Donna R. Obermiller 76, of Grand Island, formerly of Boelus, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020 (non Covid-19 related) at CHI Health - St. Francis in Grand Island, with her family by her side.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul. Pastor Jim Garfield will be officiating. A Private Committal Service will be held at the Kelso Cemetery near Farwell.
Donna was born May 18, 1944 to Raymond & Katherine (Kosch) Barr at Minden, Nebraska. She received her education and graduated from Rockville High School in 1962. She was united in marriage to Edward “Gene” Obermiller on February 1, 1964 in Ravenna. They lived in the Boelus area where they farmed until Gene’s health started to fail. In 1985 Donna wanted to go to college so first she had to learn how to drive a car. Having accomplished that, she got an associate degree and worked for the VA Medical Center Dietary & Food Service Department until 2011 when she retired. She also worked for Heritage Care Center in St. Paul and Skagway in Grand Island. On Wednesday evenings, Gene and Donna were easily found at Motley’s Auction Company. They also enjoyed taking trips to the casinos. Donna enjoyed gardening, canning, collecting salt & pepper shakers and crocheting. She also enjoyed teaching the Howard County 4-H kids to sew through the First Presbyterian Church’s Sewing Club.
Donna was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary Unit 1347 in Grand Island and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Paul.
Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Katherine Barr of Ravenna; one daughter, LaDonna Obermiller of Grand Island; three sons & daughters-in-law, Devin & Leanna (Hall) Obermiller of Dannebrog, Damon & Jodi (Borer) Obermiller of Boelus, and Daron & Jennifer (Dexter) Obermiller of Grand Island; six grandchildren, Tom Ruvalcaba, Anna (Dustin) Langholz, McKayla Obermiller, Nathanal Obermiller, Kalvin Boltz and Megan (Caleb) Johnson; 2 great-grandchildren, Castlett Langholz and Emily Johnson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis and Karen Barr of Bellevue, Larry and Char Barr of Beverly, KS; one sister and brother-in-law, Terry and Ken Hervert of Ravenna; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Karen and Jesse Shuck of Ayr; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ray; husband, Edward “Gene”; and brother, Jerry Barr.
Memorials are suggested to the Boelus Fire Department or the Grand Island VFW Auxiliary Unit 1347.
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