Obit: Donna Birkhofer


Donna R. Birkhofer, 92, of Wilton died Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 at Leland Smith Assisted Living in Wilton. Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilton. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. Online condolences may be left for the family at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church or St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund in her memory.

Donna was born on Feb. 23, 1927 in Wilton to Herman and Mildred (Ringgenberg) Thurston. She graduated from Wilton High School in 1945 and attended AIC in Davenport. Donna married Donald A. Birkhofer on June 30, 1946 in Wilton. He preceded her in death on March 20, 2006.

Donna was a mail clerk for the Wilton Post Office, retiring after 25 years of service.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wilton and the American Legion Auxiliary Post #584. She served on the boards of Wilton Sunset Housing, the Wilton Pool, and the Durant-Wilton Food Pantry.

She never met a stranger and was well known as “Grandma Donnie” or “Donna B.” She enjoyed traveling, reading, swimming and dancing. Above all, she loved spending time with her family and attending their events.

Donna is survived by her daughter Amber Owens of Wilton; sons Dean (Jean) Birkhofer of Davenport and Dr. Dewey (Jan) Birkhofer of Albert Lea, Minnesota; 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and her brother Bourke (Carla) Thurston of Wilton.

She was preceded in death by her husband; sister Gladys; and brothers Robert, Dean, Landon and Keith Thurston.