A beacon of grace, strength, generosity and love for 46 years, Tina Petersen Donchetz of Savage passed away on November 25, suddenly and unexpectedly, from complications of lymphoma. Tina devoted her life to her husband and soulmate of 25 years, Jay, and to her daughters, the joys of her life, Dani, Georgi, and Charli. She is also survived by her parents Svend and Grethe Petersen, brothers Michael and John (Jessica), and sister Linda Jacobson (Scott), who will miss her deeply, as will her large and beloved extended family. With an endearing quick wit and fun-loving personality, Tina brought perspective, wisdom and a “let’s do this” attitude to her many community endeavors, supporting her children’s schools and sports teams, working at Inside Edge, Flavor, and the Danish American Center, which reflected her passion for her family’s Danish heritage. Though lymphoma was an unwelcome companion for many years, Tina exuded an optimistic and forward-looking spirit, and loved new challenges. There was no task Tina, teamed with Jay, didn’t welcome. A dynamic duo, their arrival on any scene was truly magical. The busier the better, Tina was that “go to person,” up for anything at anytime, whether it be late-night cards, a fundraiser, a neighborhood gathering, a family adventure. Whether coordinating a large event or preparing and sharing with countless guests delicious and beautifully presented dishes in their home, Tina made it all look so easy. In short, Tina made everyone’s day better. She was a woman everyone admired and loved to be next to, feeling her loving presence. Tina leaves an irreplaceable hole in the lives of her family and friends, who wonder how to go on without her. Heartfelt thanks to Tina’s medical team at the Mayo Clinic, and to the Fairview Ridges and U Hospital staff who cared for her during her last day.
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Tina was one of the few people I know that had a truly great attitude. For all that she had been through with her illness, she still projected love and light. Tina was one of the only persons who got to call my daughter Samantha "Sam". I called her "sam" one day years back and she said Tina was only allowed to call her that. She rated high in my childs eyes and Samantha loved hanging out with the whole family, even going on the annual Danabod camp outing. The world lost a great spirit and my heart goes out to the entire family.
Mary (Berger) Garborg
We did not know Tina personally, but she was always so hard-working, helpful, efficient, and a great asset at Flavor at the Depot when we would visit. So sorry for your loss. Hugs and may God comfort all the family.
Ann Hutchins Sorensen
God bless! Tina was always so wonderful growing up. Rest in peace.
Roy Green and family
I am very sorry for your loss. Tina has been such an inspiration to all us on how life should be lived. Every contact with Tina and Jay was a highlight. Her personality drew everyone in. Tina will be missed by all of us who got the chance to meet all of you.
Kenneth Andersen and family
After hearing about Tina's death, I couldn't get out of my mind my memory of this sweet, loving, beautiful and accomplished person. I worked with Tina as she assumed the administrative and accounting responsibilities of DAF about 20 + years ago. There she was, working in a small office as a newborn girl was crawling over the desk and she patiently carried out her job. She was a quick learner who was always friendly and diplomatic with everyone. Though I haven't seen her for many years, I know she will be greatly missed by everyone and this is a sad time for me. All the best to Jay and the family
I got to know Tina through my nephew George Polley. I would come out to visit from New Jersey and spend various meals with the family, including one special meal Tina made for me was fricadellan. a very special family.
Tina will be sorely missed for sure
Anette P., Kent Strand
Tina and her family brought such joy to all events - so many wonderful memories – so many smiles. No task too big for her. Effortless she could handle large events with a smile. But sometimes it is the little things that really matter. We remember a Papegoeje event where she noticed that we had a lot of new people and she arranged to have everybody introduce themselves. Seems simple – but nobody did it. While it was a little thing, it made a big impact.
Jay, Susan just told me the very sad news of Tina's passing. Though I haven't spoken with you or seen you in many years, my heart goes out to you and your family. From what I've read and viewed-- Tina was an angel, Susan called her "Perfect". I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that she is in a better place...What a beautiful and amazing human being. So unfair... May God be with you and your family now and forever.