Donna Koeller

On Dec. 6, 1933, Donna Koeller was born in Gresham to Louis and Clara (Buettner) Koeller.

Donna graduated from Gresham High School in 1951. She went on to the College of St. Benedict and entered the convent after her first year. Donna became a Benedictine sister and taught school in Minnesota for 12 years. After leaving the convent, she came back to Wisconsin to teach at St. Margaret Mary in Neenah for 22 years. Donna then became the principal for 10 years at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Hortonville. Returning to Neenah, Donna spent another 10 years in different teaching positions with the Twin City Catholic Schools: St. Margaret Mary, St. Gabriel and Seton Middle School before ill health caused her to retire.

Teaching was Donna’s passion, and she loved her students. Her greatest hope was that she taught them well and they would lead successful lives, becoming responsible citizens within their community.

Donna leaves behind her brothers, Larry Koeller and Mike (Toni Rozek) Cane; nephew, Todd (Monica) Koeller; nieces, Lori (Allen) Larson, Carol (Charles) Schmidt, Debbie (Mike Lasko) Jaskolski and Jody (Steven) Gerdin. Donna also leaves behind her special friend and caregiver for many years, Adele Kulinski, and many more relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Clara Koeller; brother, Norman Koeller; and sister, Shirley Koeller.

The visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023. at St. Joseph Parish, 404 W. Lawrence St., Appleton, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11 a.m. Reverend Carl Diederichs and Brother Ray Stadmeyer will officiate. To sign the guest book, please visit

Special thanks are extended to the Fresenius nurses and techs for their loving care over the past three years.

In lieu of flowers, contributions will be used to establish a memorial fund at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Donna’s name.

O’Connell Funeral Home

Little Chute 920-788-6237