Donna Lee Harms of Hebron, Nebraska, the daughter of Henry and Anetta (Bartels) Graue, was born May 29, 1932, in Republic County, Kansas. She departed this life Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home in Hebron at the age of 87 years.
Donna was baptized on June 12, 1932, by Pastor Strassen and confirmed April 29, 1945, by Pastor Hilst, both at St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, Nebraska.
Donna grew up in the Chester area attending Country School Star District #57 and graduating from Chester High School with the class of 1949. After high school Donna taught in country schools in the Chester/Hardy area for two years.
Donna was united in marriage to Rudolph Harms June 3, 1951, at St. John Lutheran Church in Chester. This union was blessed with the birth of three children. They lived on a farm near Chester and later near Byron, Nebraska.
Donna was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron.
She went to work at Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home in Hebron in the dietary department and worked there for 25 years. She later joined the Foster Grandparent Program at Head Start and then Thayer Central School working with the preschool students from 2001 until 2018. She loved the kids and the kids loved her.
Donna loved spending time with her friends, having coffee and visiting, taking walks and raising many beautiful flowers. The highlight in Donna’s life was spending time with her family, children, grandson, and great-granddaughter.
She is preceded in death by her parents; former husband, Rudolph; brother, Harlan Graue; sisters, Arlene Hoops and husband Wilbur, Lucille (Meyer) Gerberding and husbands Clarence Meyer and Harold Gerberding; and brother-in-law, Vernon Hoops.
She is survived by her son, Alan Harms and wife Sally of Wisner, Nebraska; two daughters, Pauline Harms of Superior and Judy Harms of Hastings; sisters, Mary Ann Black and husband Bruce of Hastings, and Norma Hoops of Hastings; grandson, Mark Harms and wife Leslie and great-granddaughter Katherine Harms of Lincoln; nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron. Officiant will be Pastor Keith Brozek, organist Brenda Striggow, congregational hymns “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” “Amazing Grace” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Visitation will be Tuesday, July 30, from 3-7 p.m. with family greeting friends 5-7 p.m. Casket bearers are Mark Harms, Dale Hoops, Mike Hoops, Jim Black, Kurk Wiedel, and Henry Laber. Memorials in care of the family. Condolences may be left at www.krollfh.com. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Chester. Kroll Funeral Home of Hebron is in charge of arrangements.