OBITUARY

Donadean M. Clauff

September 21, 1926February 22, 2019
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Donadean (“Dona”) Marie Clauff born 9/21/1926 and died 2/22/2019. Proceeded in death by mother Alice Briggs; father, Bruce Briggs; brother, Bernie Briggs; husband, Lowell “Bud” Clauff; son, Steve Clauff. Survived by sons Terry Clauff (spouse Lisa Clauff) and David Clauff, and daughter-in-law, Beckie Clauff; grandchildren: Leigh Ann Gobber (Clauff, husband Tim Gober), Robert Clauff (spouse Denelle Clauff), Steve Hanson (step-son of Steve Clauff), Alexander Clauff (spouse Brandi Clauff), Jack Clauff, Madeline Clauff, Emily Clauff, and Tylyn Trummer; and six great Grandchildren: (Carsen and Clara Gobber, (son and daughter of Leigh Ann Gobber), Deakon and Amathyst Clauff (son and daughter of Robert Clauff), Cecilia Clauff (daughter of Alexander Clauff), and Adan Hanson (grandson of Steven Clauff).

Dona was born in Omaha 9/21/1926. She met Lowell “Bud” Clauff on a blind date at a Omaha Knights hockey game whom she was married to for 57 years until his death 1/1/2003. They lived in Omaha while Bud was a brewmaster for Falstaff until they moved to Wisconsin for Bud to continue his brewing career as a brewmaster for Schlitz. She worked as an Executive Administrative Assistant in Wisconsin until they retired and moved to Missouri in 1982. They returned to Omaha in 1997.

Dona was a very active volunteer and social person. She was involved with delivering Meals on Wheels, quilting for charities, volunteering at the voting polls for many years, and helping out at Bethany Church in Elkhorn. She loved her times at the Eagles Club in Elkhorn Nebraska where she volunteered at many events and enjoyed playing cards and just visiting with friends.

She was an avid bowler, card player, fisherwoman, and pretty good at shooting her single shot 410 shotgun. She enjoyed swimming with her friends and participating in events at the Common Ground in Elkhorn.

She enjoyed the Nebraska Wind Symphony in Omaha and appreciated her association with Conductor Larry MacTaggart, who referred to her as his #1 fan. Her affection for the arts included her frequent visits to performances at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha.

She was an involved sports fan, with Baseball, Hockey, and Nebraska football and Volleyball as her key sports. She also made it to two Major League All-Star games.

While she had many activities in her life, the one she loved the most was enjoying her sons and their families, living each day as a devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. Dona would attend all graduations, sports activities, birthday parties, all school events including every family vacation and even went with Terry and Lisa and their kids on their honeymoon. Dona loved family weekend dinners, passing along her love for playing cards, watching baseball games and enjoying a cold Blue Moon (since Falstaff isn’t made any more). To say Dona was a huge part of the family is an understatement. She was more than just a mother and a grandmother, she was the matriarch, mentor, friend and partner always ready for an adventure. She was such a blessing to us all.

Thank you for all that stayed involved with Dona. She always talked positive of her friends and fellow volunteers. A special thank you from the family to Joanne Givens, Jan Caughlin, and many others watching over her and staying involved with her the last several years.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Leigh Ann Gobber, Pallbearer
  • Robert Clauff, Pallbearer
  • Alex Clauff, Pallbearer
  • Jack Clauff, Pallbearer
  • Madeline Clauff, Pallbearer
  • Emily Clauff, Pallbearer
  • Tylyn Trummer, Pallbearer

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 28, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment
REMEMBERING

Donadean M. Clauff

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Linda Peairs

March 5, 2019

Since my parents, Mary and Niles (Ed) Davis, and Dona and Bud were close friends, and our families socialized and vacationed together, I have known Dona all my life. I remember picnics in the Clauff backyard when Dave was only a two-year-old toddler swinging his mini baseball bat. I also have memories of Dona and the other “Club Girls” coming to our home to socialize once a year, and the fun they had dressing up just to come chat and enjoy dessert and coffee. I envied the twelve of them their closeness and the support they gave each other for more than six decades. I remember taking 5 flights in multiple languages to get home from Europe in time to go on a road trip in a tiny RV with my folks and Dona and Bud. Another wonderful memory is sailing on Lake Mead with Dona and Steve in the hot Nevada sunshine. And of course, there were all the visits to Omaha when my Dad and I went to visit Dona and play cards. Whether it was an activity or just a simple visit, Dona’s sweet smile and great sense of humor uplifted my life. Dona was an important role model for me. Her upbeat attitude and courage—often under difficult circumstances, her dedication to her family (very well described in her obituary), and her commitment to maintaining her independence and physical well-being through aqua aerobics showed many of us a way to approach aging and just plain living that has blessed everyone who knew her well. Dona, I hope you are in heaven with all those you love. God bless you and all your family, Linda Davis Peairs

Judy Munn

February 26, 2019

Your mom always had a smile on her face. I have always enjoyed hearing from her at Christmas time. I'm sorry Larry and I won't be able to attend your mother's funeral as I have a commitment that I can't get out of that day. I remember when your mom and dad (and Terry and Steve) used to come to the farm during hunting season. Judy and Larry Munn

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