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Donna Marrie Kanzler Johnson

August 30, 1936 — January 9, 2024


Donna Marrie Kanzler Johnson


Donna Marrie Johnson

August 30, 1936—January 9, 2024

Donna Marrie Kanzler passed away on January 9 at Powell Valley Hospital. Donna was born in Bayard, Nebraska on August 30, 1936 to John Sr and Mary Kanzler.

Donna grew up in Nebraska calling several communities home. She met her future husband, Harry Johnson in Nebraska and there were married on August 25, 1961 in Gering, Nebraska. After living in various Nebraska towns, they settled in Scottsbluff. Three children; Randy, Gary, and Debbie joined their family.

Donna spent the majority of her life as a homemaker and interspersed that with working at Western Sugar. After her husband was moved to the Nursing Home, she took a job there working in the laundry room, in order to be close to him. After she retired she started working at McDonald’s just to keep busy. Not long after that she moved to Powell to live with her son Randy and daughter-in-law, Hazel Kanzler.

She lived with them nearly eight years and enjoyed going to church at the Garland Community Church every Sunday. Donna enjoyed seeing her great granddaughter when she stayed with her when her mother, CeCe, was working. They played everything a little girl loves to play and baked peanut butter cookies for everyone to enjoy. Special times were spent with Randy shopping at Walmart, even though they would often get separated , she could hardly wait for the next time they would go shopping. Eating lunch and watching “The Young and Restless” with her daughter-in-law Hazel was a daily event. Animals always intrigued her and each day was complete when she observed the horses across the road and the birds flying in and out of the trees gathering at the bird feeders.

Donna enjoyed crocheting doilies and slippers. Many times she would start the project and turn it over to Hazel to finish.

Donna is survived by: her son Randy (Hazel) Kanzler of Powell; son, Gary Johnson of Gering, NE, ten grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Donna was preceded in death by: her parents, John and Mary Kanzler, her daughter, Debbie Hauck (Ronnie), brothers John Jr Kanzler, Harold Kanzler and Melvin Kanzler; sisters, Lillian Dietz, Dorathy Kobobel and June Ring.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held at the Garland Community Church.


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