Donna Linderbaum Gilman, 80
Fri, 01/20/2023 - 3:35pm admin
Aug. 6, 1942 —
Jan. 16, 2023
FORMERLY OF CRESCO - Donna Kay (Linderbaum) Gilman, age 80, formerly of Cresco, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Jan. 16, 2023.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Minneapolis area in the spring of 2023, followed by an internment ceremony in Cresco.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate sharing a special memory on her Tribute Wall at Sandbergfuneralhome.com. Any financial donations may be made as a tribute gift in her name to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
The daughter of Arno and Esther (Schaefer) Linderbaum, Donna was born on the family farm outside Cresco on Aug. 6, 1942 and was a graduate of Cresco High School, where she was a member of the school’s drama club and a cheerleader for the boy’s basketball, football and wrestling teams.
After graduation, she moved to Rochester, Minn., where she worked in banking and met her first husband, Robert A. Hanson; they had one son. After moving to the Twin Cities, she met and married her second husband, David M. Gilman and added two daughters to her family.
After many years of raising children, playing tennis and volunteering at the Children’s Hospital, Donna pursued a Bachelors Degree at the University of Minnesota. Becoming an accomplished artist, she graduated with an Art History major and spent several months in China studying Chinese art.
Returning to Minnesota, Donna started working in the jewelry business, where she eventually managed stores for multiple companies. Upon retiring, she returned to her volunteer work at the Russian Art Museum and spent as much time as she could with her children and grandchildren.
Donna is survived by siblings, Allyn Linderbaum of Ridgeway, Iowa and Darlene Schmitt, Carol Seifer, and Steven Linderbaum of Cresco. She is also survived by her children, Paul (Krista) Hanson of Maplewood, Minn. Cheryl (Mark) Fihn of Temple, Texas and Sheila Lemmens of Minnetonka, Minn.; ten grandchildren; and five great-grand- children.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Marilyn Dvorak.