Cozad Resident: Donna Hohnstein, age 88 (1932-2013)

Donna Hohnstein, 88, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Thursday, May 30th, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital.

Donna was born May 10th, 1925, at Exeter, Nebraska, to Armin and Edith (Whitlock) Rauscher. At an early age, Donna went to live with Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Whitlock, who was a brother of her mother, Edith. The family resided in Sutton before moving to Harvard, where Donna graduated from high school in 1943.

Following graduation, Donna worked at the Harvard Air Base until she was accepted into the Army Nurse Cadets. Donna took her nursing training at the Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings for two years.

Donna married Clinton Hohnstein at Harvard, Nebraska, on September 22nd, 1946. The couple moved to Cozad in June of 1947 and has resided there since. Donna served as a bookkeeper for Zook’s Welding for a number of years before retiring in 1985.

Donna was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She enjoyed traveling, Cozad High School sports and Nebraska Cornhusker football games. Donna also liked to bowl, play golf and especially enjoyed Florida winters.

Donna was a long-time member of the Cozad United Methodist Church, the Cozad Country Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. She served on the Cozad Community Hospital Board for 11 years.   

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald and her stepfather, Richard Balduff.

Survivors include her husband, Clinton Hohnstein of Cozad; her son, James Hohnstein of Moore Haven, Florida; granddaughter, Lisa (Russell) Wenk of Litchfield Park, Arizona; great-grandson, Graden Wenk of Litchfield Park, Arizona; sister, Geraldine Moore of Hemet, California; two sisters-in-law, Marge Hohnstein and Mae Morgan both of Hastings, Nebraska; a special friend, Sheryl Tatum of Ft. Myers, Florida; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Services were held on Monday, June 3rd, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Burial was in the Cozad Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Cozad United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association or Donor’s Choice in her memory.

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Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements.


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