October 28, 1929 - May 5, 2016


Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud for Donna M. Bischof, age 86, of St. Cloud, who passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Parish prayers will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday. Burial of her urn will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Donna was born on October 28, 1929 to Anton and Anasthasia (Jungels) Nierenhausen in Richmond, MN. She married LeRoy Bischof on July 21, 1951 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN. She worked for ten years as a Paraprofessional for Cold Spring Elementary. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud and the Rich-Spring Golf Club in Cold Spring, MN.

Donna was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved family get-togethers in order to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Donna was an excellent cook and baker, famous for her homemade bread and pecan pie. She was an avid golfer and bridge player, having played bridge with her friends for over 60 years. Donna was a renaissance woman, who could accomplish anything she put her mind to. She was greatly loved and will be missed dearly.

Donna is survived by her children, Diane (Toby) Rausch, of Eagan, Mike (Beth), of Lakeville, Tom (Diane), of Dayton, OH, Bob, of Eden Valley, Sheila (Tom) Garceau, of St. Cloud; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, LeRoy, of 47 years; grandchildren, Mike Bischof and John Paul Garceau; all seven of her siblings and daughter-in-law, Michelle Bischof.

A special thank you to the staff of the Medical Progressive Care Unit at the St. Cloud Hospital for the loving and wonderful care given to her in her last days.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers masses be offered in Donna’s name at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, in St. Cloud.

“When troubles surround us, when evils come, the body grows weak, the spirit grows numb. When these things beset us, He doesn't forget us, He sends down His love, on the wings of a snow-white dove.”