Donna Lee (Olsen) Geisler

Donna Lee (Olsen) Geisler passed away very peacefully with family by her side on Friday, August 16, 2019 at OHSU in Portland, Oregon.

She was born in Seaside, Oregon to Jean Marie (Mole) Welch and Robert Alan Olsen on March 26, 1951. At a young age, the family moved to Willows, California. Her mother remarried and Donna and her two brothers, Robbie and Chuck, moved to Orland, California. She attended school in Orland until her junior year of high school when she moved to Knappa, Oregon in 1967. She then attended Knappa High School where she and her future husband Rocky graduated in 1969.

Donna and Rocky were married on April 4, 1970. While Rocky was in the Army serving during the Vietnam War, she attended Clatsop Community College and worked at Oregon Laundry while caring for their first son, Jeff. She did this with the help of her in-laws, Frank and Elsie Geisler. Their second son, Chris was born three years later, and the family then moved into the Geisler family home in Knappa, Oregon. After their two boys started school, she went back to work as a teller at Benjamin Franklin Bank in Astoria, Oregon until the early 90’s.

Donna was very involved in her local community. She helped for many years with the original Knappa Days, Knappa Summer Rec., Lower Columbia 4 Wheelers, and Clatskanie Cruisers. She loved traveling with Rocky and they have enjoyed many cruises, trips to Hawaii, drives across the U.S., and car club events. She and Rocky also enjoyed many camping trips with their grandchildren every summer. She always looked forward to spending time with her family and friends. When her grandchildren, Alisha and Mitchell, were born she was very involved with their lives. Donna very rarely missed a Knappa Sports game, even after her grandchildren graduated high school. She was a wonderful cook and loved putting a meal together. Her favorite was making her Christmas Eve clam chowder and Christmas day Prime Rib. Donna dedicated her life to her husband, children and grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by her mother Jean Marie (Mole) Welch; brother Robbie Welch; and father Robert Olsen.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Rocky Geisler; two sons Jeff (Susan) Geisler and Chris (Jennifer) Geisler; granddaughter Alisha (Taylor) Falls; grandson Mitchell Geisler; brother Chuck Welch; aunt Lillian Mole; brother-in-law Monty (Cheri) Geisler; and numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the Crossroads Community Church in Svensen, Oregon with a potluck to follow. At 2 p.m., there will be a graveside service at Prairie Cemetery Association of Knappa in Knappa, Oregon. Caldwells Luce-Layton Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Knappa High School Athletic program.