Donna M. Rasmussen, age 83, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020, at Memorial Community Care after a short battle with cancer.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place at this time, Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Inurnment at the Aurora Cemetery and a Memorial Service will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made in care of the family to designate at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
OBITUARY: DONNA RASMUSSEN
Donna Mae Rasmussen, age 83, the daughter of Herbert and Lydia (Winter) Raduenz, was born in Norfolk, Nebraska on September 27, 1936 and passed away at Aurora, Nebraska on May 25, 2020 at the age of 83.
She spent her childhood in Madison County, where she attended rural schools. Donna graduated from Norfolk High School in 1953.
Donna was married to Gordon Rasmussen on January 23, 1955 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Battle Creek. They had three children, Marty, Debra and Shari. They moved to Aurora and Donna worked as a nurse's aide at the old Aurora Hospital for 4 years. In 1964, they divorced and Donna began working as the bookkeeper for Ken's Motel from 1965-1995. Donna was the Executive Director of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce for 35 years, which at the time of her retirement in 2001, was the longest tenure in the state. She was the local KAWL News reporter from 1966-2001. Since retiring, Donna has lived in Norfolk and Seward before returning back to Aurora in 2011. Donna worked the evening visitations at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.
Donna served on the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce Executives Board and in 1974, was elected as the first woman president. She served on several committees for the State Chamber; Cornhusker Better Business Bureau Board; Nebraska Industrial Development Assn.; member South Platte United Chamber of Commerce; Secretary-Treasurer of Highway 14 Assn for 13 years; Hamilton County AK-SAR-BEN Ambassador, 13 years; Admiral in the Great Nebraska Navy and member American Legion Auxiliary Unit #16 of Norfolk. Donna received the Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America Business Person of the Year in 1996 and Nebraska Diplomats "Power Is-In-The Partnership" Award in 2001. She was also a member of the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church.
Donnas was an avid sports fan, she especially loved following the Huskers, the Aurora Huskies and her Norfolk Panthers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Bill Stone; two brothers, Vernon and Darrel Raduenz; father-in-law & mother-in-law, John & Gladys Rasmussen; brothers-in-law, Delmar Rasmussen and Dean Mather.
Those left to cherish her memory are her three children, Marty (Nadine) Rasmussen of Vero Beach, Florida, Debra Stone of Yukon, Oklahoma and Shari (Mark) Burrus of Omaha: 5 grandchildren, Ashleigh Rasmussen, Kara Kinney, Mackenzie Rasmussen, Reagan (Adam) Stotz and Schuyler (Sarah) Burrus and 8 great-grandchildren, Summer Washburn, Kailynn Hammock, Drake Kinney, Hadley Mae and Faith Stotz, Ruby, Olive and Lilah Burrus. She is also survived by her sister, Arlene Mather of Norfolk; brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Roger & Rita (Rasmussen) Jones of Minden, Bryce & Carol (Rasmussen) Bonness of Lincoln, several nieces & nephews, relatives and "good" friends.