Donna (Meiske) Poland, 81, of Lauderdale, died on March 23, 2015.

Born in Bowling Green, Ohio, Donna spent most of her adult life in St. Paul, raising her family and working. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and her master’s degree in food science from Michigan State University.

She worked at the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management for 25 years until her retirement two years ago. Prior to that, she supervised food service at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and on-campus dorm residences. In the late 1970s she was an instructor for Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.

Donna was married to Jay C. Meiske from 1956 to 1987. She will be greatly missed by friends and family. She is survived by her children, Susan Meiske, Sally Meiske Pinkston, Thomas Meiske and Mary Birrell (John), and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held April 18 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Roseville.

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