Donna Jean (Schauer) Smith was born on November 11, 1938 to Ella Lila Schauer in Pukwana, SD. She grew up at Pukwana where she graduated from High School in 1957. In 1957 she married Gerald Albertz and raised their family on a farm near Alexandria, SD. In 1973 she married George “Pixie” Smith. They resided in Bridgewater, SD where Donna was employed by the City Bar and was a certified nurse’s assistant at the Diamond Care Center until retiring in 2002.
She was an avid gardener, raising beautiful plants. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her daughters and grandson, Braxton. In June 2007 she was diagnosed with cancer.
She is survived by her sons: Dale Albertz of Alaska, John (Rose) Albertz of Bridgeport, NE, Kelvin (Linda) Albertz of Alexandria, SD and her daughters: Lila Albertz of Williston, ND, Rhonda (Jeff Jeno) Smith of Marion, SD, Melinda (Brian) Kuhl of Salem, SD and six grandchildren: Kelsey, Taylor, Jena, Jessica, Travis Albertz and Braxton Smith.She was preceded in death by her mother, Ella, one son, Gerald Willie Albertz and one granddaughter, Chelsie Kuhl.