Obituary – Donna Bell Galvin

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RANDOLPH — Donna Bell Galvin, 84, Randolph, died Aug. 2, 2013, at Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk.

Visitation was Aug. 5 at Johnson Funeral Home, Randolph.

Funeral services were Aug. 6, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Osmond, with Rev. Gary Trowbridge officiating.

Interment was in Randolph Cemetery, Randolph.

Pallbearers were Paul Koehler, Mike Timmerman, Don Backer, Tod Voss, M.D., Tom Guenther and Steve Isom.

Honorary pallbearers were Shirley Garner, Beth Manzer, Lea McKenna, Lorene Patent, Joan Gansebom, Karen Dowling, Margaret Brockemeier, Dick and Sharon Luhr, Del Fuelberth, Ron and Becky Brandl, Steve Jessen, Al Porter, Gary Lemeke, Randy Jochum, Dan Weeder and Carol Wrede.

Donna was born the youngest child of Leo and Ella (Backhaus) Neubauer Aug. 9, 1928, at Osmond. She was baptized April 8, 1934, at Immanuel Lutheran Parsonage and was confirmed March 29, 1942, by Rev. E. Holstein. Donna Bell received her early education at Osmond Public School attending all 12 grades there, graduating May 23, 1945. While attending school she worked at Bruegman and Reed Grocery Store where she made many lifelong friends. Upon graduation, Donna Bell attended Wayne State College and began her teaching career. She taught in four rural schools, Pierce County District’s #45, 19W, 78, and 58, one year at Immanuel Lutheran parochial school, 14 years at McLean, and her last years in the Osmond Community School — placing her in the classroom for 40 years.

Donna Bell married Cliff Galvin at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Osmond, Aug. 12, 1951, with Rev. Theo Welting presiding. At this time, the couple made their home in McLean until Cliff entered Colonial Manor, Randolph, in 2003. Donna Bell moved to assisted living at Colonial Manor Estates in 2007, where she remained until her death.

Donna Bell was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and lifelong member of several organizations. She enjoyed Osmond Immanuel Lutheran Ladies, a member for 61 years; Osmond American Legion Auxiliary, 68 years; McLean Homemakers Club, 61 years; 8 & 40 Madison County Salon #410, member for 30 years. In the year 2000, she served as Departmental Chapeau for 8 & 40, traveling widely over the state of Nebraska and in the year 2000 she had the privilege of representing Nebraska placing the wreath at the gravesite of President Truman in Independence, Kan.

Survivors include two brothers, Delmer Neubauer, Osmond, and Leo L. and wife, Pat Neubauer, Centerville, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Ruth and Paul Smith, Ainsworth; many nieces and nephews, and the many students she taught through the years and her family at Colonial Manor, Randolph.

Donna Bell was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cliff, in January 2009; and three sisters, Leola Botsford, Helen Lindquist and Evelyn Stegelman.