Donna J. Wills

NEW ULM — Donna J. Wills, age 75 of New Ulm died Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 am on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Father Garrett Ahlers will celebrate the Mass, and burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Monday, and continue from 9:00-10:30 am on Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-North Chapel in New Ulm.

The Christian Mothers will pray the rosary at 4 pm on Monday at the Cathedral.

To leave an online condolence for her family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org

Donna is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” Wills of New Ulm; her daughters, Sheri (Denny) Johnson of Madelia, Julie (Lee) Portner of New Ulm; grandson, Dylan Portner; sisters, Mary (Gary) Mertz of New Ulm, Connie (Mike) Stueber of New Ulm, Lori (Brian) Franta of Gibbon; and brothers, Allan Hillesheim of Minneapolis, Myron (Monica) Hillesheim of New Ulm, Mick (Cyndi) Hillesheim of New Ulm, Tony (Deb) Hillesheim of New Ulm, Brian (Barb) Hillesheim of New Ulm; brother-in-law, Tom (Mary) Wills of Plymouth; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Erwin and Elaine Hillesheim; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Shorty and Tuddy Wills.

Donna Jean Hillesheim was born November 29, 1944, in New Ulm to Erwin and Elaine (Hindermann) Hillesheim. She attended grade school in Clear Lake District 179 and was a 1962 graduate from Holy Trinity High School. On October 20, 1962, Donna was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Wills at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. This union blessed the couple with two daughters whom together they raised in New Ulm where Donna worked at Windings before beginning her 30+ year career with 3M. Donna eventually retired from 3M in 2004. Besides her work, there were a variety of hobbies in life that brought her great joy. Donna dearly enjoyed spending time in the summers tending to her flowers and working in the yard. She also enjoyed to socialize with her “coffee ladies”. To relax, Donna loved going for her walks, playing solitaire, or simply going for a drive with Dick to see the country side. Donna was always known for being one to have her lipstick on, and was ready to go. She was a devout member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm where she was a member of the St. Joseph/St. Elizabeth Catholic United, the Christian Mothers, and the CCW. What Donna truly cherished most in her life was her family. She gave out a lot of hugs over her life that will forever be remembered. Donna will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Blessed be her memory.