Donna Mae Hartman Grover was born in Brainerd, Minnesota On May 21, 1930. The family later moved to Duluth. She met her future husband, Manley, at Denfeld High School where both graduated in 1948. They were married on July 8, 1950.
Donna stayed at home raising their four children until 1970 when she returned to school to finish her college courses for a degree in teaching. She taught in various Duluth elementary schools and gained a reputation for being a dedicated and loving teacher of the students in her care.
The Grover’s were longtime residents of Park Point until moving to Spirit Cove in 1995. They were active members of St. Andrew’s by the Lake. Donna served on the Bishop’s Committee as warden and had other leadership roles through the years. More recently she found a new interest in the work of the visual arts program at the church and became a faithful contributor to that program. Donna was on the committee to choose the Bible story [Mark 4 :39-41] for the window. Her name was added to the window next to Manley’s name in 2017.
Gardening was another of Donna’s interests. She was a member of both the Park Point and Norton Park garden clubs. She was known for her expertise in growing flowers and maintained a spectacular garden each summer at the Spirit Cove home.
Donna was 86 when she died on July 17, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Hazel Hartman, her husband Manley, brother Richard Hartman and infant son Peter Benjamin. She is survived by her four children: Brian [Mary Ellen], Daniel [Janice], Deborah, and Thomas [Linda], 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.
Submitted byArlene Renken