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Donna Kuphal

Donna Kuphal, age 91, of Gaylord, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Funeral service were held on Thursday, December 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord with interment in the church cemetery. Clergy officiating was Reverend James King. Organist was Jeanne Bruss. Soloist was Naomi Karstad, “The Lord’s Prayer.” Special music Immanuel Lutheran School Choir, “On Eagle’s Wings.” Congregational hymns sung were “I’m But A Stranger Here”, “Joy To The World”, and “I’ll Fly Away.” Honorary casket bearers were granddaughters. Casket bearers were grandsons. Donna is survived by her children, Julie LeCaptain and her husband, Al of Lake City, MN, Joan Zumhofe and her husband, Jeff of Winthrop, MN, Jean Pagel and her husband, Bruce of Winthrop, MN, Jennifer Hart and her husband, Gary of Farmington, MN, James Kuphal and his wife, Myrna of Winthrop, MN, John Kuphal and his wife, Connie of Hope, MN, Joel Kuphal of Gaylord, MN, Janette Kuphal of New Ulm, MN; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lois Dellota of Laguna Niguel, CA, Dick Karstad of St. Peter, MN, Marlene Nihart of Red Wing, MN, and Elaine Janssen of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Maude Karstad; husband, Richard Kuphal; sisters, Marian Gibson and Lenore Adams. Donna Mae Kuphal was born on March 28, 1928, in Mankato, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Raymond and Maude (Peterson) Karstad. Donna was baptized as an infant on April 22, 1928, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on June 6, 1943, by Pastor J.A. Gustafrom, both at Scandian Grove Lutheran Church in Norseland, Minnesota. She received her education in Nicollet and St. Peter and was a graduate of the St. Peter High School Class of 1945. Donna furthered her education at the Bethesda School of Nursing graduating in 1949. On December 8, 1951, Donna was united in marriage to Richard Kuphal at Scandian Grove Lutheran Church in Norseland. After their marriage, the couple resided in Alfsborg Township, Sibley County, Minnesota. Donna and Richard were blessed with eight children. Donna was employed as a Registered Nurse at the Gaylord Hospital for 30 years. Donna and Richard shared 26 years of marriage when he passed away on July 7, 1978. Donna was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord and she volunteered at Immanuel Lutheran School. She was a member of the Women’s League, Ladies Aid, Church Choir and Hand bell Choir. Donna enjoyed reading, cross-stitching, and quilt making. She cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When she needed assistance with her daily care, Donna became a resident of Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord. She passed away Monday, December 2, 2019, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia at the age of 91 years. Blessed be her memory. Arrangements by Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at<> Please click on obituaries and guest book.

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