FAIRFAX, Iowa — Donna Mae Hartman, 85, of Fairfax, formerly of Goshen, Indiana, died Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, from cerebral hemorrhage.
Donna is survived by her husband, Dean, of Fairfax; children, Sarah (Scott) Yoder of Middlebury, Indiana, Rachel Smith of Gladstone, Oregon, Mark (Sharon) Hartman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Elizabeth (Lowell) Underwood of Fairfax; 12 grandchildren, Nicole Yoder (Alex Camey), Brooklyn, Ohio, Jesse (Stephanie) Yoder, Bloomington, Illinois, Nathan (Shelli) Yoder, Brownsburg, Indiana, Anthony Yoder of Moran, Wyoming, Carmen (Christopher) Hawk of Middlebury, Josiah Smith of Happy Valley, Oregon, Jadon Smith of Corvallis, Oregon, Leya Hartman of Denver, Colorado, Wesley Hartman of Fort Collins, Colorado, Hannah Underwood of Ames, Bethany Underwood of Cedar Falls and Abigail Underwood of Fairfax; eight great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Jackson, Samson, Hope, William, Amelia, Sophia and Layton; her sister, Lois Miller of Harrisonburg, Virginia; brother- and sister-in-law, Keith and Kathy Hartman of Kissimmee, Florida; and brother-in-law, Max Hartman of Goshen.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Alma Fink Barkey; sisters, Wilma (Leonard) Yoder and Phyllis (James) Detweiler; and sister-in-law, Brenda Hartman.
Donna was born on Sept. 22, 1933, in Madison Township, Indiana. In 1951 she graduated and was valedictorian at Madison Township High School. She graduated in 1955 from Goshen College, Goshen, with a BS in Elementary Education. Donna married Dean Hartman August 17, 1958, in Elkhart County. She taught elementary school in Indiana and was a preschool teacher and director in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She worked for 15 years for the Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids, retiring in 1996. She was a member of Stonebridge Church.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, Stonebridge Church, Cedar Rapids, by Pastor Randy Scheil and Pastor Robin Tyner. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Stonebridge Church, and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Indiana service: Friends may visit with the family after 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Olive Mennonite Church, 61081 C.R. 3, Elkhart, prior to the 1 p.m. service by Pastors Enid Schloneger and Jesse Yoder, Donna’s grandson, at the church. Burial will follow at Olive Cemetery, West. Rieth Rohrer Ehret Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Donna put her whole heart into loving people. She delighted in teaching children, which she did most effectively by her life of joyful faith. Donna was devoted to her church family, Cedar Hills Evangelical Free/Stonebridge, starting a church choir, teaching Sunday school, and leading in women’s ministries. She was a gracious hostess, eagerly opening her home to friends, family and those from all over the world who were not yet friends and family. Donna spent untold hours in Bible reading and prayer. Most of all, she was in love with her Savior, Jesus Christ, and with the husband he gave her.
Memorials may be directed to Stonebridge Church, 1829 Stoney Point Road SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.
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