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Donna Jean Kirchen Arens
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Birth: Jul. 23, 1958
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 7, 2014
Sioux Falls
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA

Donna J. Arens, age 55, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away from complications of health issues on Friday, February 7, 2014, at a local hospital. Memorial Services will be Tuesday, February 11, at 1:00 pm, Miller Funeral Home, 507 South Main, Sioux Falls. Visitation is for one hour prior to the Memorial service, also at Miller Funeral Home.

Donna Jean Kirchen was born July 23, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois as the third of six children to Thomas and Phyllis (Voeltz) Kirchen. As a young child, Donna moved with her family to Sioux Falls. She received her education in the local area, and attended Lincoln High School.

In 1978, Donna was united in marriage to Gary Arens in Sioux Falls, and to this union, the couple would be blessed with five children, Amy, Jennifer, Desiree, Cheryl, and Gary, Jr. Even though Donna worked at several different jobs in Sioux Falls, because of health issues she had been a Homemaker for the past twenty-five years.

Donna will forever be remembered as a very giving person, always there when anyone wanted help or just needed a break, she was there for them. She truly loved her family, especially those wonderful grandchildren. Donna enjoyed playing BINGO at the Good Samaritan Center and bringing her dog Libby for the residents to enjoy also. In her free time, she liked to go fishing and camping with her family. Life was never easy for Donna, but she still met each day with a positive attitude and a smile.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include: her husband of 35 years, Gary; daughters, Amy (Jeremy) Walker of Baltic, SD, Jennifer Arens of Sioux Falls, SD, Desiree (Tonny) Arens-Opoka of Minneapolis, MN, and Cheryl (Cory) Zoppe of Sioux Falls, SD; son, Gary, Jr. (Special Friend, Valerie) of Lennox , SD; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters. Judy (Fred) Higham of Largo, FL, Deborah Willoughby of Douglasville, GA, and Victoria (Kevin) Sanders of Sioux Falls, SD; mother-in-law, Sharon Arens of Sioux Falls; brothers, Steven Kirchen of Sioux Falls, SD, and Thomas (Sherri) Kirchen of Dickinson, ND; and many other friends and relatives. Donna is preceded in death by: her parents, Thomas and Phyllis Kirchen; her grandparents; and her father-in-law.

The family has requested that everyone wear the color purple on Tuesday in memory of Donna.
Family links: 
  Thomas James Kirchen (1934 - 2004)
  Phyllis Loraine Voeltz Schmitt (1936 - 1996)
  Steven Karl Kirchen (1957 - 2014)*
  Donna Jean Kirchen Arens (1958 - 2014)
*Calculated relationship
Created by: CJ
Record added: Mar 25, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 126884887
Donna Jean <i>Kirchen</i> Arens
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 Added: Mar. 25, 2014

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