Donna Svendsen, 83 passed away Friday, August 4, 2017 in Kalispell, Montana. She was born on September 22, 1933 to Howard and Dorothy Hill. After graduation from high school she worked for Security Benefit Life Insurance Co. in Topeka, Kansas. She married Ken Svendsen on October 10, 1952 in Topeka, KS, in a chapel on the Air Base and they were married for 64 years. After Ken’s discharge from the Air Force they moved to Kalispell, Montana. He became an Optician and they moved around from Montana, Kansas, Washington and Oregon. In Helena, Montana, they opened their own optical store, where she worked part time for her husband. She was also a baby sitter for others for many years. They sold their optical store in 1989 and moved back to Kalispell.
They spent many years traveling in their retirement visiting Mexico, Canada and all the States. They always spent some months in Arizona during the winter. She enjoyed her home, flowers, and crocheting afghan’s which she gave to family and nursing homes. She loved traveling and most of all loved having her children and grandchildren around.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents Howard and Dorothy Hill. She is survived by her husband Ken; Daughters Deborah (Dan) Weed of Polson, Cheryl (Rand) Stahlberg of Kalispell, and Son, Ken Jr. (Ann) of Helena; Grandchildren Jason, Sarah and Jacey, and great grandson’s Aiden and Austin. Her sisters, Diana (Bob) Hook, Denise (Steve) Appelhanz, brothers Donald (Becky) Hill, and Loren all of Kansas, and nieces, nephews, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Stillwater Free Lutheran Church of Kalispell, Search & Rescue or Flathead County Animal Shelter.
A memorial service will be held at 11am on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Stillwater Free Lutheran Church in Kalispell with a gathering to follow at the church.