Cover photo for Donna L. Ritter's Obituary
Donna L. Ritter Profile Photo
1929 Donna L. Ritter 2023

Donna L. Ritter

May 27, 1929 — April 3, 2023

La Crosse

Donna L. (Welch) Ritter,93, of La Crosse passed away peacefully on Monday April 3, 2023, at Mayo Health System in La Crosse.

Madonna(Donna) Leonette Welch was born at her family home in Lansing IA on May 27th, 1929 to Leo T. and Anna(Laughlin) Welch.  She was the oldest of six children who all learned the value of hard work on the family farm.  She attended a one room schoolhouse before making the big move to St. Patrick’s High School in Waukon, IA where she graduated in 1947. 

After high school she moved to La Crosse where she worked at the A&P grocery store.  It was while working there that she met her future husband Robert A. Ritter.  They married on May 8th, 1954 at St. Wenceslaus church in La Crosse.    

She was extremely proud of her Irish heritage and had the good fortune of traveling to Ireland on 3 different occasions.  The trip in 2002 was especially memorable as it included all her brothers and sisters.  She also thoroughly enjoyed and looked forward to her winter visits to Arizona.  Her sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Jack Kaufman, generously hosted her each winter for as many as 6-8 weeks. 

She enjoyed traveling to wherever a special event was occurring.  Weddings, graduations, family and school reunions, athletic and musical events where her grandchildren participated.  Her grandsons and great-granddaughter were her pride and joy.

She is survived by a daughter, Leanne(Mark) Bentzen of La Crosse; a son, Mark(Karen) Ritter of Onalaska; four grandsons, Joshua Bentzen of Pittsburgh, Chris(Kori) Bentzen of La Crosse, Tom Ritter of Golden, CO, Nolan(Katie) Ritter of La Crosse; a great-granddaughter, Elsie Rose Bentzen.  She is further survived by three sisters, Anita Welch of La Crosse, Elaine(Jack) Kaufman of Sun City, AZ, Sister Leanne Welch of Dubuque, IA; one brother, Denis(Marlene) Welch of Lansing, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert A. Ritter; and a brother, Wayne Welch.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Mary, Mother of the Church in La Crosse.  Rev. Brian D. Konopa will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Catholic Cemetery of La Crosse.  Friends may call for visitation from 9:30am until the start of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: Aquinas Schools Foundation, Mary Mother of the Church, or a charity of your choice. 

A very special thank you to the Mayo 7th floor nursing staff for their kindness, compassion, and excellent care of mom during her time with them.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Donna L. Ritter, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Saturday, April 29, 2023

9:30 - 10:30 am (Central time)

Mary, Mother of the Church Parish

2006 Weston St, La Crosse, WI 54601

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Mass

Saturday, April 29, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

Mary, Mother of the Church Parish

2006 Weston St, La Crosse, WI 54601

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Guestbook

Visits: 954

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree