Donna Marie Rohlf, age 81, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at the Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Washington after a brave 20 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
She was born April 7, 1929 in Aitkin, Minnesota to Theodore and Sylvia (Deremo) Knutson. She grew up in Minnesota and later moved to Seattle in the 1950’s residing there for many years until moving in 1968 to Concrete residing there for 42 years.
Donna was married to Ray Rohlf on August 28, 1946 in Aitkin, Minnesota and he preceded her in death in April of 1973. She worked as a real estate sales person in the Concrete area for many years. Donna sang and played guitar in jam sessions with many country bands at local establishments throughout Skagit and King Counties including Arky and the Arkansas Travelers, the Skagit Belles, and alongside Bill McLane who fondly gave her the nickname “Snapper”. She enjoyed singing, guitar, gardening, cooking, art, her little dog Tinkerbell, and time spent with her family. Donna was a member of the American Legion and Eagles Auxiliary in Concrete.
Donna is survived by her 5 children, Cliff Rohlf of Renton, Diane Willis and her companion Jim of Auburn, Mike Rohlf of Burlington, Rena Erickson and her husband Jason of Mill Creek, and Cheryl Clark and her husband Chad of Concrete. Her grandchildren, Michael, Tara, Donovan, Jeff, Tyler, Dylan, Kylie, 5 great-grandchildren, and her brother, Gene Knutson and his wife Donna Mae of Palisade, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ray and 2 brothers, Ted and Harvey Knutson.
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be so be put his arms around you and whispered come home with me. With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away, and although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, trembling hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.
Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Lyman Cemetery with Pastor Jim Cannon of Sedro-Woolley officiating. Arrangements and Services are under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.