Donnabell Repp


Donnabell Louise (Smith) Repp age 84, of Mystic, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at her home.

Donnabell was born on October 14, 1935 in Centerville, Iowa, the daughter of Jobie and Rosetta (Papach) Smith.  She was united in marriage to Richard Repp, and to this union, three children were born, Cheryl, Clay and Wayne.

In her younger years, Donnabell worked for Monroe Plastics in Albia.  She then began working at Young Radiator in Centerville for many years until it closed it’s operation.  Most recently, Donnabell was employed at Wal-Mart in Centerville for 15 years, but had to retire due to health reasons.

Donnalbell loved baking.  She was especially fond of making cinnamon rolls for the people she loved.  She also enjoyed making homemade bread and chicken and noodles.

Left to cherish Donnabell’s memory are her children, Cheryl (John) Kauzlarich of Mystic, Clay (Dawn) Repp of Centerville, and Wayne Repp of Mendota, Missouri; two brothers, Neal (Etta) Smith of Mystic, and Edward (Rose Anne) Smith of Mystic; a sister, Charlotte Jared of Kansas City, Kansas; three grandchildren, Lucas Repp, Lacie Stromwall, and Blake Upton; two step grandchildren, Jason (Tiffany) Kauzlarich and Tim (Jesi) Kauzlarich; one great granddaughter, Baylor Stromwall; seven step great grandchildren, Carleigh, Emma, Gabe, Josie, Sophie, Corie and Rudy Kauzlarich; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Donnabell was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Repp; her parents, Jobie and Rosetta Smith; a brother, Richard Smith; a daughter in law, Denise Bankson Repp; and a granddaughter, Faith LaNae Repp.

Per Donnabell’s wishes, cremation has been accorded and private services will be held.  Memorials may be made to Cheryl Kauzlarich, to be determined at a later date, and may be dropped off or mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at

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