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Dona Brungardt

May 2, 1933 — August 14, 2016

Dona Gene Brauch was born May 2, 1933 on the family farm between Diller and Odell, Nebraska to Irvin William and Henrietta (Novotny) Brauch. She was the third of six children.

As a child she attended rural school at District 152 known as Prairie College in Gage County. She graduated from Diller High School in 1950 and proceeded to teach in rural schools because she had taken Normal training in high school.

In 1954, she graduated from Fairbury Junior College which qualified her to teach in Kansas, which she did for two years while living in Washington, Kansas.

It was here that she met her future husband Robert Brungardt. They were married May 5th, 1956 and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.

After getting married, they moved to Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Dona taught at Murray schools and Robert worked at the Allied Chemical plant until December 1960.

At that time, Robert accepted a job with the Nebraska Public Power District at the Sheldon Nuclear power station near Hallam, Nebraska. They lived in Hallam where she taught in Hickman for the Norris Public Schools from 1965 to 1969. In 1965, she graduated with her B.S. degree from the University of Omaha and completed her Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1969.

In 1969 they moved to Auburn, Nebraska where she taught 1969-1974. She then worked for a period of time for the Southeast Nebraska Developmental Service.

Dona and Robert were blessed with two children. Randall Ray was born in 1957 and Vicki Sue was born in 1961.

Dona had many varied interests including art, flower gardening, antique glassware, playing bridge, traveling in the U.S. and Europe and frequenting antique shows and flea markets. It was important for her that the family annually vacation throughout the U.S. She emphasized that the trips be educational for everyone. She enjoyed everything from hiking up mountains to floating down ice-cold streams during their travels.

Dona passed away on August 14, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Auburn, Ne. She is survived by her husband Robert; two children Randall Brungardt of San Diego, CA, and Vicki (husband John) Rinne of rural Brock, NE; grandchildren Tyler (wife Elena) Rinne of Beatrice, NE and Trevor Rinne of Hays, KS; and her siblings Shirley Nickeson, Beverly (husband Frank) Jurgens, Neil Brauch and Gale (wife Myrna) Brauch.

To honor Dona’s wishes, there will be no services.

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