In Memory of




Obituary for Donna Elaine Zehner

Donna E Zehner (Waechter)
Passed away January 13, 2024, in Salem OR. She was born March 18, 1949, in Sioux City, IA to Thomas L and Beverly A Waechter. She was joined by sister Cheri in 1951 and sister Lois in 1961.
She was raised in the Midwest and California and the family moved for the last time to Spokane, WA in 1963, where she graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1967.

She married Darryl Zehner in 1974 and they later divorced.

Her life-long love of books led her to a Master’s degree in Library Science. She worked at libraries in Spokane, California, and Oregon, moving to Monmouth in the 1980's, when she began working for the Dallas Public Library as Children's Librarian. She retired as Library Director there in 2011.

Her love of sewing and crafting led her to working with the lady’s group at Faith Lutheran Church of Monmouth, where she was a long-time member, repairing banners and several sewing projects for missions.

She was preceded in death by her mother Bev in 2012, her sister Cheri in 2022, and her father Tom in 2023. She is survived by her sister Lois (Ken) Koehler of Deer Park, WA and by Cheri's stepdaughter Jessica Honl and her children Molly and Evan Honl, as well as several Persinger cousins.

She will be missed by her church family, her sorority sisters of Beta Sigma Phi, and her friends and neighbors of three decades, to whom many thanks are owed for all of the help given to Donna these past few years as her health began to deteriorate.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at Faith Lutheran Church of Monmouth at 11:00 am with Pastor Dallas Dubke officiating.

Memorial donations can be made in her honor to Faith Lutheran Church of Monmouth Oregon or the Dallas Oregon Public Library. Bollman’s Tribute Center in Dallas is caring for the family