Donna Kay Criner was born May 21, 1940, in Wynot, Neb., the daughter of Fritz and Zita (Kathol) Hochstein. She received her education in Wynot, graduating from Wynot High School. She furthered her education at business college in Sioux City. Upon graduation, Donna moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where she met Charles Criner.
In 1963, Donna and Charles were united in marriage. The couple made their home in Las Vegas, Nev. Charles died Jan. 10, 1999.
Donna was employed as a status board operator at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. She retired Aug. 29, 2002.
Donna moved to Le Mars, April 25, 2005.
Donna will be lovingly remembered by her children, Michelle Criner of Las Vegas, Nev., Lisa and Ren Eide of Le Mars, Jackie and Grace Criner of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Charles W. Criner of Klamath Falls, Ore.; 12 grandchildren, Heather DeVine, Courtney Criner, Lauren Eide, Chelsea Kornbluh, Breanna Kornbluh, Edgar Criner, Ethan Criner, Steven Criner, Donnie Criner, Danny Criner, Amanda Criner and Aaron Criner; two great-grandchildren, Zachary DeVine and Angela Criner; a sister, Sharon and Ervin Promes of Carroll; a brother, Jim and Marilyn Hochstein of Des Plaines, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Arlyce Hochstein of Wynot, Neb.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles; a son, Donnie; brothers, Larry and Randy.
A private graveside service will take place Tuesday followed by a time for family and friends at 2:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish Hall in Wynot, Neb. The Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars is assisting Donna's family with funeral arrangements.
Memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.