Donna Kastein

Date of Death: Apr 03, 2021
Donna Kastein

1931 - 2021

Donna Kastein, 89, of Fond du Lac passed away peacefully and entered her eternal heavenly home on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac, WI.


Donna J. Kastein was born May 28, 1931 in Kingston, WI the daughter of Vern and Elsie Klimke Niklaus during the great depression. Her father was a cheesemaker and immigrated from Switzerland. From Kingston the family moved to Leroy and then soon after to Markesan for the majority of her childhood years. Donna graduated from Markesan High School in 1949. On September 1, 1950 she married Wyman Kastein at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Markesan. They celebrated 66 years of marriage together. The couple resided in Alto for 60 years and moved to Waupun in 2010. After Wyman’s passing, she relocated to The Meadows in Fond du Lac. Donna was a co-owner of Kastein Hatchery and Poultry Farm. She was also employed at Alto Co-op for 15 years and retired in 1998. Donna was a member of the Alto Reformed Church and its Women’s Missionary Society.


There was nothing more important to Donna than her wonderful husband and beautiful family. She cherished them like nothing else except for her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a determined, strong-willed woman who loved to learn about new things but still had an incredible appreciation for her past and history in general, especially telling stories of her youth while living during the Depression. She enjoyed politics, lifelong friends, the Alto Fair, and food.


Donna is survived by her five children, Mark (Dianne) Kastein of Brandon, Craig (Jan) Kastein of Fond du Lac, Faye (Mark) Twohig of Fond du Lac, Kurt ( Andrea) Kastein of Fort Collins, Co, and William (Roxanne) Kastein of Charlotte, North Carolina, thirteen grandchildren, Angela Loomans, Nathan, Nickolas and Jordan Kastein, T DeHaan Kastein, Seth and Emily Kastein, Nicole, Erin and Caleb Kastein and Blake, Lauren and Olivia Kastein, ten great grandchildren, two sisters, Rosemarie (Mark) Parrish of Carlsbad, CA and Sandra (Steve) Schulz of Waupun, along with many nieces and nephews.


Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Wyman in 2016, a son, Terry Kastein in 1993 and a sister, Jacqueline Vinz in 2019.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday, April 23 from 11:30 a.m. until Donna’s celebration of life service beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Alto Reformed Church in Alto. Pastor Doug Shotsky will be officiating.

Special Thanks

The family would like to recognize the entire staff at The Meadows in Fond du Lac for their loving care and support of Donna along with the Hospice Nursing staff from Agnesian Healthcare and Hospice Home of Hope.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Donna’s name will be designated for the Alto Reformed Church and the Hospice Home of Hope.

Memorial Video

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  1. Mary Schoenfeld Says: April 9, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Was sad to hear of Donna’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. I always enjoyed babysitting for all the kids. My sympathies to all of the family. Mary Schoenfeld

  2. Cheryl Maglio Says: April 10, 2021 at 6:03 am

    My sympathy to the entire family of Donna Kastein in her
    recent passing. She always had such a great smile as I remember
    her. She had a wonderful husband & supportive family.

    Christian love, Cheryl Vande Zande Meenk Maglio

  3. Geri & Pat Koepke Says: April 10, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Kastein Family,

    You are in our thoughts & prayers. Our condolences to the whole family.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Geri & Pat Koepke

  4. Doug and Vicki De Haan Says: April 10, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    What a wonderful testimony and summary of Donna’s life!
    You have our sympathy in your loss.

  5. Deb Mischler Says: April 17, 2021 at 6:38 am

    The memories of the time spent with your mom while in Waupun I will treasure. A joy to talk to and hear of memories in her life. My sympathy to the Kastein family in the loss of your mom.

  6. alice pickart Says: April 23, 2021 at 4:17 am

    Mark and family….I’m so sorry to read about the lost of your Mom….I pray that special memories of your precious Mom will keep smiles on your face….may she rest in peace

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