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Donna A. (Yerks) Lampe

September 10, 1931 ~ March 19, 2021 (age 89)


Donna A. Lampe age 89 of Auburn, IN died Friday, March 19, 2021 at Miller’s Merry Manor – Garrett, IN.

Donna was born September 10, 1931 in Woodburn, IN to Dorwin and Mary (Lake) Yerks and they preceded her in death. Donna married Walter W. Lampe on May 28, 1949 in Harlan, IN and he died October 3, 2006. She was a bus driver for GKB Schools for 27 years, retiring in 1997.

Donna was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church – Garrett, IN. participating in the Ladies Aid, LWML, Altar Guild, Couple’s Club and choir.

She enjoyed the Reformation Parties with their friends and folks from church. She was known for her apple butter, ham and bean soup over open fires and would often roast a pig or a quarter of beef or grill chicken.

She was a former 4-H leader and her hobbies included ceramics, woodworking, and making stained glass pieces. She was known for her baking and her famous apple dumplings.

Donna is survived by 2 daughters: Deborah (Jerry) Claxton, Auburn, IN; Lori (Bud) Weaver, Garrett, IN; son: Stephen (Diane) Lampe, Auburn, IN;  grandchildren: Kelly (Dave) Dircksen , Noblesville, IN; Tonya (Adam) O’Connor, Ft. Wayne, IN; Jessica Lampe, Auburn, IN; Christopher Lampe, Ft. Wayne, IN; Scott (Katie) Claxton, Wausau, WI; Daniel Claxton, Minneapolis, MN; Doug (Tonya) Weaver, Auburn, IN; 10 great grandchildren: Katie Dircksen, Blake Dircksen, Alex O’Connor, Andrew O’Connor, Dean Claxton, Ellie Claxton, Sydney Weaver, Abby Weaver; Chase Weaver;  Bryce Jones; great great grandchild: Landon Weaver.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband: Walter W. Lampe; son: Donald Lampe; brothers: Richard Yerks and William Yerks; sister: Fern Kees.

Visitation will take place from 3-7 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2021 at Thomas Funeral Home, 1277 C.R. 56, Garrett, IN and 10 – 11 a.m. Tuesday at church

Services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church – Garrett, IN with Rev. Keaton Christiansen officiating.

Burial will take place in Cedar Creek Cemetery – Auburn, IN.

Memorials are to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church or Alzheimer’s Association

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March 22, 2021

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thomas Funeral Home
1277 C.R. 56
Garrett, IN 46738

March 23, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

Funeral Service
March 23, 2021

11:00 AM
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church


Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Randolph, Garrett IN 46738

Alzheimers Association

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