In Memory of Donna May (Clark) Schau

Donna May (Clark) Schau
Donna May (Clark) Schau
Born: March 11, 1929
Died: June 20, 2018
Age: 89
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Donna May (Clark) Schau
March 11, 1929 - June 20, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Donna May (Clark) Schau, age 89, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, June 25, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Rev. Kevin J. Freese will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Donna May was born on March 11, 1929 in Ida Grove, the third of 8 children of John and Ida Rosina Clark. Regardless of where she was in the world, she was quick to tell people she was born and lived in the same town her entire life; she loved Ida Grove and was very proud of where she was from.

She received her education in country school until she entered high school when she moved to town into an apartment with other girls as there was no bus transportation. While in high school, she worked at Koons Bakery to support herself. During this time, she met the love of her life, Antone (Tony) Schau, and they eloped March 16, 1946. They lived in town until 1973 when they moved to their present home outside of Ida Grove where she lived until her death. While she adored Tony and her children, she always regretted not completing high school and after having six children, she would sit late in the evening and study and was so very proud when she achieved her goal and earned a high school degree. It set an example for her children and she was always passionate about the need to continuously learn. This drive gave her the advantage and she proved to be a challenge to beat in Jeopardy as she answered question after question with a shy smile on her face or a raised eyebrow when asked how she knew the answer.

Donna loved animals of any kind but particularly horses. In her youth, she prided in riding horses bareback. Whenever she saw a horse or a baby farm animal, she always commented on how beautiful they were which spoke of her gentle spirit. She loved to travel and visit her children throughout the country and abroad and loved going for rides in the country to stop and see friends and family for a brief visit to see how they were doing. She was amazing at knowing people's birthdays and would very often surprise them with a phone call, a card, and often a dessert. It was jokingly said if Donna didn't call or write to wish you a happy birthday, possibly you did not have a birthday. 

Donna undertook the most difficult job of raising eight children for 37 years, born from 1947 to 1966.  During this time, she worked very hard to support the family she and Tony so loved by canning food, raising chickens, sewing clothes for her children, and cooking homemade meals nonstop. It was rare to have a meal where there was only family present; there always seemed to be one more person at the table and they were always welcome. Donna was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church in Ida Grove. In addition to her primary role as mother and wife, she led Boy Scout troops, Girl Scout troops, helped with church vacation bible school and youth groups, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Horn Memorial Auxiliary, participated in bowling league, and served as mayor's wife for 8 years. One of her proudest moments was a trip she and Tony made to Washington, D.C. for a mayor's convention where she reunited with a childhood friend, Harold Hughes, who was then a senator and also served as governor of Iowa.  She and Tony started Schau Towing & Salvage and while Tony did the heavy lifting, Donna was the one in the background doing all the billing, keeping the books, doing the taxes, and serving as receptionist for the business.  She rarely complained about it and she and Tony were one tremendous team at building a business while giving back and helping others in need.

Donna collected salt and pepper shakers from the beginning of her marriage with one of her original sets given by her father when she and Tony married. She had approximately 1,000 sets of shakers from around the nation and world and proudly displayed them in her home. Her hobbies included garage sales and it was said if Donna was there, it must be a good garage sale. From these sales and auctions, she acquired many old pieces of furniture which she lovingly restored for her home. For Christmas and fundraising events, Donna was often asked to donate rosettes, a delicacy which took time to prepare but she did so every year and it was told people would wait for the arrival of her donation to buy them before they were gone. She would hide them at home to be certain they would still be there as part of the Christmas tradition. Donna enjoyed mending and patching clothes as evidenced by the number of work clothes she restored for working men. She would never accept anything except a thank you.

Left to cherish her memories are 8 children: Diane Mae Young of Battle Creek, Douglas Antone (Mary) Schau of Ida Grove, Debra Rae (Jim) Tuttle of Redlands, California, Denise Kay (Harry) Lasell of St. Jacob, Illinois, Darla Fay Schau of St. Jacob, Illinois, Dorene Gay Schau of Ida Grove, Donna Sue Schau of Post Falls, Idaho and Darin Antone (Gina) Schau of Ida Grove. 

Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.  At the time of her passing, there were two groups of 5 generations.  Additional survivors include a sister, Arlene (Claude) Klein and a brother Ronnie (Pat) Clark, both of Hale, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Eunice Nepper of Ida Grove and Margaret Schau of Spencer, Iowa, and numerous nephews and nieces. 

Donna was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Tony; her parents; an infant brother; brother Lorren (Mike) Clark and his wife, Ginny; brother Duane (Bud) Clark and his wife, Phyllis; sister Doris (Dodie) Dudgeon and her husband, Cliff; brother Johnny Clark; son-in-law Dennis Young; grandson Joaquin Tuttle; brothers-in-law, Edward Schau, Henry Schau, Walter Schau, Raymond Schau, Robert Nepper; and sisters-in-law Margie Konradi, Bertha Rehse, Greta Mauer, and Rosie Haugsted.



1:30 p.m., Monday,
June 25, 2018

First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Reverend Kevin J. Freese


Pallbearers ~ Grandsons

Craig Young
Andy Young
Daniel Schau
Mark Schau
Neal Schau
Dustin Schau
Austin Schau

Honorary Pallbears ~ Granddaughters
Tammy Young
Brenda Rehse
Dawn Young
Katie Seidler
Elana Laber-Schau
Haley Laber
Nettie Jones
Tonya Devena


5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Christensen ~ Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Nettie Jones
Harry Lasell
Brad Retzloff

Instrumental Hymn
"On Eagles' Wing's"

Congregational Hymn
"In The Garden"

Vocal Selections
"Will The Circle Be Unbroken"
"Can't Help Falling In Love"


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 9:24 AM
“Darin, Gina & Family:
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Jerry Boger
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 11:57 AM
“Rest in Paradise Aunt Donna, thoughts and prayers are with all of you today, Hugs!”
- Lori Clark
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 9:44 AM
“Darla and Dorene, I am so sorry for your loss, may God be with your family in this time of need.”
- Anita Riebesell
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 9:03 AM
“Prayers for the family. So sorry for your loss.”
- Sean And Teri Benner
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 12:48 PM
“I want to express my sincere sympathy to Donna's family. She was truly an amazing gal, always worked hard but was never without a smile! I shall remember her with fond thoughts. Sincerely, Judy Andresen”
- Judy Andresen
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 12:48 PM
“My sympathy to Doug and Mary and the rest of Donna's family.”
- Julie Christie
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 12:48 PM
“What a lovely tribute to a life lived to the fullest. I am glad to have met Donna on her visits to Idaho. I still smile thinking of how she graciously mended a box of dog toys for my pups. May her good spirit and generous nature be carried on by the beautiful family she nurtured. ”
- Sherri Suppelsa
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 5:02 PM
“Folks, so sorry to hear of Donna's passing,,, many years have passed since we met her and her family, blessings to all.”
- Ronald and Diana Miller
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 5:02 PM
“My sympathy to the Schau families. I have many memories of the whole family. May memories help you through this sad time. Hugs to all.
- Shirley Ruser
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 11:36 AM
“Such a sweet lady who left her corner of the world a far better place that she found it. My prayers are with all of you as you say your goodbyes. I know Tony and my dad greeted her at those pearly gates.
- Lue Baker
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 9:16 AM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. My late husband, Jim and I would often see Donna at auctions and garage sales and would visit about the purchases and treasures that we found. It was always nice to visit with her.”
- Sheila Petersen
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 9:57 PM
“So very sorry to hear of Donna's passing. She always had time for a chat.
- Fern Krayenhagen
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