Donna Hohnstein


Donna Hohnstein, 88, of Cozad, passed away May 30, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital.
Donna was born May 10, 1925, at Exeter, 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, on Sept. 22, 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; her brother, Donald; and her step-father, Richard Balduff.
Survivors include her husband, Clinton Hohnstein, of Cozad; her son, James Hohnstein, of Moore Haven, Fla.; her granddaughter, Lisa (Russell) Wenk, of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; her great-grandson, Graden Wenk of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; her sister, Geraldine Moore of Hemet, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Marge Hohnstein and Mae Morgan, both of Hastings; a special friend, Sheryl Tatum, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many other relatives and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Cozad United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association or donor’s choice. Condolences may be shared at
Services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, June 3, at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Burial will be at the Cozad Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, June 2, at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad, which is in charge of arrangements