Donna L. Stock

Donna L. Stock, age 83 of Waterloo, Iowa passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 8th, with her daughters Jolene and Corine, along with her son-in-law
John, by her side.  Donna has gone to heaven to be reunited with her daughter Tracy and son-in-laws Ed Garris and Craig Ramaker.

Donna was born on January 26, 1937, along with her twin Dotta, in Hampton, IA to Homer and Ellen (Kuhn) Stilson.

Donna graduated from Dumont High School in 1955.  In December, 1956 Donna married Dennis Stock and they had three daughters, but they later divorced. She then moved to Waterloo and worked several jobs in the area before earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Northern Iowa, in 1974.  Donna was then employed at John Deere for 24 years before retiring in 1999.

Donna loved to sew and truly had blessed hands for sewing.  She made her daughter’s wedding gowns, bridesmaid and prom dresses.  Donna also did alterations for countless people in the Waterloo area, even though she had an endless supply of alteration requests to do for her family.  Donna loved to bake as well, and chocolate chip cookies were her favorite to have on the table for family or friends that would stop by.  Donna had a loving and caring heart, a million dollar smile and her laughter brightened any room.

Donna was an active member of the Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church, she belonged to Priscilla Circle and was in charge of the Funeral Committee for many years.  She always kept herself busy through volunteering in the community and especially enjoyed being the snack lady at the San Marnan Kwik Trip.  Donna also filled her retirement years enjoying her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donna is survived by her daughters, Corine (John) Nordeen of Story City, IA along with their two sons Kyle (Ashley) Nordeen and Michael (Jamie) Nordeen;  Tracy (Ed) Garris’s children, Anthony (Ashley) Garris of Byron, MN, Jordan (Alyssa) Garris of Milwaukee, WI and Isabella (Eman) Garris of Waterloo, IA;  and Jolene (Craig) Stock of Rochester, MN along with her two sons, Cooper Ramaker of Rochester, MN and Jackson Ramaker of Tempe, AZ; four great-grandchildren, Arianna and Anora, Elijah and Ezra; three sisters, Dotta (Lyle) Uhlenhopp of Aplington, IA, Shirley (Roger) Curran of Waterloo, IA, and Janie (Robert) Brandhorst of Waterloo, IA.; and many special nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Tracy Garris; son-in-laws, Ed Garris and Craig Ramaker; brother-in-laws, Robert Brandhorst and Roger Curran; and her parents, Homer and Ellen Stilson.

A private family Memorial Service will be held Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 10am at Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church with burial following at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. Close family friends may call the church to reserve pew space.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church, 1207 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo, IA  50702.

Cards of condolences may be mailed to Jolene Stock, 410 23rd Ave SW, Rochester, MN  55902.

Memories and condolences of Donna are also welcome at

9 thoughts on “Donna L. Stock

  1. I always admired your Mother. She was strong, independent and often witty. You had a long, close relationship to cherish. Best wishes and prayers. ❤️

  2. My sincere sympathy to all. Aunt Donna will be missed, but good she has no more pain. Love, Vickie

  3. My sympathy for your loss! I remember growing up with all you girls and visiting often in Waterloo. She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

  4. My sympathies to all. I have a lot of happy memories of times spent with Aunt Donna and girls. We had a lot of fun. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Jolene, sending love to you and your family at this time of great loss. Your mother was amazing and so strong. I didn’t know that she was a twin. A very special lady indeed.

  6. Love you always Aunt Donna! Love that you are my moms twin: “Donna Lee and Dotta Lou”. Your sisters and family miss you already but we know that you are with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. ❤️

  7. My sympathy to you all. I worked around Donna at Deere’s. She was a very pleasant,fun,witty,gal. She would brighten up the room. Lots of good memories.

  8. My sympathies at the loss of your Mother, Mother-in-Law, Grandmother and friend.
    I assisted Donna with her income taxes when she needed me.

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