Donna J. Spande, 52, of Canton, formerly a longtime Winona resident, died Friday, May 2, 2014, in her dream home following a two-year battle with cancer.

She was born Dec. 4, 1961, in Winona to John and Joyce (Schneider) Boyle.

She attended Cotter High School and graduated from Winona Senior High in 1980.

She worked in purchasing at Benchmark Electronics for most of her career before moving on to Riverstar and eventually Riverside as a program manager.

On July 4, 2013 she married her love, Mark Spande, at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel.

She was an avid reader, a lover of gardening and nature, of laughing with and spending time with her friends and family. She was a great supporter to all of those she cared about and everything she did, she did with her face turned toward the sun.

She is survived by her husband, Mark of Canton; her parents, John and Joyce Boyle of Winona; daughter, Kelly Jo Melody Carlson of Winona; stepdaughter, Katy Carlson of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Linda Boyle of LaCrosse, Wis., and Kathy (Dan) Kujak of Winona; a brother, David Boyle of Winona and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Scheie Lutheran Church in Mabel, with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 a.m. Thursday at the Hoff Celebration of Life Center in Goodview, Minn. Memorials are preferred to "A Caregiver's Love" addressed to Sandy Benson, at P.O. Box 534, Mabel, MN 55954.

The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.