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In Newcastle Nebraska, October 27, 1923 Dona Lauritsen was born Dona Guy, the middle child of Ada and Lenoard Guy. Throughout elementary school her family moved every year, but when she started High School at Omaha North, Dona knew she was where she belonged. She was active in every facet of school life, and met the man of her dreams, George”Bud” Lauritsen. After graduating from North High School, her family moved to Dayton Ohio. Bud joined the Navy, and while he was stationed in California, Dona joined him and they were married.

They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on March 2nd of this year. Most of their married life was spent in Omaha where Dona became a Dale Carnegie Instructor, founded the first amputee support group in the country, and was active in the Daughters of the Nile, eventually serving as Queen of that organization. She also served on the board of The Nebraska Medical Center. In 2005 she was recognized a “ A North High Viking of Distinction.”

Dona is survived by her husband, George Lauritsen, Daughters; Sandy Hutton, Linda Pauley, and Kathy Coufal. Her Grandchildren; Shelly Brennan, Kim Hutton, Allison Reining, Kendra Coufal, Dayna Derichs, Erin Pauley, Guy Lauritsen, Wendy Yerly. 9 Great Grandchildren. Preceding her in death, her parents, Ada Guy and Lenoard Guy, and her son, Terry Lauritsen.

Daughters of the Nile Service 6:00 PM Monday (3/29/10) at Mortuary followed by visitation until 8:00 P.M. Memorial Service 11:00 A.M. Tuesday (3/30/10) at Lutheran Church of the Master 2617 S 114th St Omaha Private Family Interment. Memorials to Lutheran Church of the Master or the Shrine Transportation Fund

Roeder Mortuary, Inc. - 108th Chapel
2727 N 108th Street - Omaha, NE - 496-9000
www.RoederMortuary.com

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