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Lola A. Donecker 1926 - 2018

GREAT BEND — Lola A. Donecker, 92, passed away October, 25, 2018, at River Bend Assisted Living, Great Bend. She was born February 19, 1926, at Trego County to William and Katie (Strauch) Bauer. She married Lewis H. “Hap” Donecker September 19, 1948, at Dighton, Kansas.  He died June 29, 2010. 

Coming from Dighton in 1972, Lola was a Great Bend resident. She was a member of First Christian Church. She was a clerk at Gibson's Discount Center, retiring in 1991, when she obtained her GED. She then worked for a short time at ASI telemarketing. She enjoyed reading, baking, embroidery, crocheting, gardening, canning, sewing, quilting, playing “noodle balloon ball”, noodle making, and above all, spending time with her family.  She was a member of the River Bend Bible Study Group and the River Bend Bell Choir.

Survivors include, three daughters, Kathleen Donecker of Hutchinson, Vicki Sheets and husband John of Great Bend and Reneé Dykes and husband Luke of Great Bend; one sister, Evelyn Lawless of Topeka; five grandchildren, Jennifer Keener and husband Jarrod, Rachelle Sheets, Joshua Sheets, Danielle Keenan and husband Pat, Sarah Haberman and husband Jason; and ten great-grandchildren, Kelsie Brown and husband Trent, Kameron Keener, Blake Sheets, Kaleigh Sheets, Addilie Sheets, Waylon Sheets, Olivia Keenan, Caroline Keenan, Kori Haberman and fiancé Troy Ostmeyer, Gavin Haberman and Cohen Haberman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis “Hap” Donecker; one son, Lewis Dean Donecker; three brothers, Walter, John and Benjamin Bauer and, three sisters, Rosie Ferris Lolley, Mabel Flinn and Lillian Bauer. 

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, October 29, 2018, with family receiving friends from 6-8:00 p.m., at Bryant Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at First Christian Church, with Rev. Joshua Leu presiding. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Lane County Cemetery, in Dighton, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church or the River Bend Assisted Living Activity Fund, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. 

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Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS 67530

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 28, 2018