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Donna J. Rattle

May 17, 2019 | 3 comments

Donna J. Rattle, 84, of Onalaska, formerly of La Crosse, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse. She was born on February 9, 1935 to Francis and Isabel Shay. She married Francis Michael Rattle in Tomah. Donna worked as a bookkeeper for Doerflinger’s for 27 years and also for Fort McCoy until her retirement. She loved to play cribbage and bingo with her friends. Donna was a warm, loving, and generous person who touched people everywhere she went and was known to give to many different charities.

Donna is survived by her siblings, Richard Shay, Barbara King, Patrick (Pat) Shay, Mary Lou (Ron) Collins, Rosalee Shay, and Scott Shay; as well as many extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; her parents; her brother, James Shay; her sister, Phyllis Butterfield; and 2 infant siblings.

In lieu of flowers, memorial preferred to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 10 AM, with visitation from 9:30 AM until the time of mass, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1031 Main St., Onalaska. Msgr. Steven Kachel will be officiating.



  1. Roxann Kelly

    Donna will be missed very deeply. She was such a kind person. Our sympathy and prayers go to all her siblings. She was a part of our Christmas Eves for many years and will be missed tremendously this year.

  2. Kelly & Bryan Frost

    Aunt Donnie, Bryan and I will miss you terribly. Even though we didn’t get to spend much time together, you touched our hearts deeply and will forever be with us.
    RIP until we see each other again.
    We Love you❤️🙏❤️

  3. Becky Martin

    Donna is our thoughts and prayers. She was kind to me and my family when we’d stop in on Rose Street to visit mom and Jim.

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