Donna Doernemann

December 23, 2018

DODGE — Services for Donna M. Doernemann, 82, Dodge, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge. The Rev. An Duy Phan will officiate with burial in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be 2:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday with a 3 p.m. Christian Mothers rosary and a 7 p.m. vigil at the church. Visitation will continue on Monday an hour prior to the service at the church.

She died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, at the Parkview Home in Dodge.

Minnick Funeral Chapel in Dodge is handling the arrangements.


Donna Mae (Steffensmeier) Doernemann was born on June 15, 1936, at Dodge, to Edward and Helen (Heimann) Steffensmeier. Donna attended St. Wenceslaus School and graduated from Dodge High School in 1954 as the valedictorian of the class. She began working as a bookkeeper at the Farmer’s Garage and Steffy’s Transfer at the age of 18 and continued until her retirement after 57 years of employment.

On April 4, 1956, she was united in marriage to Cletus R. Doernemann at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Dodge. The couple purchased a farm southwest of Dodge after their marriage, where Donna was an active farm wife, as well.

Donna was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and its Christian Mothers. She enjoyed baking, gardening, tending to her flowers, especially loved when her family gathered together and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be remembered for being a good neighbor, warm, gentle and always put others first.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lee and Jay Bailey of Elkhorn; two sons, John and Donna Doernemann of Dodge (and sons Tyler and Jeremy) and Jim and Lynda Doernemann of Dodge (and children Casey, Brandi and Dax); a brother, Gene and Peg Steffensmeier of Fremont; and sister Janet and Larry Beran of Fremont. Several nieces and nephews also survive her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Helen Steffensmeier, and her spouse, Cletus Doernemann on Feb. 6, 2014.

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