Donna Riedel

Donna Riedel

ALBION — Services for Donna Riedel, 60, Newman Grove, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the United Methodist Church in Albion. The Rev. Janet Burgel will officiate. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Levander Funeral Home in Albion.

She died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at her home in Newman Grove.


Donna June Riedel, known to many as “Bunny,” was born on April 23, 1959, at the hospital in Plainview. She was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Albion. In 1978, Donna graduated from Albion High School and recently got the opportunity to go tanking for her 40th alumni reunion. The little things are what mattered to her.

Donna enjoyed cooking, canning, Tuesday night bingo, family holidays and bringing others happiness.

Donna was a proud mother of six and loved her friends and family dearly. She loved life and was full of surprises. Always up for an adventure and taking road trips, she was real, random and rare.

For 26 years, Donna worked at the Hombre Lounge in Newman Grove and at the high school for five of those years. The last 11 years, Donna worked at Casey’s General Store in Albion, making all of her special pizzas. If you went away hungry, it was your own fault. She always said, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”.

Donna’s work was very important to her, and she always had a smile on her face, going out of her way to make each customer feel special. She had a love for her family and spending time with them. She was a proud supporter of the Fire & Iron MC Station 102 in Newman Grove.

Donna is survived by her six children: Travis Wayne Engelbart (Aryan) of Orchard, Sun Sari Marie Emily Engelbart (Clint) of O’Neill, Theodore “Teddy” Herman Engelbart (Katie) of Colorado Springs, Colo., April June Engelbart (Nicholas) of Norfolk, Johnny Lee Engelbart (Brittany) of O’Neill and Michael Jay Riedel of Randolph; her grandchildren: Joseph, Austin, Carter, Olivia, Huny, Kinley, and coming soon, Kane; her stepmother, Nancy Collins of Grand Island; her siblings, Bob (Jeanne) Collins of Norfolk, Cheryl Kerkman of Dodge, Dale (Berta) Collins of Norfolk, Jim Collins of Ault, Colo., Joan (Rod) Rieck of Spalding, Sally (Jim) Scarlett of Orchard, Jerald (Rhonda) Collins of Norfolk, Lyla (Chad) Pieper of Dodge, Jeff (Beth) Collins of Windsor, Colo.; dear friend, Pat; as well as many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Irvin “Dick” and Rosann (Reichert) Collins; both previous spouses, Theodore Engelbart and Clayton Riedel; her brother, Donald “Donny;” and her infant twins.

The family requests that those who attend to please wear blue jeans.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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NEWMAN GROVE — Services for Diane Christian, 73, Omaha, formerly of Newman Grove, will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Newman Grove. Inurnment will be in Hope Cemetery.

WAYNE — Services for Hollis Frese, 89, Wayne, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Wayne. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

Dr. William “Bill” E. Murphy, 94, Topeka, Kan., formerly of Neligh, peacefully departed this world on Dec. 7, 2019.

WEST POINT — Services for Leland Einemann, 84, West Point, will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Stokely Funeral Home in West Point. The Rev. Priscilla Hukki will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery.

OMAHA — Services for DeLos W. Sparks, 76, formerly of Norfolk, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Southwest Church of Christ, 2600 S. 124th St., in Omaha.

SPENCER — Private memorial services for Gail Heiser, 82, Lynch, will be at a later date under the direction of Brockhaus Funeral Home in Spencer. He requested to have his body donated to medical science at Vermillion, S.D.

BEEMER — Services for Linda J. Masterson, 64, Beemer, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beemer. The Rev. Ryan Seymour will officiate. Burial will be in the Beemer Cemetery.

NORFOLK — Services for Gerald “Jerry” Ludden, 84, Norfolk, are pending at Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home in Norfolk. He died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

OMAHA — DeLos W. Sparks, 76, formerly of Norfolk, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. John A. Gentleman Mortuaries & Crematory in Omaha is in charge of the arrangements.

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