Mamma
LaDonna King
  • 63 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 10, 1949
  • Place of birth:
    Gothenburg, Nebraska, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 19, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Family and Friends, please share with all your photos, fond memories and funny stories of LaDonna so we can all remember her joyous spirit and loving heart.

LaDonna Block King - loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, sister and daughter died unexpectedly on November 19th, 2012 at her home outside ofHarrisburg,PA.

LaDonna was born inGothenburg,NEto Signe and Clarence Block on February 10th, 1949 as the third of four children.  LaDonna was known and will always be remembered for her vivacious spirit, her open heart and her ability to love without boundaries. 

She is survived and loved by her family: devoted husband Terry King, mother Signe (Wahlgren) Block, parents-in-law Agnes (Seifer King) and Harold Liggett; siblings: Janet and Ed Youngberg, Rhonda Alstad, Mark and Kim Block and brother and sister-in-law Larry and Judy King.  She is survived and loved by her children: Mistia and Harmon Zuckerman, Jeneia Mullins and Matthew Phillips, Libby and Jaime King, James King, David and Tifany King; and her grandchildren: Henry Zuckerman and Arlo King.  She is loved and will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family.  LaDonna is predeceased by her father Clarence Block, father-in-law Bob King, brother-in-law John Alstad, and granddaughter Fritzie Zuckerman.

LaDonna graduated from Gothenburg High School with the class of ’67, she graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls,S.D. with the class of ’71 and she traveled around the world in a global education with St.OlafCollege.  This travel provided a strong base for her lifelong interest in social concerns and her desire to help others. 

LaDonna touched many lives as a teacher, counselor and friend.  In every aspect of her life she displayed an extraordinary ability to reach out to other people with an open mind, acceptance and steadfast support.  She found happiness and fulfillment in her love for so many.  She was known for her contagious laugh, passion for life and choosing to “dance in the midst of the madness”.

A memorial service will be held in her honor at the AmericanLutheranChurchin Gothenburg, NEon Friday, December 7th at 11 a.m.  Family will be greeting friends from 10-11 a.m. and a luncheon will immediately follow the service.  The family welcomes all who knew LaDonna and were touched by her warm smile and open arms.

Flowers may be sent to The American Lutheran Church and donations may be made to the Susan B. Komen or Planned Parenthood Foundations in her honor.  Family and friends can visit her online memorial at http://LaDonna.forevermissed.com/.

LaDonna's eminent spirit and unwavering grace provide comfort to all who knew her.  She will be deeply missed and forever celebrated.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Mark Block on 10th February 2016

"Happy Birthday little sis.  I miss you every day."

This tribute was added by Mistia Zuckerman on 26th May 2015

"With Memorial Day and Henry's 4th birthday here, I am missing you like crazy.  You were such an amazing Oma for the year and a half you spent with Henry.  I am so grateful Henry got to know you a little because he still talks about you, but it is impossible not to imagine all the fun you would have had with all of us (Henry, Opa, Jeneia, me, Harmon and all of the family) this weekend.  You are so missed."

This tribute was added by Mark Block on 10th February 2015

"Happy birthday little Sis!  I miss you so much! Love from your brother."

This tribute was added by Carolyn Minster on 19th November 2014

"Thinking of my Special friend today, miss her so!"

This tribute was added by Carolyn Minster on 10th February 2014

"Happy Birthday my dear friend !! Miss you and think of you so often. Thinking of you today also Terry, Mistia, and Jeneia. Hugs and love? Fred and Carolyn"

This tribute was added by Laura Greenlee on 6th May 2013

"Oh my gosh!!! I was searching online for old friends; including LaDonna. I moved from PA a few years ago, and figured I had time to catch up her. I loved her... I partied with her after our marriages fell apart, but now she's gone.  I cannot believe it.  I am so sorry I did not stay in touch.  She was beautiful, inside and out, and she was amazing. She was so vibrant and genuine."

This tribute was added by Liz Muir on 27th March 2013

"I just learned of LaDonna's passing.  She was a bridesmaid in my wedding! By the time I met LaDonna in college, her compassionate spirit was fully formed. She was an embodiment of grace.
My condolences to her family  - you are suffering a tremendous loss. So aptly named, LaDonna - The Lady."

This tribute was added by Leah Peden on 24th March 2013

"Terry & family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of LaDonna's death. I was a fellow-cheerleader and college roommate at Augustana and how I wish  that we had kept in touch over the years. I enjoyed the pictures so much.....same smile, same loveliness, and same spirit that I knew many years ago. Truly sorry for your loss. Leah Pierson Peden"

This tribute was added by Sue Shamblin on 20th December 2012

"Terry, I loved seeing all the family pictures of LaDonna on this site.  What a beautiful, caring woman she was.  I am so sad to learn that her life has ended.  She was a beacon of light and love to all her knew her or had the chance to meet her.  Her smile was radiant.  She will never be forgotten.  The music playing with this memorial is perfect for LaDonna.  My sympathy to you all."

This tribute was added by Gayle-ann Douglas on 4th December 2012

"Our heartfelt prayers and sympathy are with Terry and the family.We've missed you the last few years at Big Red games! May the kindness of her spirit and joy of life always be in your hearts."

This tribute was added by Mary (Millsap) Cahoy on 3rd December 2012

"Thank you for sharing LaDonna’s story and photos at this very difficult time. I had not seen her since high school, but I have always remembered her as such a bright star.  Clearly she was as enchanting as I remember.  
I am so very sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Cheryln Wahlgren on 28th November 2012

"We are so sad losing a beautiful person here on earth.  In our perspective, we feel she was taken way too early, but God's perspective is very different than ours, we remind ourselves.  Our love, prayers, and hugs to Signe, Mistia, Jeneia, Janet, Rhonda, Mark, Terry, and families, as well as ours/her extended family members We remember how gracious La Donna was when we visited them in PA"

This tribute was added by Kristy McCoy on 27th November 2012

"My heartfelt sympathy to the family and many friends who loved this beautiful woman so very much.  We all wanted to be like her---the perfect combination of beauty, poise, kindness, and gentle grace. The world has lost a special woman, while heaven has welcomed her home.
Kristy (Fickenscher) McCoy"

This tribute was added by terry gillespie on 26th November 2012

"I'm so sorry to hear about LaDonna.  I remember only good things from our life growing up as neighbors, friends and schoolmates.  She was always so energetic, upbeat and so very beautiful. My heart goes out to the entire family.  I can't imagine your grief."

This tribute was added by Linda McHenry on 26th November 2012

"I'm so sorry for the loss of LaDonna. Of what I knew of her she seemed to be outgoing spirited person and she was.  She had a pretty smile and a nice personality.  She will be missed by all her family and friends."

This tribute was added by Dean Edson on 26th November 2012

"So sorry to hear about the loss of LaDonna.  The Block family were such good Gothenburg neighbors and friends. We got to know her better when she was in Lincoln and we enjoyed the time with her and Terry. We will never be able to go to a Lincoln Saltdogs game without thinking of her!
Dean and Mary Jane Edson"

This tribute was added by lisa hemmerich on 24th November 2012

"The thing I remember most about LaDonna is her true kindness.  She was such a beautiful person both inside and out.  She touched so many people with her sweetness and gentleness.  My condolences go out to Mistia and the rest of her family.  May God help you through this terrible time.  May you find peace.  Know that she will be forever in your hearts."

This tribute was added by Bonnie Kelley-murren on 24th November 2012

"I will always remember the times we spent together with Mistia and Nikki doing shows on the fireplace, the times we laughed together and cried together, the happy and sad times that we shared that others do not know about, cherished memories of all those precious moments, dancing, sipping wine and laughing so much. I will keep you in my heart all my life and we will be together again."

This tribute was added by Katholeen Kampfe on 24th November 2012

"My sympathy to LaDonna's family and friends at the loss of her physical presence.  Her spirit survives in your heads and hearts, your genes and memories, and lessons learned being around her.  I clearly remember her beautiful smile Sundays at the American Lutheran Church, as a Queen of Job's Daughters, and as a Gothenburg High School cheerleader."

This tribute was added by Connie Jenner on 23rd November 2012

"I don't remember much about LaDonna, except when i was a very young girl, I remember being in absolute AWWWEEEE of her beauty.  ANd her beauty was something to behold, both inside and out.  She will be missed!"

This tribute was added by Jan Kauffman on 22nd November 2012

"Am so sorry to hear of the loss of LaDonna.  She always had such a beautiful spirit of life.  Following an accident in PA, we stopped to see her in the hospital.  She was not to talk, but managed to mouth out a greeting!!  Praying for her family that God provide you all with peace, remembering LaDonna as she lived her life - with a great smile and a caring, loving attitude."

This tribute was added by LoyAnn Rossel on 22nd November 2012

"I pray for her immediate family. May God's strength get you through this time. We will miss her. She has been blessed with beautiful and sweet daughters, wonderful step children.And grandchildren!! I remember Thanksgiving day long ago at Grandpa Block's house, when Terry would pick up LaDonna for a date. Little did we know that on Thanksgiving we would be mourning her death. Prayers."

This tribute was added by Connie Kuhlman)Davidson on 22nd November 2012

"From earliest memories,she's been there at all the family (Block) Holiday gatherings, my shining ,pretty, cheerful cousin. In High School years, what an inspiring example she was to so many of us younger gals!! A pretty cheerleader who was both popular AND friendly !!  I love to look for similarities in features of her children and mine and features we may have inherited from our Grandma ."


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