Donna Marie Petersen

November 9, 1926 ~ December 10, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Donna Petersen Obituary

Donna Marie Petersen was born November 9th, 1926, 1 ½ miles west of Cordova to Carl and Marie (Christiansen) Thompsen and to this union three children were born, Donna, JoAnn, and Carla. In 1929 they moved to a farm 2 miles west and 2 ½ miles south of Cordova. Donna started country school in 1931 at District 23 in Fillmore County. She walked two miles that first year and then across the section, so it was only one mile after that. If the weather was bad, her dad took her to school. Many times, in the lumber wagon pulled by the horses. When she started 5th grade, they moved to Cordova and finished her education through the 12th grade. Following graduation in May of 44, she took a course at Lincoln School of Commerce.

In May 29,1949, Donna Married Gaylord Petersen. They honeymooned in Colorado and upon their return moved into their first home, the “Home Place” one mile east of Cordova. They were blessed with the adoption of two children- Darel in 1957 and Diane in 1961. Donna was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cordova.

Survivors include her son and daughter in law, Darel and Linda Petersen, Cordova, NE; Daughter and son-in-law Diane and Roger Jr Wolfe, York, NE; five grandchildren and spouses, Laura and Dr. Daniel Hershberger, Bellevue, NE; Jonathan and Allison Petersen, Cordova, NE; Rev Erin and Jeremy Tyler, FT Collins, CO; Jeremiah Wolfe, Stromsburg, NE; David and Heather Wolfe, Casper, WY; 12 great-grandchildren, sister, Carla Moore, Friend, NE; nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gaylord, sister JoAnn, sister-in-law Jane Due, brothers-in-law James Moore, and Don Weber.

Visitation: Monday, December 18th, 2023, 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Lauber Funeral Home in Friend, with family greeting and receiving friends and relatives from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial Services: Tuesday, December 19th, @ 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Cordova, NE.

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Inurnment: Zastrow Cemetery, following the Memorial Service.

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December 18, 2023

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lauber Funeral Home
814 Maple Street
Friend, NE 68359

Memorial Service
December 19, 2023

10:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
265 Helen Street
Cordova, NE 68351

Video is available for this event


Zastrow Cemetery
Rural Cordova
Cordova, NE 68330


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