Donna K. (Isaacs) (Kennedy) Cremer

Donna K. (Isaacs) (Kennedy) Cremer

Donna K. (Isaacs) (Kennedy) Cremer, age 81, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:20 a.m., on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at Bethany Home. To celebrate Donna’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 26, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 7:00 p.m. To honor Donna’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 27, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Mark Kwenin officiating. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Canton, Iowa.

Donna was born on February 24, 1938, in Maquoketa, Iowa, daughter of Kenneth and Margaretta (Ralston) Isaacs.

Donna lived most of her live in Dubuque, and was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. She was united in marriage to William Kennedy on December 27, 1957, but he would sadly pass away before her after only 8 short years in 1966. Happily, Donna would go on to once again find love and would marry Gary Cremer in April of 1974. The two would spend 29 wonderful years together until he was also called home ahead of her in June of 2003. Donna was always a dedicated employee and spent most of her working career as a bookkeeper for the Dubuque Packing Company, and then with Midwest Adjustment until her well earned retirement. When Donna found some free time in her days she enjoyed tending to her beautiful flower gardens or staying indoors to work on her latest jigsaw puzzle. She truly was a “people person” and loved to spend time with her family and friends sitting and talking, taking a shopping trip, or even occasionally trying her luck at one of the local casinos. Beyond a doubt her family, especially the grandchildren, meant the whole world to her. Donna’s faith was also an integral part of her life, as was evidenced by her long time membership with Sacred Heart Church. We are deeply saddened at losing Donna in our daily lives, and will miss her more than words can express. We love you!

Those left to cherish Donna’s memory include

her children,
Mike (Peggy) Kennedy, Epworth, IA,
Dan (Beth) Kennedy, Dubuque, IA,
Jeff (Ann) Cremer, Dubuque, IA,
Sheri Scheffert, Dubuque, IA
and Shelley (Jay) Lanser, Dubuque, IA;

her 13 grandchildren;

and her 15 great-grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; her 1st husband, William Kennedy; her 2nd husband; Gary Cremer; a son, Tim Kennedy; and a granddaughter, Kellie.

Donna’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home, and 2nd floor at Mercy Hospital, for all of their kind, considerate and compassionate care of Donna and the entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
December 26th, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral service

Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church
2215 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
December 27th, 2019 at 10:30 AM

5 condolences for Donna K. (Isaacs) (Kennedy) Cremer
  1. Diane Trimborn says:

    On behalf of Virginia Uthe and Family, I would like to express sincere condolences and prayers.
    Virginia and Donna were coworkers (at Midwest Adjustment Company) and friends for many years.
    May her family find some comfort knowing she has found eternal peace in Heaven.
    May the memories of her that you share together keep her love and spirit alive inside each of you.

  2. Mary Slattery says:

    Al and I always loved the wonderful conversations we had with Donna during our visits to Dubuque. She was always so kind and delightful. She lit up ALWAYS when talking about her family and as noted in her obituary especially her grandchildren. We pray her family and friends find comfort in the days ahead. Love…Mary and Al Slattery


    Mike,Dan,Jeff your mom was the best lady, she was always a sweet lady to know. I remember going to visit aunt Marge and uncle Ike and Donna and the kids right next door. Along with grandma Ralston. Got to see all of you .she will be missed by many.

  4. Cheri Schaar says:

    Mike & Peggy, thinking of you and the kids. Cherish all the memories you have all had with her. Sending lots of love and prayers.

  5. Kitty Koeneke says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of yours loss. Mom and dad want to let you know you are in their thoughts and prayers

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