August 10, 1931 – Weekday, September 15, 2012
Jesus People Church in Rogers, MN
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
AT THE CHURCH
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Donna Mae Baldwin
On Saturday, September 15, 2012 our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister in Law, Aunt, Cousin and Friend, Donna Mae Baldwin, went to be with the Lord.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday September 19, 2012 at the Jesus People Church, 10925 Trail Haven Road, Rogers, MN. Viewing will begin at 12:30 PM with the Church Service starting at 1:30 PM. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford, Minnesota.
Donna was born to John and Hazel (Holland) Bjorkman in Long Lake Township, Watonwan County, Minnesota on August 10, 1931. Donna attended country school in Galena Township & in Triumph, Minnesota, graduating from the Tri-Mont High School, Triumph, Minnesota with the class of 1949. As a young woman Donna worked as a secretary.
April 4, 1950 Donna married the sweetheart of her life, Warren “Bud’ Baldwin, in rural St. James, Minnesota. To this union they brought 3 sons and 1 daughter into their lives. Donna and Bud celebrated 59 years of marriage together. Donna poured her life into raising and spending time with her children. She taught them the art of cooking, baking, crocheting, how to sew buttons on, memorization of their Bible versus, and the way to the Lord.
Donna grew up in a religious home. She attended a church regularly and believed if the good things she did would outweigh the bad things then someday God would allow her into Heaven. She married Bud and it wasn’t too long before he was drafted and sent to the Army. When he was sent overseas Donna went to live with her sister and her husband. Her sister was saved while in the hospital when their son was born. She came home radiant and telling Donna about how she met Jesus. Her sister told Donna to read the book of Romans so each night she would read and when she came to Rom. 3:23 she became very miserable. One morning she hurried downstairs in tears and told her sister “I have to get saved”. Her sister quoted Rev. 3:20 to Donna and Donna bowed her head and invited Jesus to be her Savior and Lord. Right away Donna saw only two kinds of people – the lost and the saved.
After her husband was discharged from the Army, Donna and he moved back to Minnesota. Donna enjoyed her life as a wife, mother and home maker. She enjoyed baking, and at Christmas time selling her baked items to purchase Christmas gifts for her children. However, Donna felt there was something more she should be doing to serve the Lord, and that is when she started her beloved career as a “Foster Mom” the job she dearly loved for over 50 years. She was blessed with each child that entered her home, and turned many of those children to the Lord. Donna had babies in her home until the time of her diagnosis of Merkel Cell Carcinoma.
Donna enjoyed spending time at Bible Studies, hosting Bible Studies in her home, attending Church, caring for children and entertaining guests in her home. She enjoyed being of help to those in need through praying, cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, and companionship. She had a gentle spirit, a wise mind, and a very calming nature.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband Warren “Bud” Baldwin, daughter Elaine Baldwin, her parents John & Hazel Bjorkman and sister LaVonne Gaalswyk.
Donna is survived by her 3 sons – David (Cheri) Baldwin of Savage, MN, Randal (Linda) Baldwin of Glendive, MT, Timothy (Carla) Baldwin of Heber Springs, AR, Foster Daughter Angeline (Shawn) Arline and Foster Son Jeff Gaffke, her sister in law Marlene (Vic) Coleman from St. James, MN, Brother in Law John Gaalswyk of Owatonna, MN. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and close friends. The Lord blessed Donna with 14 Grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren.
The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael, Minnesota has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.