dickinson) - NE

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Donna's family. She's resting in the arms of the Lord. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Shelly Foland - Omaha, NE

“lived neighbors to Tom and Donna on the rand road west of Missouri valley, she was a sweet lady, had not seen her for years... I. wish I had seen...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: joan bonham - missouri valley,, IA

“So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Kathy Niedermyer - Magnolia, IA

“Tommy and family, no words can express our sympathy and love we have for you and your family at this most broken link to your family of life, your...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Alvin & Nancy Poole - Omaha, NE

“My heartfelt condolences to Donna's family, her husband Tom, her daughters Jeanne, Karen and Diane, and the Vandemark & Christo clans. She was a...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Dave Castello - Omaha, NE

“My deepest condolences to Tom and family. So sorry to hear Donna passed. Such a wonderful kind soul will be missed. Please, let God wrap you in his...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Linda DuShane - Lynn Center, IL

“Tommy and Family, David and I are so sorry for your loss. We can only imagine how hard this must be for you.May God bless you. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Brynne Cue


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Donna Fern (Christo) Vandemark was born July 8, 1942, to Donald and Ila (Peterson) Christo in Logan, Iowa. She was raised in Logan and attended the Logan school obtaining her GED. On September 10, 1958, Donna married Tommy Vandemark in Logan. The couple lived in Woodbine and then moved to Battle Creek and in 1965 they moved to Missouri Valley. In 1967 Donna completed her GED and started working at various places including: World Insurance, SnoCo Mfg., First Data Resources and finally UNMC. She retired from UNMC in 2013.

Donna was a 4-H leader for 40 years and she still helped at the Harrison County Fair. She was the best grandma. She enjoyed cooking and making everyone's favorite foods. She raised 5-Star La Mancha Dairy Goats. She loved to sew, knit, crochet and bake ~ decorating many wedding cakes. She also played the piano. After her retirement she was active with the Harrison County Genealogical Society and served as the vice-president. She also served on the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Assoc.

Donna died on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at her home near Missouri Valley, Iowa at the age of 74 years, six months, and three days.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Charlie Vandemark. She is survived by her husband, Tommy Vandemark of Missouri Valley, Iowa; three daughters, Jeanne (Larry) Engel of Pleasant Dale, Nebraska, Karen (Jon) Alexander of Juneau, Wisconsin, Diane (John) Abild of Atlantic, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; five siblings, Jerry (Andrea) Christo of Omaha, Nebraska, Tommy Christo and Boone (Sara) Christo all of Logan, Iowa, Penny (Jon) Kill of Kansas City, Kansas, Betsy (Jim) Kill of Magnolia, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.