Donna O. Nordstrom, 81, of Lodi/Coon Valley

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Donna O. Nordstrom, 81, of Lodi and formerly of Coon Valley, died Monday August 7, 2017 in Madison. She was born July 19, 1936 to Orion and Dena (Mathison) Tostrud and baptized and confirmed at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church.  Donna graduated from Westby High School and UW-La Crosse. She married Charles Nordstrom on June 28, 1958.  Donna taught kindergarten in Cashton before teaching at Coon Valley Elementary School, where she taught 1st, 7th and 8th grades the rest of her career.  She moved to Lodi in 2014.  She was an active member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church, WELCA and Ruth Circle.  Donna enjoyed scrapbooking, playing piano, following the Brewers and Packers and spending time with family.


Survivors include 3 sons, Carl “Kip” and Colin Nordstrom both of Lodi and Marc (Michelle) Nordstrom of Stoughton; 7 grandchildren, Beth and Brady, Tyler and Dustin, Kellen, Kylie and Haley and a great grandchild Prycen. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Charlie in 2007.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday August 12, 2017 at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Rev. Mitzi Miyamoto will officiate with burial in the church cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time.
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written by Steve Murphy, August 10, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during these difficult times. Be assured that our Savior has his loving arms around the family.
written by Linda and KD DelFabro, August 10, 2017
Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with Donna and her loving family. Gods Blessings today and always.
The BEST teacher EVER
written by Brooke Hardison, August 12, 2017
Mrs. Nordstrom was simply the best teacher. She was strict, but she loved all her students and truly wanted the best for you and for you to succeed. She was full of love for both her job and her students. I remember some of us use to joke and call her the Grammar Nazi, but you know what?? I speak proper English and know how to spell. I know the difference between there, their, and they're..etc I can read a novel and write a story. I love poetry all thanks to Mrs Nordstrom. She knew exactly what to say to give you the encouragement you needed. I hadn't seen her for many years, but my memories of her are so encouraging and happy. My deepest sympathy to your whole family. I know what kind of a teacher she was, so I can only imagine she was a better mother and grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
written by Chrisanne McGraw, August 13, 2017
In the late 1960's and early 1970's, I dated a wonderful guy named Mark Servais, who played ball for Coon Valley under the one and only, Charlie Nordstrom. We had several years of great baseball and even greater fun and friendship with the ball players, their family and friends, and especially, Donna and Charlie. Their home was always open to everyone, Donna's arms and heart were always open, and she had the biggest smile and cutest chuckle in all of the Upper Midwest. I admired her so much, sought comfort and friendship with her and thoroughly enjoyed and looked forward to every moment spent with her. I have since moved out of the La Crosse area and have a family of my own, but hearing this news brought both smiles of sweet memories and a tug of great sadness to my heart. Donna was a wonderful person and I know she will be missed. One of my favorite moments with Donna and Charlie was at their house which was literally PACKED with ball players, friends, families, old and young -- standing room only. Donna was out of sight for a moment, probably in the kitchen, when Charlie walked in from outside. He looked around the crowded room and, when he did not see Donna, he asked sincerely, "Where is everybody?" She was the only one missing from his view, but if Donna wasn't there, it didn't matter a whole lot who else WAS there. THAT was love. THAT was Donna and Charlie. May she rest in peace with him now.
written by Scott and Lisa Vatland and Family, August 17, 2017
So very sorry for your great loss.
Mrs. Nordstrom was a wonderful teacher and friend.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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