LaDonna M. Burbach, 84, of Coleridge, died on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at a hospital in Sioux City.
Services will be on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Coleridge with the Rev. Rod Kneifl and the Rev. David Liewer officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Coleridge. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at the church. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge.
LaDonna Marie (Kneifl) Burbach, daughter of Leo and Amelia (Pfister) Kneifl, was born on Aug. 6, 1933, in Newcastle, Neb. She graduated from Newcastle High School in 1951. In the early years, LaDonna assisted her parents on the farm until she married Duane Burbach on Aug. 21, 1956, in Newcastle.
Their first home together was in Coleridge where they owned and operated the Coleridge Cafe. After selling the cafe and living a short period of time in Hartington, Neb., they returned to Coleridge where LaDonna raised her children while working 41 years at the Coleridge Nursing Home downtown and then at Park View Haven. LaDonna was an active member of Saint Michael's Church and together with Duane managed and maintained the St. Michael's cemetery for 47 years since 1968. LaDonna was also an active member of the St. Michael's Altar Society and Christian Mothers. LaDonna attended the weekend retreat Christians Encounter Christ in Norfolk, Neb.
LaDonna cherished her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as she truly enjoyed attending their many events. A special treat was "Grandma's famous chocolate chip cookies," always available in the freezer. LaDonna was also one of the biggest Nebraska Cornhusker fans from the comfort of her own home, enjoying watching volleyball, basketball and football.
LaDonna is survived by her five children and their spouses, Connie and Robert Kalin of Hartington, Linda and Terry Krei of Sioux City, Cindy Haberer of Coleridge, Terry and Jacie Burbach of Coleridge, and Carol and Jeff Wolfe of Hartington; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Katherine and her husband, Dan McCabe of Newcastle; sister-in-law, Sally and her husband, Leroy Beste of Wynot, Neb.; sister-in-law, Julie Kneifl of Hubbard, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Amelia Kneifl; husband, Duane on Dec. 13, 2017 at the age of 82 years; a brother, Louis Kneifl; her mother and father-in-law, Werner M. and Marjorie (Backman) Burbach; a son-in-law, Roger Haberer; grand-daughter, Renae Kalin; and great grandson, Samuel Krei.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Kalin, Travis Kalin, Aaron Kalin, Carter Krei, Chris Haberer, Michael Wolfe and Josh Wolfe. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and spouses and great-grandchildren.