Donna Jo (Baldwin) Klopfenstein, of Seward, died peacefully Saturday, April 17, 2021, as her son, Todd, sang her favorite gospel songs to her. She was residing at Tabitha’s Journey House in Lincoln, under the loving care of the staff at Journey House as well as HoriSun Hospice. She was 81.
Donna was born Sept. 29, 1939, to Ralph and Wilma (Steele) Baldwin in Liberty Center, Ohio. Donna was one of three daughters, Anneita (Bair) and Jan (Lauber). She attended school in Ohio and on Dec. 21, 1958, she married Terry Klopfenstein. Together they had five children, Tim, Ty, Michelle, Todd and Melissa. They moved to Nebraska in 1965. Donna was a stay-at-home mom, worked at LPS as a paraprofessional and was a foster parent to many children. Terry and Donna were divorced in 1997.
During her retirement, Donna found a new passion, being a foster grandparent for the City of Lincoln and later in Seward. There she would volunteer in classrooms to be a grandmother, a role she cherished.
Donna is survived by her children, Tim and Darla (Knudson) Klopfenstein of Kansas City, Missouri, Ty Klopfenstein of Mesa, Arizona, Michelle and Tony Singleton of Beaver Crossing, Todd and Kelli (Meyer) Klopfenstein of Seward and Melissa and Darin Meyer of Milford; 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She also has five nieces and a nephew and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Wilma; her sister, Anneita; brother, Joey; and granddaughter, Sarah.
A private graveside service will be held at Faith Lutheran East Cemetery in Seward.
Memorial contributions are suggested to HoriSun Hospice Community Foundation or Faith Lutheran Church Cemetery. Cards may be sent to Melissa Meyer 914 238th Road, Milford, NE 68405