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Vial of Donna Marie (Fideler)


Donna Marie (Fideler) Vial, 95, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at MercyOne Medical Center in West Des Moines. Donna was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on March 7, 1927, the sixth of seven children to Louis E. and Marie (Nemmers) Fideler.

Raised in Fort Dodge and Waterloo, Donna worked part-time in retail and at the family root beer stand before graduating from high school in 1944 at Our Lady of Victory Academy. Because her mother died when Donna was 17, she often reflected on how difficult it was to lose her mother at a young age. Donna attended Clarke College in Dubuque for a year. She studied shorthand and typing and became an executive secretary at the National Bank of Waterloo. In 1953 she married Robert “Bud” Vial in Waterloo and spent the next two decades raising six children in various towns in Iowa where Bud worked for International Harvester. She enjoyed the friendships that emerged from her bridge club, her church circle at St. Jude, and her service as a campfire leader and den mother.

In 1971, Donna re-entered the workforce as an executive secretary, working at insurance agencies in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines and at Rival Manufacturing in Kansas City until her retirement in 1990 (her children own Crock-Pots of all sizes). Donna enjoyed shopping for antiques and attending art shows. She had a thing for quilts, yellow Fiestaware, and golden oak wood. Donna shopped at thrift stores (usually accompanied by young Tom) long before it was fashionable. She manages a tight family budget to feed and clothe six children and send them to Catholic schools. She also convinced Bud, who believed cats were best kept in barns, to keep a Siamese cat (Cybil) and her offspring (ReRe), bringing them much joy for two decades.

In retirement, Donna and Bud enjoyed traveling to many states including California, Colorado and Montana. Her long-held dream of traveling abroad came true in 1996 when she traveled to Rome with a group of St. Francis parishioners. Donna loved decorating for the holidays, especially when her grandchildren visited. She and Bud could be counted on to attend their grandchildren’s many recitals, ball games, and dance and acting performances.

Until her nineties, Donna remained an avid reader. Anita Shreve, Maeve Binchy and Anna Quindlen were among his favorite authors. A crossword puzzle book (and a specific black ballpoint pen) were never far from his reach. Donna was perhaps one of the few 95-year-old viewers of Saturday Night Live (when she could stay awake). She was a loyal BlueBloods fan and Tom Selleck her TV crush. She also enjoyed Jeopardy, The Drew Barrymore Show, and Rachel Ray. Her potato salad, beef brisket, and Texan chocolate cake were some of her family’s favorites. Donna will be remembered for making family a priority, for her strong Catholic faith and for her generosity to others.

Donna is survived by her children, Ginny (Stu) Ordman, Iowa City; Paul (Mary) Vial, Urbandale; Joan Vial, Raytown, MO; Susan (Bruce) Kyllingstad, West Branch; and Tom Vial, Tucson, Arizona; his son-in-law, Karl Krumbholz, Cedar Rapids; and his brother-in-law, Jack Hovelson, Cedar Falls; 13 grandchildren, Katie, Sarah, Scott, Carla, Danielle, James, Nina, Allison, Jeffrey, Daniel, Amy, Maria and Ben, 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Donna was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Bud; his daughter, Vanessa Ann Krumbholz; his sisters, Marijane Larsen, Lorraine Heyer and Sister Lou Marie Fideler; his sister-in-law, Mitzi Fideler; and his brothers, Louis Fideler, Quintin Fideler and Paul Fideler.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi in West Des Moines at 11 a.m. on August 26, 2022.

The family would like to thank Donna’s caregivers at Walnut Ridge in Clive, especially the staff who have cared for her since June 2021 at the Care Center.

Because Donna was a regular blood donor for decades, one way to honor her memory would be to donate blood or contribute to the American Red Cross. Condolences can be shared at


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