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Donna Ash

September 27, 1951 — December 23, 2018


Donna L. Ash, 67, Schofield, went to heaven peacefully in the comfort of her own bed at Cedar Ridge Elder Services on December 23, 2018.

Donna was the daughter of Dorothy and Lloyd Ash and was born September 27th, 1951 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  As a young child, she was placed in Northern Colony and then other care centers throughout Wisconsin until she then came to live with the Garske Family in 1987.

Donna was a loving and joyful soul.  She loved dancing, singing, the Packers, dogs, cats, all-star wrestling and was an avid Elvis Presley fan.  She made two trips to visit Graceland with her foster mother and guardian, Sheila Garske.

We would like to thank all Special Olympic volunteers and coaches that brought so much joy to Donna’s life through track and bowling events.

She had 28 summers of fun and adventures going to Camp Blessing and Easter Seals Camps.

Donna is survived by her niece, Bobbi Ash of Cottage Grove, WI; nephew, Erik Ash of Littleton, CO and sister-in-law, Kathy Ash of Madison, WI.  She is also survived by her foster parents, Sheila and Bill Garske and foster sister, Leah Garske of Weston; foster brothers, Will Garske of Tomahawk and Matthew (Renee) Garske of Wausau.  Preceding Donna in death besides her parents was her brother, Wayne Ash, in 2014.

The funeral service for Donna will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 29th, at Helke Funeral Home, Wausau.  Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest next to her parents in Warren Cemetery in Roberts, WI (St. Croix County).  Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at

Sheila Garske would like to thank Dr. Frank Rubino and the Cedar Ridge Elder Services staff for their diligent and loving care for Donna.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Donna Ash, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

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