Funeral Announcements

Gerald Patrick Donovan

Gerald Patrick Donovan, age 80, of Chaska, MN, died on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee, MN.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 11:00 AM with family receiving friends 10 – 11 AM all at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 West Second Street, Chaska. The inurnment will be at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska.

Gerald was born November 8, 1938 in St. Peter, MN, the youngest of 5 children to Patrick and Margaret (Glynn) Donovan. He was baptized and confirmed in Belle Plaine, MN and graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1956. On May 12, 1962 he married Marilyn Pauly at St. Joe’s Catholic Church in Jordan. They had 3 children. Gerald worked at M.A. Gedney in Chaska for 25 years and also at Landecon Landscape in Excelsior for 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sons Patrick and Timothy; siblings, John, Donald, Marie and Geraldine (twin).

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Lori (David) Nelson of Isanti; grandson, Anthony Ternes of Isanti; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Donna Jean Alt

Col Donna Jean Alt left this Earth and died peacefully in her sleep on 4/27/19 at age 76. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 9th, 10:30 AM at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 W 2nd Street, Chaska.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, 4-7 PM at Bertas Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at church. Motorcade leaving church at 12:45 to go to Ft. Snelling.

Col Alt served in the Air National Guard for 30 years in the 109th Aeromeds. She served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She was a well respected leader and loved by many. She was a devout Catholic and loved Jesus and the blessed Mother. She was a world traveler and ended her days with a trip around the horn with her dear Cousin Joanie Ward. Her nickname in the military was Rambo. She was Fierce as she was fun. Above all else, she loved being a mother to Amy and Nate. She flew to heaven on the wings of Angels. May she ride wild horses and dance to Alan Jackson songs in heaven.
If wanting to honor Col Alt please send donations to wounded warrior project at

She was greeted in heaven by her beloved son Nathan Alt, her brother Gary Miller, her Mom and Dad Richard and Jeanette Miller, her In laws Beulah and Clarence Alt and Brother In Law Rowe Alt along with billions of Angels.

She leaves behind her beloved daughter and best friend Amy Alt, John Alt her husband of 23 years with whom she remained friends, her sister Patti Lehmann, her brother Richard Miller, sister in laws Laura Miller, Mary Ellen Alt and Cindy Bandt and brother in laws Orrin Alt and Joe Lehmann.  She leaves behind nieces and nephews Sarah Malecha,  Kristofer Alt, Scott Lehmann, Sarah Lehmann, Rick Miller and Jill Norman, many cousins and “The Bergh’s.”

Arrangements are with Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska. 952-448-2137

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