Posted 2/28/18 – Donna Mae Switzer, age 88, passed away at her home in Sierra Madre on Saturday, February 3, 2018. She was born in Hawarden, Iowa on August 28,1929 to Ralph and Lottie (Brenner) Kurvink. She was the youngest of 7 children. Her mother died when Donna was 12 years old, leaving her father and sisters to care for her. In 1942, Donna moved to Los Angeles along with her father and sister Marion. In 1946 Donna moved to Sierra Madre to live with her oldest sister and brother in law.
On July 15, 1950 Donna Mae married Glidden Charles “Bud” Switzer.
In addition to caring for their four children, Donna worked at Pasadena Christian School in various roles from copy clerk to playground monitor, and also worked at Maranatha High School in the office for a short time. The family enjoyed many camping trips around the country, visiting many of the national parks, museums and monuments.
Donna Mae was always very kind and gracious to the people around her. She had an inner spirit that shone through brightly. Her warm smile, as well as her constant words of encouragement and prayers, will be greatly missed.
Donna Mae is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bud; her four children, Cameron (Melinda) Switzer, Debra (Duane) Spoelstra, Kevin (Robin) Switzer, and Lisa Switzer; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a sister, Val Jean Bellwood; and many nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Douglass & Zook, 600 E. Foothill Blvd. Monrovia, CA. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM, at the Sierra Madre Congregational Church, 170 West Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, CA, with Rev. Richard Anderson officiating. Interment will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00 PM, at Live Oak Memorial
Park, 200 E. Duarte Rd. Monrovia, CA.
Memorial donations may be made to Sierra Madre Congregational Church or Pasadena Christian School.