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1935 Donald 2024

Donald Lee Lewandowski

July 27, 1935 — January 28, 2024

Giltner, NE

Donald L. Lewandowski, 88, of Giltner died Sunday, January 28, 2024, at Grand Island Regional Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Friday, February 2, 2024, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Giltner with Reverend Mark Seiker celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 PM Thursday, February 1st with a 7:00 PM Rosary at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be directed to

Donald was born on July 27, 1935, in Ashton, NE, to Leo and Oda (Obermiller) Lewandowski. He grew up on the farm and attended District #73 School through the eighth grade. After which he worked on the family farm.

On August 17, 1957, Donald was united in marriage to Maxine Spotanski at Loup City. They moved to Philips where Donald worked as a hired hand for Hinzeman. Later they moved to Aurora where he worked for Kansas Nebraska Gas Company. After they moved to Giltner he and his son had a cow/calf operation and he was employed at Pioneer Hybrids until he retired.

Donald was a member of Joseph’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening and raising livestock. He was very active with his children’s 4-H projects.

Those left to cherish his memory include children: Tom Lewandowski of Grand Island, Rex (Amy) Lewandowski of Roseville, CA, Joyce (Larry) Klein of Sutton, NE; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; brother, Howard Lewandowski of NJ; and sister-in-law, Louise (Vern) Vodehnal of Omaha, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Maxine in 2017; grandson, Tim Silva; sister, Marjorie (Johnny) Dzingle; and brother, Alvin Lewandowski.

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Starts at 5:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home Inc - Grand Island

1123 W 2nd St, Grand Island, NE 68801

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Friday, February 2, 2024

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