Note: Salem Special, Salem, SD Jan. 26, 1995 ** A farm accident claimed the life of 35 year old Donna Westhoff of rural Salem Wednesday morning January 18, 1995. Mike Kinzley, McCook County Corner, said Mrs. Westhoff was dead at the scene after her clothing got caught in a silage wagon unloader. She was alone when the accident happened. Mrs. Westhoff's husband Dan found her body after returning home from an errand. At the prayer service held Friday night in Salem, Father Joseph Ripp eulogized Donna as a "Woman of the Prairie." He said the Harvey Dunn painting "Prairie Woman" typified Donna. She farmed with her husband since their marriage in 1981. Dan and Donna have four children, Danielle, age 12, Scott 10, Lynette 7, and Paul 5. Funeral mass for Donna J. Westhoff was held Saturday January 21, 1995 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Salem. Fr Joseph Ripp celebrated the Mass. Burial was in the church cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Debbie Scheier, Dawn Scheier, Michelle Eichacker, Sheri Weber, Michelle Zelmer, and Cathy Eichacker. Pallbearers were John Scheier, Pat Scheier, Mike Eichacker, Vince Weber, Doug Zelmer, and Steve Eichacker. Organist was Sheri Krantz. Donna J. Cromwell, daughter of Don and Helen (Bruce) Cromwell, was born May 24, 1959 in Pierre, SD. She grew up in Draper, SD and graduated from Draper High School. She then went on to attend South Dakota State University and graduated in 1981. On May 30, 1981 she married Daniel Westhoff in Salem. She lived the rest of her life on a farm near Salem where she and her husband farmed. Donna died as the result of a farm accident on Wednesday, January 18, 1995, at her residence. She had reached the age of 35 years, 7 months, and 24 days. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Salem, of the Church Altar Society, and of the Cattlewomen's Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband of Salem; four children, Danielle, Scott, Lynette, and Paul, all at home; her parents, Don and Helen Cromwell of Draper, SD; two brothers, Mike and Christopher Cromwell both of Draper, SD; four sisters, Pat Cromwell of Rapid City, SD; Deb Haka of Ft. Pierre, SD; Robin Andrews of Murdo, SD; and Valerie Moore of Webster, SD; her mother-in-law Bernette Westhoff of Salem, SD; two brother-in-law, Dave Westhoff of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Ken Westhoff of Garretson, SD; and six sisters-in-law, Connie Westhoff of Lincoln, Nebraska; Mary Mc Hugh of Aberdeen, SD; Rachelle Barrett of Phoenix, Arizona; Denise O'Neill of Lyle, Illinois; Karen Westhoff-Rogers of Prattville, Alabama, and Kristie Waechter of Missoula, Montana.
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