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Donna Meyer

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January 30, 1934 - September 22, 2023

Donna Meyer, 89, of Perry  passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at Spring Valley Retirement Community Assisted Living surrounded by family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry. Visitation will be on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Rosary held at 7 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be at Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Adel at 2 p.m. Memorials will be given to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Online condolences may be left at

Donna was born to George M. (Judd) St. John and Elizabeth (Carroll) St. John on Jan. 30, 1934. She attended schools in Algona at Bryant Elementary, New Hampton High School and St. Joseph Catholic School. She graduated from St. Cecelia Academy in 1951. Following graduation, she became a telephone operator at Northwestern Bell in Algona and transferred to Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in Oceanside, Calif. Donna also held jobs at the Algona Reminder and in Perry at the Gambles store, as the proofreader at the Perry Daily Chief, bookkeeper at the Perry Progressive Foundry and 20 years as an Avon Representative. Donna was BPW Mother of the Year in 1976.

Donna was married to Donald Martin Meyer in 1952 in Oceanside, Calif.

Donna was preceded on death by her parents, Elizabeth and George (Judd) St. John, husband, Donald (Marty) Meyer and brother, Perry St. John.

Donna is survived by her daughter Becky (Kim) Whiton of Mediapolis; son Blaine (Diane) of W. Lafayette, Ind.; Karen (Randy) Goughnour of Omaha, Neb.; Craig (Becky) of Pella and Scott (Cara) of Pella. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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