Carmel R. Donlan

Friday, March 27, 2015 2:46 pm

Carmel R. Donlan, 47, of Waterloo and formerly of Cresco, died Friday, March 20, 2015, at her home in Waterloo after struggling from numerous health issues. Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco, with Fr. Dennis Cain officiating. Interment will follow in St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Bluffton. Friends may call at the Funeral Home Saturday from 9:30 until time of services.

Carmel was born Aug. 8, 1967, in Cresco. Carmel attended the Howard-Winneshiek School district; grades K-6 in Ridgeway and 7-12 in Cresco, graduating in 1986. She attended UNI for three years and then AIC in Waterloo taking courses in hotel and restaurant management. Carmel dearly loved working with people and throughout her life worked as a waitress in various food service places in Cresco, Oelwein and Waterloo, where she lived until the time of her death. In addition to waitressing Carmel loved music, walking, swimming, collecting and giving away angel figurines and, mostly, her dear friends. She was a very compassionate, loving person who also had a great love for all animals.

Carmel is survived by her mom, Dolores Donlan (and friend Charles Marlow) of Cresco; her father, Clement Donlan, of Lime Springs; her brother, Lee (Jun) Donlan, their daughter, Erina of Gig Harbor, Wash.; two sisters, Annette (Paul) Lorenz, their son John of Cedar Rapids and Valerie Madison of Denver, Colo.; she is further survived by Charles Marlow’s mother: Kathy Marlow of Cresco; Charles’s children: Mike Marlow (friend Janice) of Decorah, Dawn (Tim) Milligan, of Decorah, Charles Marlow, of Mesa, Ariz.; and her cat, Mittens.

Carmel was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents; three uncles, Marvin Donlan, Duane Skretta and Ken Schmitz; and her best friend, Loyal ‘Bud’ Schult.

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