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Donna Lorraine (Kraus) Neujahr

Donna Lorraine (Kraus) Neujahr

Donna Lorraine (Kraus) Neujahr, 89, of Bemidji passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Gold Pine Home in Bemidji.

A family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Our mother, Donna, was born October 22, 1923 in Bemidji, MN the daughter of Henry and Irene Krause. She attended Central Elementary and graduated from Bemidji High School in 1941. Our mother then enrolled at the University of Washington, Seattle to pursue a business degree. In June of 1943, Donna married Kenneth Neujahr in Fort Worth, Texas, where Kenneth was stationed as an Army Flight Instructor. They then moved to New York where he was accepted with American Airlines and flew Air Transport Command. After the war, our dad resigned, and they moved to Bagley where she operated Lakeview Cabin Court while dad completed his optometric degree.

Our mom was very competitive and excelled in many sports, including golf and bowling, for which she received numerous trophies and awards. She was also active at Faith Lutheran Church in Bagley, Cub Scouts, State Optometric Auxiliary and worked as a secretary at the Bagley High School.

She is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Cheryl) of Denver, CO, Bradley (Barb) of Bagley, MN, and Scott (Pamela) of Bemidji, MN; grandchildren, Shana, Jaime (Chad), Brandon (Nicole), Kimberly, and Ashley (Brett); great grandchildren, Isaac, Logan, Harper, and Mila; and cousins, Keith and Bud Spindler and special niece, Maureen Mascarenas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her sister, Shirley.