Obit: Donna Carlson


Donna J. Carlson, 85, of Muscatine, died on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Calvary Church in Muscatine. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Family will greet friends from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the church before the service. Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorials be sent to Muscatine Firefighters Association, 312 E 5th Street, Muscatine, IA, 52761, in Donna’s memory.

Donna was born on Dec. 29, 1935, the daughter of Harry P. and Velma Van Zandt Schneider. She graduated from Muscatine High School in 1954. Donna married Robert D. Carlson on June 1, 1958, in Muscatine.

Donna is survived by her husband, Bob Carlson of Muscatine; three children, Victoria (Vince) Casaregola of St. Louis, Missouri, John (Laura) Carlson of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Greg (Heather) Carlson of Muscatine; six grandchildren; two sisters; and two sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Wayne Schneider; and brother-in-law, Douglas Coder.