Donna Wieczorek

Donna Wieczorek


October 22, 1936 - April 23, 2023


Donna Wieczorek, 86, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, April 29, at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a visitation one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell.

Donna May Wieczorek (Costlow) was born to Miner and Clara Costlow on October 22, 1936, in Madison, South Dakota. Raised on a farm north of Madison during the Great Depression and World War II, she remembered first getting electricity to the farm and the hard times of getting by with little. Through it all, the constant was family; with two brothers and three sisters, they toiled together with their parents to make a life while filling the home with love.

A 1955 graduate of General Beadle High School in Madison, where she was Homecoming Queen, she attended the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Mitchell graduating in 1958. She remained in the nursing field for the next 49 years making many friends and providing care to thousands. Nursing was her calling and also led to the start of her relationship with her future husband, Dean Wieczorek, whom she cared for while he was hospitalized. Dean and Donna were married May 25, 1958, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Madison.

Dean and Donna had four boys together. Donna supported her boys and attended their sporting events tirelessly for years - all while working full-time. She taught them to cook, clean, wash dishes and do laundry while constantly instilling in them that there was no women’s work or men’s work but just a job to be done. She also honed her medical skills on innumerable bumps, bruises, abrasions, contusions, sprained ankles, twisted knees and the myriad of other injuries four active boys could suffer. In later years she taught her grandchildren the same life lessons.

Having lost her father tragically when she was in high school and having suffered the loss of her eldest son Todd when he was 21, Donna persevered and valued above all spending time with her loved ones. She has stayed close with her siblings, their children, and her mother throughout her life. She would not miss any family reunion or family event and visited with her extended family regularly. When Dean passed away, Donna moved in with and shared a home with her youngest sister Judi Titze, who had two sons of her own; for over twenty years, they welcomed into their home their respective sons, their sons’ spouses, nieces, nephews and grandchildren with much love.

Donna is survived by her sons Terry (Sharon), Talbot (Kelli) and Tace (Carmen); grandchildren Britney, Ryan, Megan, Kaylee, Tomas, Todd, Madison, Grady, Autumn, Mac, Maycee, and Sylvie; five great-grandchildren, brother Duane (Michaele) and sister Judi Titze (Darrell). She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews including Aaron Titze and Chad Titze, whom she thought of as sons, and Chad’s children Caroline and Sam whom she loved as though they were her own grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband Dean, son Todd, her parents, sisters Mary Ann Riesland (Wilk) and Betty Lou Hoeft (Wayne), and brother Dean Costlow (Sharee).

In lieu of flowers or other offerings, gifts can be directed to the Todd Wieczorek Memorial Endowed Scholarship at Dakota Wesleyan University, Attn: Institutional Advancement, 1200 W. University Ave. , Mitchell, SD 57301. This endowment was established by Dean and Donna Wieczorek of Mitchell in honor of their son, Todd, a member of the DWU football team. Todd died in September 1980. His jersey, number 83, was retired and placed in the DWU Athletic Hall of Fame.


Saturday, April 29, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, April 29, 2023
2:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Alice Mentele on April 30, 2023
This beautiful soul called and left a message for me shortly after Easter to see if I could fix the binding on a favorite coat of hers so she could keep wearing it, because she really liked the coat. Rest in peace, Donna.
Posted by Irmgard Strombeck on April 29, 2023
My sympathy to the family.
Posted by Sandi Ruml on April 28, 2023
I am so sorry to see this, Judy you were blessed with the best. Hugs to you and your family.
Posted by Mary Freeman on April 28, 2023
Donna and your Dad were such good parents always instilling the best values for all of you. Keep the memories in your hearts.
Posted by James (Jimmy) stewart on April 28, 2023
Donna was a great lady! Grew up around them in my younger years, always fun to be at the Costlow farm,
Posted by Jodie Cain-Lambert on April 28, 2023
Tace and Family so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom. She always had a smile and was always willing to lend a hand of comfort. Prayers for all of you.
Posted by Short Larson on April 27, 2023
Donna was the most selfless person I knew….even and especially as she aged and developed some health issues. She was loyal to her church and her God. Paid for many radio worship sponsorships anonymously. Rest in renewed health, my friend!! God bless your family!
Posted by Trish Delaney on April 27, 2023
I admired Donna over the years,; she was a remarkable woman, Mom and nurse. My sympathy to the family, especially her sister Judi.
Posted by Brian Nohr on April 26, 2023
Terry, Sorry to see the passing of your mother. I still remember going to your house when you lived in Bridle Acres. She was pretty cool for all that she was doing. I was impressed with her. I’m sure your families will miss her. Our sympathy, Brian and Diana
Posted by Betty Polly on April 26, 2023
She was an awesome nurse and always had a smile on!
Posted by Steph Sayles-Nedved on April 26, 2023
My mom, Vi Sayles, worked with Donna forever at Methodist Hospital. She came over and pierced our ears right at the kitchen table.....I will never forget that day. Heres to all the fond memories, I'm sure they're up in heaven drinking coffee and talking about old times.
Posted by Susan Wright on April 26, 2023
Jim and I are forever grateful to Aunt Donna for the care and concern she has shown to her sister-in-law Donna Wright. She was the first one at their door when Ross was ill, bringing meals for weeks and offering support. More recently, Donna Mae was a constant visitor to Donna during stays at the hospital and while she has been at Brady. She would bring dominoes or some fresh fruit, and she would visit others. I will miss our phone calls and never forget what I witnessed in how she put others first. She is my definition of character, "who you are when no one is watching." RIP Dear Aunt Donna Mae.
Posted by Becky Watkins on April 26, 2023
I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing and I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers 🙏
Posted by Tim Drake on April 25, 2023
I first met Donna when I was in grade school. I believe she was a young newlywed at the time. It was a beautiful spring day and she was so full of joy and smiles. Through the decades we had great conversations. She even asked me once, "How does it feel to be Thick As a Brick?" Which was a poem I had written a Philosophy paper on in college. It was through an old acquaintance from a far away place that set me up for that question. Oh Donna, I will dearly miss your insight and smiles.
Posted by Beverl and Paul thompson on April 25, 2023
Sorry for loss of sister and mom. You’re in our prayers. We had a lot of visits when I work as cook at the senior center. Never a dull moment.
Posted by Laurie Young on April 25, 2023
Sending sympathy to you. Always enjoyed working with Donna.
Posted by Tama Backlund on April 25, 2023
I am very sorry for the loss of you wonderful sister, Judy. She (as you do) had the best smiles when greeting people!
Posted by Rich & Jennifer Widman on April 25, 2023
Very sorry for your loss. Losing a Mom is hard but their love is everlasting.
Posted by Christine Thornton on April 25, 2023
Donna was a Beautiful, Lovely Lady. So kind and patient.
I will truly miss her.
My deepest sympathies to Judi & all her family
Posted by Lynn. TerMeer on April 25, 2023
Your in my Thoughts & Prayers 🙏🏼 Had Donna for many years as co- worker ,,,, May she RIP
Posted by Charolette Peterson on April 24, 2023
Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family and friends.
Posted by Sheila Kaye Letcher on April 24, 2023
Donna was an exceptional lady and nurse. Always willing to help. Sympathy and love to all her family at this sad time.
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