Richter, age 81, passed away peacefully at home surrounded
by family on April 6, 2014.
She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Ed; son,
Guy (Terry) of Rye, Colo., and daughter Gail (Tom) Kuklinski
of Hayward, Wis.; two grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one
sister, Margery Payne-Schlinder.
Dona was the youngest of five children. She lost her father
and oldest brother when she was 11 years old. They scratched
out a living on their homestead farm on Croker Road.
Dona attended Croker School and then graduated from Eagle
River High School as Salutatorian.
Soon thereafter she met Ed Richter. They lived in Fond du
Lac for two years before moving back to Eagle River and
married on June 16, 1951.
Dona worked for Anderson Insurance Agency before becoming
the Vilas County Deputy Register of Deeds for nine years.
She ran for and won the office of Register of Deeds and held
that position for 24 years, the longest standing Registrar
in Wisconsin. She retired on Jan. 3, 1999, and began
exploring other life interests.
She found delight working in her beautiful flower gardens at
home, visiting guests at their Catfish Lake cabins, and
fishing in Michigan.
Dona also enjoyed traveling the world with her family, whom
she loved deeply.
Dona will always be remembered for her integrity, strong
work ethic, attention to detail and compassion for others.
She was an Eagle River pioneer who lived her life according
to old-fashioned common sense and moral values.
Dona will be truly missed by all who knew her.
Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 10,
2014, at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River, Wis. A
vigil service at 6:30 p.m. will conclude the visitation.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on
Friday, April 11, 2014 at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic
Church in Eagle River. Visitation will be held one hour
prior to the service at the church.
Burial in St. Peter Cemetery in Eagle River.