Donna Beguelin

Funeral services for Donna Hornberger Beguelin, 79, Lawrence, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 12, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.  She died on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Donna was born on December 1, 1932 in Lawrence, KS, the daughter of Scott N. and Bertha E. (Candreia) Bailey.

Donna graduated in 1951 from Liberty Memorial High School, Lawrence, KS.  She owned and operated Pride and Joy, a children’s clothing store in the 1960’s.  She worked as a Client Service Representative for George Noland Insurance, Landreth, McGrew & Johnson and with Marsh McClennan until she retired in 1989. 

She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence and the Dorsey-Liberty Post Unit 14 of American Legion Auxiliary.  She decorated veteran’s graves for 31 years in Oak Hill Cemetery for Memorial Day.  She was also a Girl Scout Leader from 1963-1974.

Donna married Marlin A. Hornberger on September 28, 1952.  He preceded her in death on January 28, 1991.  She then married Robert F. Beguelin on June 3, 1994 in Lawrence.  He survives of the home. 

Other survivors include three daughters, Ellen (Gary) Bartz of Lawrence, Gayle (Greg) Daniels of Topeka, KS, Ann Rogers of Stilwell, KS;  one step daughter, Barbara (Ace) Kluver of Hastings, NE; one step son, Robert (Linda) Beguelin of Joy, IL; four grandchildren, James Brown, Jr, Garrett Daniels, Marlee Rogers, Mitchell Rogers; five step grandchildren, Christopher Goedert, Elizabeth Bell, Ellen Beguelin, Daniel Beguelin, Taylor Beguelin, three step great grandchildren, Baily Cantrell, Sadye Bell and Bradyn Bell.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Mary Ann Roberts and Dorothy Gensler.

The family will greet friends on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. 

The family suggests memorials in her name to Trinity Lutheran Church for Scholarships towards Summer Camp, LMH Oncology or American Legion Unit 14 and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

21 Condolences

  1. S. Elaine on November 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    It’s very hard to bear the loss of someone so dear. And although there is little that one can say or do to take away all your pain, please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. May every loving memory be like the warming rays of sun which help to bring some comfort when the pain and sorrow comes. And may you continue to assure your heart that not even death can separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38, 39; John 11:24, 25; Matthew 5:5. May God grant you comfort and peace. With heartfelt condolences.

  2. Susan D. McDaniel on November 9, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, she had so many roles in my family and it was a joy to know her. She was mom’s friend, my friend, my girl scout leader and a good neighbor her whole life. Sending hugs and prayers to all of you for the loss of a lovely. fun. and dear friend with a great sense of humor!

  3. Tia Mahmud on November 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Ann you and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. Big hugs.


  4. Kent Kennedy on November 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with Bob and the entire family.

  5. Sharon Pemberton on November 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Donna’s Family- I worked with your Mom at Marsh & McLennan & enjoyed her friendship very much. My husband was also a watchmaker & she insisted on giving some of his equipment to him when your Dad passed away. We finally left some money when she wasn’t looking!
    She was a good person & my prayers are with your family.

  6. Valerie Foos on November 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Ellen, Ann, and all of your family–I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was so generous of spirit and very giving. I remember those marvelous Christmas cookies she used to make for us when we worked together. I have lost my mother as well, but I have found some solace in the best of my memories, and I have seen many of the traits that made her special in my children. Know that Craig and I are thinking of you all.

  7. Mary Wolc on November 10, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Gayle, Greg, & Garrrett, Praying for you at this sad time. What a beautiful picture of your mother! And Garrett, you will always remember what a special gift you gave your grandmother before she passed. She is no longer in pain, & she is in the arms of a warm & loving God. May you all have peace.

  8. Dawn on November 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Dear Bob and Girls my thoughts are with you in your time of need. She was a special lady. Loved her dearly.

  9. Kathryn Habiger on November 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Gayle and family, Prays for you at this difficult time. Your hearts are heavy and hurting now. May you find comfort in God’s love and cherish the memories of your Mother. She is in your heart always. Peace be with you.

  10. Joyce and Jeff Bruce on November 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Bob,Ellen,Gayle,Ann and all the family,
    Wow what a beautiful lady, so many wonderful memories! Know that our family will keep you all in our prayers. Miss you girls so much. Take Care we love you. Jeff, Joyce & family

  11. Ryan Devlin on November 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Bob & family, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies & prayers.

  12. Tharon Sass on November 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I am so sorry that Aunt Donna is gone. It was so wonderful that she came to Eric’s wedding and I got to see her at her best one more time. She is the glue that has held the Hornberger family together for lots of years. We will miss her immensely. It is up to us now to keep her legacy going. Wish I could be there Ellen, Gayle, and Ann. I will see you in January!!!

  13. Shelia Vorsten on November 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I worked with Donna at Marsh &
    McLennan. She was a beautiful and friendly lady. I will always remember her smile and the beautiful trays of cookies she would bring to the office.
    My sincere sympathy to her family.

  14. Betty Vanaltenburg on November 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    My sincerest sympathy to all. Donna was an extraordinary woman! She had wonderful and generous smile.. It was an honor and privilege to know her. She will be missed by all, but she lives in our hearts. Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

  15. Peggy Jo candreia on November 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    My beloved Donna whom I always loved and respected we always had fun at reunions and at the casino We had a good time telling stories on our folks and ourselves The loyality to our country and family was hard to match Thank you for being apart of my life. Peggy Jo

  16. Cathy Daicoff on November 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Ellen, Gail and Annie,

    My thoughts are with you and your families. Your mother was an extraordinary woman and will be missed by many.

    With much love,
    Cathy Daicoff

  17. Ruth Lindsay on November 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I also worker with your mom at Marsh & McClennan. I remember her as being a bright, happy person, very proud of her family and involved in their lives. I enjoyed working with her. I’m sorry for your loss.

  18. Buddy Rogers and Chris Davenport on November 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Our deepest sympathy to all. We loved your mom and wife so much and my mom also. God bless, The Rogers

  19. Murl and Carla Westheffer on November 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. May your cherished memories comfort you.

  20. Tim King on November 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Ellen, I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I can tell from reading about her that she was an incredible person with a huge heart that loved to share her love and compassion with others. My thoughts are with you and your family as you celebrate her memories.

  21. Zhanagh on October 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Thknas for taking the time to post. It’s lifted the level of debate

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