Basham Funeral Service

Donna Jean Burkel

( March 08, 1947 - July 17, 2020 )

Donna Jean Burkel age 73 of Woonsocket, died of natural causes at her home Friday July 17, 2020. Funeral service will be held Wednesday July 22nd at the Basham Funeral Chapel, Woonsocket at 1:00 pm.  Visitations will be Tuesday at the funeral home from 5-7 pm. Burial at the Restlawn Memory Garden cemetery, Huron.  Rev. Zach Kingery will officiate.

Donna Jean Burkel, the daughter of Roland and Blanche (Hibbard) Wieting, was born on March 8th, 1947 in Huron, SD. She lived on a farm near Hitchcock, SD until 1957 when she moved to Huron with her family in October 1958 they moved to Woonsocket, SD. On February 17,1973 Donna was united in marriage to Donald Burkel in Wessington Springs, SD.


Donna worked at various places in and around Woonsocket, Alpena, and Huron as a well-known cook and most recently as store help at the Salvation Army in Huron. Donna never truly retired from helping others and cooking. Donna’s beloved hobbies were cooking, her vegetable and flower gardens. She loved her family and friends. If you stopped by at mealtime, grab a seat your eating and all strays were welcome.


Donna was survived by her husband of 47 years, Donald of Woonsocket, South Dakota; children Danaee Marquette of Aurora, SD, Jona Hokanson (Mike Wanous) of Huron, SD, Mathew (Sarah) Burkel of Woonsocket, SD, Curtis Burkel of Woonsocket, SD. 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grand children. Sister Rolanda Larive of Huron, SD; and numerous family and friends.


Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Roland and Blanche, brother Elroy Wieting, sister Mary Johnson, son Daniel Thompson, and granddaughter Isabel Burkel.