Madonna M. “Donna” Downs – Manchester

Madonna Mae “Donna” Downs, 81, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017, surrounded by her family at her residence.  She was born on May 31, 1936, in Bernard, the daughter of Ted and Minnie (Sternhagen) Wall.  Donna was raised and educated in the Delhi area.


On August 21, 1954, Donna was united in marriage to Cecil Downs at the Delaware County Courthouse in Manchester. Four children were born to this union.  The family moved to a farm north of Manchester in 1964.   The couple lived in Manchester for the past eight years.


Donna was an avid Iowa Hawkeye basketball fan.  She helped at church and enjoyed shopping at the Camp Courageous Garage Sale.  Donna loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


Survivors include her husband, Cecil Downs of Manchester; four children, Vickie (Garry) Morris of Delhi, Bill (Kelly Antons) Downs of Dundee, Deb (Kevin) Wieser of Manchester, and Lori (Johnny) Reimers of Marion; eight grandchildren, Amy (Vern) Tjaden, Sarah Wieser, Matt Wieser, Abby Downs, Jill Morris, Justin (Amanda) Downs, Lucas Wieser, and Ian Reimers; eight great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Masyn Wieser, Madison, Blaine, and Hunter Wieser,  Ryan Tjaden, and Alizandra and Edwin Tompkins.


Donna was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Bill Wall.


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Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa, with Rev. Tony D. Ede officiating.


Visitation:  3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Monday, November 20, 2017, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa. Friends may also call one hour before services at the funeral home on Tuesday.


Interment:  Evergreen Cemetery  – Delhi, Iowa