A graveside service for Donna Ryberg was held on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the White River Cemetery in White River, SD, with Pastor Jason Christensen officiating.
Casket bearers were Reid Rutten, Dylan McCarthy, Tim McCarthy, Gary Hovey, Tony Green and Randy Bachelor.
Interment was in the White River Cemetery in White River, SD. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Donna Mae (Kriege) Ryberg was born on April 2, 1937, to Robert and Irene (Mott) Kriege at Murdo, SD. She grew up on the family farm at White River and was joined by three sisters, Midge, Vera, Pat and two brothers, Buzz and Ralph.
As a little girl, she milked cows, gathered eggs, herded sheep on horseback, helped tend to her siblings and dreamed of being a cowgirl. Donna attended school at Big White Country School through the eighth grade and then boarded with Mrs. Anderson in White River for high school, graduating in 1956.
On May 28, 1956, she married Arthur Ryberg at the White River Methodist Church and they started their life together, working with his parents to maintain the farm. On June 14, 1957, they had their first child, a daughter Raedene. Julius and Josephine retired later that year and Art and Donna took over the farm operation. On December 30, 1959, a son, Terry, joined the family. Son Marty was born on August 25, 1962, and the family was complete with the birth of son Mick on September 11, 1965.
Art and Donna were busy parents, tending to the farm, attending school activities and becoming active in the community. Donna joined many organizations including the American Legion Auxiliary Otterman Post #94, Cottonwood Ladies Aid, Senior Citizens, Mellette County Historical Society and Red Hat Ladies. She held many offices over the years and served as secretary, treasurer and president. Having lost her leg to cancer at the age of 14, she is credited with starting a cancer support group in White River.
Like any farm wife, she enjoyed taking care of her family, maintaining a large garden, baking, sewing and spending time with neighbors and friends.
Art passed away unexpectedly on May 26, 1993, and Donna continued her life at the farm aided by Mick. Mick moved to Mitchell, SD, and Donna began to enjoy retirement, maintaining her farm lifestyle, but focusing more on the organizations
At the same time the world was struck by a pandemic, Donna took a spill at home and required a hospital stay and the inability to have physical contact with family and friends, and her health rapidly declined with the eventual diagnosis of lymphoma.
She was preceded in death by her husband Art, son Mick, parents Bob and Irene, sisters Midge, Vera and Pat and brother Ralph.
She is survived by daughter Raedene (Gary) Hovey of Reliance, SD; sons Terry of San Diego, CA and Marty (Sandy) of Renton, WA; granddaughters Cindy (Tim) McCarthy, Chelsea (Igor) Parkman and Caitie (Justin) Laxton; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; brother Buzz (Astrid); sister-in-law Alyce and many nieces and nephews.