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It is with a heavy heart we announce the death of our beloved mother, Donetta Bowe.  She passed peacefully from COVID-19 complications at Mayo Clinic Health System – St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, Minn.

Donetta was born July 17, 1931, in the Town of Howard, the daughter of William & Cecelia (Gaier) Schindler.  She attended St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Cooks Valley until the 8th grade.  She went to work at the Chippewa Shoe Factory and later married Roland G. Bowe on May 13, 1952, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Donetta lived live to the fullest.  She loved spending time swinging and listening to the birds.  She was an avid Brewer fan and loved going up north with her sisters to visit the casino every year on her birthday.  Her children and grandchildren meant the world to her.

She is survived by her children: Philip (Cindy), Keith (Lois), and Kathryn (Douglas) Steinmetz; six grandchildren: Scott (Nicole), Brent (Meghan), Stephanie (Dan), Pasowicz, Kelsey Steinmetz, Rhonda (Tony) Pecha, and Roxi (Joel) Nielsen; eight great grandchildren: Austin, Lauren and Charlotte Bowe; Tyler and Syndey Pecha; Emma, Grace and Sam Nielsen; three sisters: Mary Jane Bohl, Betty Hable, and Tess (Dick) Keller; three brothers: William, Eugene (Bonnie), and Larry (Rose Mary).

Donetta was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Roland in 2014; her brothers: James (Mary), and John (Melva); sister: Dolores (Lawrence); brothers-in-law: William Bohl, Arnold Hable; sister-in-law: Rose Schindler.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer with Father Victor Feltes celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s North Catholic Cemetery, Bloomer. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer with a Christian Vigil Service at 7 p.m. to conclude the evening visitation.   Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

The family requests that facemasks be worn at both the visitation and funeral service.

 Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family.  To express condolences online, please visit