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Donna Mae Burkholder

KSAL StaffJune 15, 2021

Donna Mae (Pancake) Burkholder of Salina, Kansas passed away on June 12th at the age of 90. Born on January 7, 1931 to Clarence and Ella Pancake, she was the youngest of six children. She grew up on a farm near Enterprise and graduated from Chapman High School. She spent most of her life in her home state of Kansas but also lived in Chicago and Puerto Rico.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her five siblings, Viola Grose, Margaret Dolton, Doris McKinney, Verna Jean Skelton, and Gerald Pancake.

Donna worked in retail for most of her adult life. Folks shopping at JC Penney, Kline’s or Dillards over the years will remember Donna as a kind soul who was always willing to help others. After retirement, Donna continued to work part time at USD 305 for many years, reinforcing her strong work ethic and desire to stay engaged and active. She liked to stay busy and productive. In addition to work, Donna enjoyed listening to music, being outdoors, having coffee with friends, reading, going to church and spending time with her family. She raised four daughters and taught them to be kind and compassionate. She also had a wonderfully rye and subtle sense of humor.

Donna is survived by her four daughters, Elena Goetz of Salina, Linda Moore of Ada, Oklahoma, Colette Scott of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and Kelly Woodlock of Crystal Lake, Illinois; seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

She was a strong woman who was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 18th from 4:00-6:00 pm at Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home, 500 S. Ohio St., Salina.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 19th at 11:00 am at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Oat Rd & 2000 Avenue, Enterprise, Kansas.

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