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Donna S. Carson Gerdes

Donna S. Carson Gerdes was born April 30, 1959 to Don and Catherine Carson in St. Cloud, MN. She passed away early Sunday morning, May 16, 2021, at Essentia Health Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Her passing ended a valiant two year struggle with kidney cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Ron Ferris.

Donna’s life centered on her family, both intimate and extended. That care also reached out to her church family at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth, where she served as Church Secretary for the last 17 years, a job she loved.

Donna loved to crochet and is known for her crocheted gifts and contributions to raise money for many causes. For many years she has created over fifty blankets a year, many with original artistic designs.

Donna leaves behind her husband, Sonny Wehvila, her son, Jackson Gerdes (Nikki Nikunen), and her step-son, Steven Wehvila. She is also survived by siblings, Rosalie (Iraj) Ezati, Mary (Mark) Simpson, Patty Ferris, Elaine (Mark) Schonhardt, D.J. (Jennifer) Carson, Jim (Monica) Carson, and close friend, Elaine Wickstrom. She will also be lovingly missed by 15 nieces and nephews, 18 great-nieces and nephews, and 5 grandchildren.

A memorial service for Donna will be planned at a later date.

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