Donna M. Darnell
Date of Birth
May 12, 1944
Wahoo, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
December 10, 2021
Wahoo, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Thursday, December 16, 2021 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at St. Francis Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

*The funeral will be live streamed on the Svoboda Funeral Home Facebook page.

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Wednesday, Decemeber 15, 2021
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Rosary ~ 7:30 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or in care of the family for future designation.

Donna M. Darnell, 77, of Wahoo, NE, entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 10, 2021 at Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo, NE.  She was born May 12, 1944 in Wahoo, NE to Frank and Marie (Rezak) Brabec.  Donna attended Wahoo High School.  On December 15, 1960, Donna was married to Caroll Thorson in Wahoo, NE.  Caroll died on August 11, 1970.  Donna was united in marriage to John Darnell on March 24, 1972 in Wahoo, NE.

Donna worked many years for Christensen Drug Store.  She loved bowling through the years with family and friends, and she loved collecting her bells and anything related to Elvis Presley.  Donna especially loved spending time with her family.  Donna was the loving mother of five children and “second mom” to many others.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, John Darnell; children, Karri (Henry) Mildenberger, Rod (Shelli) Thorson, Tom Thorson, Bill (Patti) Thorson and Clayton “C.J.” (Stephanie) Darnell; 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Caroll Thorson; parents, Frank and Marie Brabec; brother, Richard Brabec.

Pallbearers are Rod Thorson, Tom Thorson, Bill Thorson, C.J. Darnell, Hank Mildenberger and Raymond Brabec.

Condolences for Donna M. Darnell
  1. Shari & David Nygren
    • December 12, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Oh I am so sorry! Loved Donna and her sense of humor! Always fun to be around! May our Loving God wrap His arms and give you peace and comfort! Sorry we won’t be able to attend.

  2. Kent & Linda Sweet
    • December 12, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Linda and I are very sorry to hear the news of Donna’s passing. We will remember her as beautiful, caring,loving lady.
    She had the best sense of humor and was always ready with a humorous come back. We have known her and John and their children for many years and will keep all in our thoughts and prayers.
    May she rest in peace and in the love of the Lord.

  3. Marlene Barnes(Meek) and Valerie Medina
    • December 13, 2021 - 1 year ago

    John and family My heart is breaking at the news of Donna. We grew up together as kids. I will miss her and she is in my prayers.

  4. Trudy Hrdlicka
    • December 13, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Deepest to John and all of Donna’s Family. She was such a sweet and definitely fun lady. I bowled with Donna and went to a lot of State Bowling Tournaments . What fun and sometimes crazy times. She will be missed by many.

  5. Pam Knox
    • December 13, 2021 - 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear this and such a surprise.
    We had many cousin memories.
    She was always laughing and giving🥰

  6. AlysonLinquist
    • December 13, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Many hugs to you all. Donna was an awesome gal and will be missed by many. Cherish and hold close all those precious memories. Alyson Andersen Linquist ♥️

  7. Carol Johnson Taylor
    • December 13, 2021 - 1 year ago

    John my heart goes out to you. May God give you comfort and open arms to Donna! She was a friend from childhood through school and on. She lived a block from me in young years and played together. Her accordion, singing and humo, love for all
    We will miss her!

  8. Riya Talreja
    • December 14, 2021 - 1 year ago

    May fond memories of your mother bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Our heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

  9. Kris and Steve Hudson
    • December 14, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Clayton and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing others care.

  10. Karen Arnone
    • December 15, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Sad and shocked to hear the news.
    Love and prayers for her and family during this difficult time.
    Memories of us as cousins make me smile. Always wishing I could play the accodian and sing like her. Plus that infectious laugh….may God reward her for all her goodness to others.

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