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Dona Mae (Knudson) Lyng

February 1, 1932 ~ May 20, 2020 (age 88)


We said goodbye to a Dear Lady.

Dona Mae (Knudson) Lyng, 88 passed away peacefully in Fargo, ND on May 20, 2020 with her family by her side.  Dona was born in Fargo, ND on February 1, 1932 to Bennie and Agnes (Olsen) Knudson.

On June 28, 1949 Dona married Einar Lyng and this began an amazing Legacy.  Dona was a foster mom for Lutheran Social Services for 5 years. Taking in more than 50 babies, sometimes 3 at a time, all the while raising 5 children of her own. In 1969 she started working at the Fargo Public Library, touching many lives through the years, until her retirement in February of 1994.  After her retirement Dona and Einar followed their love of the “lake life” having spent many years with a cabin on Lake Lida, they built a beautiful home on Lake Buchanan, near Ottertail, MN. That is where her “Green Thumb’ bloomed!!! Everybody sampled Grandmas vegies!!!

Those welcoming Dona home are her parents, Bennie and Agnes; sons, Thomas and Daniel Lyng; brothers, Donald, Brent, Alan, and Reo Knudson; and sister Bernice Paseka.

The ones left behind to cherish her memory, are her husband of 71 years, Einar Lyng; son, Tim (Becky) Lyng; daughters, Karen (Mike) Thiel and Lyn Schick; grandchildren, Ben (Lynse) and Dan Lyng; Tom (Regina) and Tyler (Krista) Thiel; Cody (Beca), Katie and Collin Schick; great grandchildren, Anders Lyng, Caden and Coraline Thiel; numerous nieces, nephews cousins, family and friends.

Family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Dona’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home Walker, Minnesota.  Online condolences may be left for the family at

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