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Donna Heintzman passed away peacefully on July 29, 2019, in Minneapolis, MN, at the age of 88.
Mass of Christian burial will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, August 19, 2019, at All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, MN.
Graveside Committal Services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Aberdeen, SD with Father Andy Thuringer officiating.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary & Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of local arrangements. Family and friends may sign Donna’s online guestbook at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Donna was born in 1930, in Timber Lake, SD to Joseph Q. and Eleanor (Weiss) Joynt. She lived her childhood in Zell, SD with eight siblings. Her family ran Joynt’s Joint, which was the finest pub and gathering place in town. Donna graduated from Mount Marty High School in Yankton, SD, Presentation School of Nursing in Aberdeen, SD, and Ottawa University.
Donna married Robert J. “Bob” Heintzman in 1952 and they made their life and family in Aberdeen, SD, where they lived nearly all of their 59 years together.
She worked as a nurse in many settings and finished her career as a school nurse at Aberdeen Central High.
Donna was an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Aberdeen, where she sang in the choir and participated in church council. Faith and prayer were a focal point in her life. She enjoyed baking for kids, grandkids, and friends, and her treats were always a part of gatherings and holidays. Donna enjoyed a busy social schedule including a good game of Bridge with friends. Donna and Bob spent many of their winters in Arizona, but always looked forward to the return home. Her presence here will be missed but her kind spirit and willingness to help others will endure.
Donna is survived by her children: Dan (Kim) Heintzman of Durango, CO, Tom (Kris) Heintzman of Bend, OR, and Jane (Gary) Miller of Lakeville MN; along with six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Mary (Larry) Shevlin of Fair Oaks, CA; and her brother, Jack (Pat) Joynt of Topeka, KS.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert J. Heintzman; their son, Robert D. Heintzman; an infant son who died at birth; sisters: Belva Harrington, Doris (Joelle) Joynt and Patricia Pearson; and her brothers: Dennis Joynt, Joseph Q. Joynt, and Michael Joynt.