Donamaye Amdahl

February 5, 1928 - August 1, 2017

Donamaye Amdahl, age 89 of rural Flandreau, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Donamaye (Anderson) Amdahl was born February 5, 1928, in Marquette, Mich. to Henning and Thelma Anderson.

She grew up in a loving Christian home by the shores of Lake Superior. She graduated from Gravaeret High School in 1945, and Northern Michigan University (Marquette, Mich.) in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and an associate’s degree from the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis in 1951.

L.B.I. is where she  met her husband, Oliver (Ollie) Amdahl, Jr. They were married August 11, 1951, in Marquette. After Ollie finished his college degree in Sociology from Augsburg College in 1953, they moved to Flandreau, and eventually to the Amdahl Homestead, east of Trent, S.D.

Donamaye was very active in her church, and many Christian gatherings throughout her life. She was a Luther League advisor, 4-H helper, led church choirs, taught Sunday school, WELCA and Bible studies.

Donamaye loved art in many forms and was a wonderful cook and baker. Each year the family made the long journey from Flandreau to Gwinn, Mich. to vacation at her beloved MaPaDaBa, the cabin her father built after WWII.  It is a tradition that is carried on to this day with their children and grandchildren.

She was a kind sister, friend and neighbor, wonderful wife, and a nurturing mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed, but has left behind her a great legacy.

She is lovingly remembered by her six children, Rebecca Amdahl Wittstruck of Pipestone, Minn., Tim (Marcia) Amdahl of Rapid City, S.D., Matthew (Sharon) Amdahl of Flandreau, S.D., Mim (Rick) Amdahl Newman of Marquette, Mich., Sam Amdahl of Rapid City, and Jacquetta (Hugh) Amdahl Page of Mishawaka, Ind.; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Barbara Lee (Anderson) Allin of Portland, Ore.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver, and her parents.

Her funeral service was held Saturday, August 5, at Messiah Lutheran Church in rural Flandreau. Burial in the Augustana Swedish Cemetery in rural Flandreau.

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