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Donna Mae Thacker

October 12, 1927 — July 8, 2013

Donna M. Thacker, 85 of Chandler, Arizona, formerly of Grand Island, NE. died Monday, July 8, 2013 at Sterling House of Chandler. Services will be at 10:30 am on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island, NE with the Rev. Bob Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Visitation hours will be from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesday at Apfel Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Central Nebraska Humane Society or the donors choice. Apfel Funeral Home is caring for the family. Donna M. Thacker was born October 12, 1927, in Clay County, Nebraska the daughter of Abram A. & Elizabeth K. (Holthaus) Boswell. She received her education and grew up in Clay County, graduating from Edgar High School with the class of 1945. She attended Grand Island Business College and resided in Grand Island until 1954 when she moved to Lincoln and in 1958 to Japan. In March of 1959 she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was united in marriage to Marion B. Thacker, November 1, 1959 in Page, Arizona. The couple made their home in Arizona for a short time before returning to Grand Island in 1961. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, member of NARFE, Purple Heart Auxiliary, Liderkranz Society and Saddle Club of Grand Island. She enjoyed collecting dogs and beanie babies. Survivors of the immediate family include her daughter & son in law: Kathryn L. & Mike Wreschner of Chandler, Arizona, a son & daughter in law; Craig & Kathleen Thacker of Pekin, Illinois, three grandchildren: Samantha Wreschner & Daniel Wreschner of Chandler, Arizona, and Elda Thacker of Pekin, Illinois, and sister in law; Ruth Boswell of Shickley, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Marion Thacker and two brothers; Gerald Boswell and Harold & Faye Boswell. Online condolences may be directed to the family at

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