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1934 Dona 2021

Dona Cawiezell

February 21, 1934 — January 11, 2021

A private mass and burial was previously held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Long Grove, Iowa for Dona Marlene Cawiezell, 86, of Eldridge, Iowa who passed away peacefully on Monday, January 11, 2021. Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge, assisted family with arrangements.

Dona Litscher was born on February 21, 1934 in Scott County, Iowa, the daughter of Ben and Emma (Dammann) Litscher. She married Thomas F. Cawiezell on November 12, 1955 in Long Grove, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2000. Dona worked at the Eldridge Postal Office for 30 years, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post #639 for over 65 years, and belonged to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Long Grove. She enjoyed her card club, Thursday night bowling at the old Maysville Lanes, but most importantly her family and grandchildren. She could frequently be found cheering for her grandchildren at numerous sporting events, hosting family holidays, and continuing traditions from generation to generation. She had the kindest heart, gentlest hands, sweetest smile, and the most comforting words. She will be missed beyond words by her family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory are her children, Scott (Pat) Cawiezell, Rita (Terry) Knutsen, Jennifer (Claus) Maass, Jake (Janine) Cawiezell, Joe (Lori) Cawiezell, grandchildren, Ben, Dallas (Stephanie) Cawiezell, Carl (Aimee) Knutsen, Kelsie (Ryan Glombecki) Knutsen, Kirbie (Dylan) Hartley, Max (Liz) Knutsen, Andy (Justine) Maass, Alex (Brooke) Maass, Will (Caitlin) Maass, Weston (Anna) Maass, Zoey, Thomas Cawiezell, Samantha (Trevor Krutzfeldt), Sara, Leigh Cawiezell, great-grandchildren, Roman, Ediline, Collins, Drake, Logan, Leo, Milo and expecting 3 additional great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Grand Haven Assisted Living and Memory Care and Heartland Hospice for all of their care. Memorials may be directed to Grand Haven Retirement Activities. Online condolences may be shared with family at

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