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March 30, 2023

1/24/2023 5:29:00 AM
Donna Marie Robinson

Donna M. Robinson, 80, of the Town of Crescent, passed away on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Rennes Health & Rehab Center.

Born in Rhinelander on July 1, 1942, to Lucy (Belski) and Oscar L. Durkee, Donna was a 1960 graduate of Rhinelander Union High School. She was united in marriage to Eugene Oliver Robinson on Oct. 7, 1961. They moved to Fort Benning Georgia where Eugene was enlisted in the U.S. Army as a helicopter mechanic. They were married for 37 years until Eugene's death on Aug. 5, 1998.

Donna was a stay-at-home mother until the kids were in high school. Then she went to work at Triumph Twist Drill for 13 years. She then went to work with her husband at Sowinski Farms down in Missouri and did a lot of fishing together.

Donna is survived by her daughter, Bridget (Mark) Kubiske of Rhinelander, son, Andrew Robinson of Minot, North Dakota, daughter-in-law, Lisa Robinson of Rhinelander, brother, Oscar (Kathy) Durkee of Wausau, brother-in-law, Tom Vanney of Bundy, brother, Charlie (Loretta) Durkee of Rhinelander, sister, Mary (Jerry) Knuth of Florida, sisters-in-law, Nancy (Tom) Ives, Nancy Robinson, Helen (Dale Gerdes), Jeanette Robinson, and Mary Robinson, all of Rhinelander and many nieces and nephews.

Seven grandchildren, Randy and Marshall Robinson, CarolAnne Lehman, Douglas Lehman, Jodi Price, and Ryan and Shelby Robinson. Eight great-grandchildren, Breleigh and Taylor Robinson, Owen and Noah Lehman, Rylee Gene Norberg, Freya, Grayson, and Nathaniel Robinson.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Eugene, son, Eugene O. Robinson Jr. "Rob", and a sister, Beverly Vanney.

Bridget and Andy would like to acknowledge Donna's amazing hospice family who went above and beyond with her end of life care the last few years. Jen Dixon, Jammie, Jennifer S., Sara S., massage therapist, volunteers, and many others. You all are earth angels.

The visitation for Donna will take place on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, at the Hildebrand Funeral Home from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the funeral home on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, from noon until the 1 p.m. memorial service. Chaplain John Uhlarik will officiate.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook or leave an online condolence at

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