Donna Gaylord (Kaess)
August 28, 1931 to May 27, 2018
Age 86 of South St Paul. Donna Passed away peacefully on May 27. She was surrounded by her family throughout her courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Donna grew up in St. Paul, attending Washington High School and the College of St. Catherine. She married her high school sweetheart Jim Gaylord. After raising seven children in South St. Paul, She worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield as a department supervisor, retiring in 1988. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, summers at the lake, winters in Florida, being active at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and donating to her favorite charities. She is preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Kaess and her five brothers and three sisters. Donna is survived by her husband James E. Gaylord Jr., her children Kathleen A. Gaylord (Dennis Hosford), Thomas, Robert (Marlene), Richard (Barbara), Barbara (Steven Hawn), Donald (Theresa) and Nancy (Patrick Francis); 20 grandchildren: David Hosford, Susan Fritze (Thomas), Thomas Galovin, Timothy Ducharme, Charles Ducharme, Tiffany Kaul, Christopher Kaul, Jonathan, James, Jeffrey (Elizabeth), Julie, Michael, Matthew (Angela), Jennifer Nguyen (Giang), Elizabeth Janas (Evan), Kaitlyn Hawn, Samuel, Jack, Grant Francis and Celina Francis, and 7 great-grandchildren: Zachary, Vincent, Iris, Walter, Harrison, Theodore and Mabel. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Thursday at HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH 749 6th Ave So. South St. Paul. Visitation 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the KANDT & TETRICK FUNERAL HOME 140 8th Ave No. SSP and at the church 1 hour before service. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.