Donovan Zastrow

Donovan Zastrow

Donovan Zastrow, 45, from Steger, Illinois, passed away on the 26th of July at the home of his sister, Terry (John), in Watertown after a brief battle with cancer.

Donovan was born on Nov. 21, 1973, in Watertown, the son of Fred and Barbara (Reynolds) Zastrow. When Donovan first learned of his diagnosis, he gave it to the Lord and said, "Whatever God's will is, I accept." Donovan will always be remembered as being steadfast and gentle in all he did. No Thanksgiving meal started without Donovan leading the family prayer, thanking his Lord and Savior.

When his journey with cancer first began, he was in the hospital unable to speak, he then wrote on a piece of paper, "Please thank the surgical team." This is who Donovan was, and this is how he should be remembered. He was kind and gentle, thoughtful and deliberate in all he did and he will be missed dearly by many.

He loved his students immensely and loved that the Lord led him into teaching. Donovan was a 1992 graduate of Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills and a 1997 graduate of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. Donovan taught at several WELS grade schools including in Winona, Minnesota; Appleton and Lake Mills; before taking his final divine call at Illinois Lutheran High School in Crete, Illinois, for the last 15-plus years. Donovan was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete during his life there.

Donovan is survived by his father, Fred (Rose) Zastrow; brothers, Daryl (Wendelin) Zastrow and Dayne (Angie) Zastrow; sisters Terry (John) Dietrich and Tammy (Domingo) Iglesias; stepsiblings April (Wally) Kurtz, Amber (Jason) Steindorf and Allana (Kevin) Brunk; and many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

Donovan was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Jean Zastrow, and grandparents.

Donovan's family would like to extend a special thank you to Rainbow Hospice Care (especially Jonas, Kalee, Emily, Natalia, Jody, Jodi B., Taylar, Sheila and Megan). Dr. Joseph M. Lach and his team from Illinois, Dr. Gustafson and his oncology team from Illinois, fellow teachers and friends, neighbors, church members and others from Illinois who helped Donovan with household tasks and doctor appointments. We are eternally grateful.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete, Illinois Lutheran High School in Crete, Rainbow Hospice Care, Lakeside Lutheran High School, St. Mark's Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

A funeral service for Donovan will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Peter Wells presiding. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home in Watertown and also Friday morning at 10 a.m. at the church until the time of service. Burial will follow the service at Glenview Memorial Gardens.

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