Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Alfred Donnay of Watkins died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. He was 85. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Fr. John Brunner and Fr. Ray Donnay officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Alfred Donnay was born March 3, 1923, in Watkins to Jacob and Elizabeth (Loch) Donnay. He married Iris Thiele May 4, 1948, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. He farmed in Watkins until his retirement in 1984. Alfred was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins, and he was active with the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Knights of Columbus. He was a Eucharistic minister to shut-ins and was a church usher for many years. Alfred was also a member of the Watkins Senior Citizens. His hobbies included fishing, playing cards, and bird-watching. He especially enjoyed the outdoors and spending time at his daughter Shirley's lake home. Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; children Lisa Donnay in infancy, and Eugene Donnay in 2007; brothers Eugene Donnay as a child, and Gilbert Donnay. He is survived by his wife Iris; children Shirley (and Steve) Hill of Annandale, David (and Roxanne) Donnay of Waite Park, Mary (and Dan) Evans of St. Cloud, Barb (and Tom) Merdan of Shakopee, Larry (and Mary) Donnay of St. Augusta, Scott (and Kathy) Donnay of Middleburg, Fla., Todd (and Nicole) Donnay of Rockville; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Fr. Ray Donnay of Little Falls, Sr. Emily Donnay of Little Falls, Rita Molitor of St. Cloud, Florian (and Rosie) Donnay of Kimball, Clara (and Kenny) Mauer of St. Cloud, Charles (and Anne) Donnay of St. Cloud, Robert (and Ethel) Donnay of Kimball; and many nieces and nephews. Casketbearers were Chris Hill, Ryan Hill, Steve Hill, Chad Donnay, Derek Merdan, Tom Merdan, and Dan Evans. Music was by Mary Streit and the St. Anthony choir. Arrangements were by Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins.