Donna M. Grilley

Date of Death: Aug 15, 2021
Donna M. Grilley

1927 - 2021

Donna M. Grilley, 94, of Rice Lake Lake died August 15, 2021 at Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac.


Ms. Grilley was born March 13, 1927 in Rice Lake to Harlow and Meta Grilley. She graduated from Rice Lake High School and joined the U.S Cadet Nurse Corp from 1945-1948 obtaining a 3 yr degree In registered nursing. She had a passion and talent for singing with the Red Cedar and Bethany Church Choirs for over 20 years. She loved flowers and gardening and was awarded Blue ribbons and Grand Champion during the Barron County Fairs for many years. She also served her Church and Community as a Parish Nurse for 12 years.


Survivors include: a son, Stephen Ratcliffe, 3 daughters, Lynette (David) Warner,
Sharon(Jim) Tonkinson, Janis (Steven) Stadler; 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; a brother, Everett (Jan) Grilley, 2 sister-in-laws; Charlotte (Gordon) Grilley, Sharon (Roger)Grilley and many nieces and nephews as well as beloved friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers and sister; Gordon, Connie and Roger.



  1. Gordon M McChesney Says: August 27, 2021 at 11:10 am

    We have such pleasant memories of Donna’s beautiful singing voice while we worshiped together at St. Stephens Lutheran in Monona. She was a good friend and provided daughters as babysitters for our family back in the ’70’s. Blessings to all of you as you grieve. Most sincerely, Jan and Gordy McChesney

  2. Vicky Binder-Devine Says: August 31, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Steve sending sympathy your way. Dick said your mom made good scones when you guys went grouse hunting up there. Your mom sounds like a cool lady! Hope all is well thinking of you. Vicky and Dick Devine

  3. Linsey Bosl Says: September 3, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    I have such sweet memories of Donna from Bethany Lutheran. She was a wonderful woman with a helpful and kind heart. Sending my sympathies to her whole family. ~Linsey (Wichman) Bosl

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