November 25, 1946 ~ July 3, 2019

Born in: Ellinwood, Kansas
Resided in: Thornton, Colorado

Donna L. Nei, age 72, a resident of Thornton, Colorado passed away on July 2nd, 2019 at her home. Born on November 25, 1946 in Ellinwood, Kansas to Emil and Betty Scheufler. She graduated in 1964 from Ellinwood High School and in 1968 from Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Donna’s first teaching assignment was in Adams County, Colorado. She started in 2nd grade and moved to 6th for most of her 30 teaching years. She especially enjoyed the Outdoor Education experiences with her 6th graders. She had a gift for connecting with this age with her wit and no-nonsense approach.

On March 16, 1974 she was united in marriage with Peter Allan Nei. They lived in Thornton for 30 years and enjoyed gardening, entertaining and spending time with family and friends. After retiring from teaching she worked for DU as administrative secretary and after Allan’s death was employed as office manager for Crossroads Church of Northglenn. Donna’s church family was an important part of her life. She sang with the worship team and played in the Hand Bell Choir. She participated in many ministries and outreaches. Her interests included photography, reading, travel, music, antiquing, scrapbooking, shopping, volunteering, gardening and entertaining.

The greatest joy in her life was her faith and her family relationships as daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, friend, Donna/mom and Nana. Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Peter Allan Nei; parents, Emil and Betty Scheufler; and brother, David Scheufler. She is survived by her sisters, Joyce Gookin (Garen), and Annette Viner (William Lee); nieces, Jodi Porter (Mark) and Megan Viner; nephews, Jason Scheufler (Ashley), Jeremy Scheufler (Amanda) and Harrison Viner; great nieces, Emmy and Harper Scheufler; great nephews, Ellis and Kellen Scheufler, Reece and Rylan Porter; by marriage – sons, Mark ( Becky), Scott (Victoria) and Eric (Dawn); grandchildren, Matthew, Tia, Jeremiah, Alisha (Nick), Garrett Faith, Ethan, Miriam and Sarah; and great grandson, Clayton.

Services for Donna will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Crossroads Church, 10451 Huron Street, Northglenn, with a reception to follow.

Memorial donations may be made in Donna’s honor to Tru Community Care Hospice, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026.

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Memorial Service: July 8, 2019 10:00 am

Crossroads Church ~ Northglenn
10451 Huron Street
Northglenn, CO 80234

Reception: July 8, 2019 11:00 am

Crossroads Church ~ Northglenn
10451 Huron Street
Northglenn, CO 80234

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Donna L. Nei's name.

Tru Community Care Hospice

2594 Trailridge Drive East
Lafayette, CO 80026
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  1. Donna was a wonderful person that I meet through Crossroads Church.
    She was loved by all. She will be greatly missed.
    Prayers to all of the family.
    Carla Jones

  2. The greatest memories I have was going with my grandma to the Scheuefler Farm and the home in Ellinwood and listening to the Scheufler family sing around the piano. Those times I will cherish forever and never forget. God bless all the families that loved her! We send our deepest heartfelt sympathies!

  3. I fondly remember times at the Scheuefler farm with Emil and Betty and all the family. During wheat harvest or putting up hay – so busy and active. Times Donna and Joyce sang together were wonderful.

  4. Joyce and Annette and family, My heart goes out to you at this time of grief. I remember being at the farm house and enjoying the love of your family. Donna will be missed, but what hope we have that she is now with Jesus, and sees things differently. May God bless and comfort you.

  5. My prayers are sent wth my treasured memories of all your family. The big house south of Ellinwood continues to be a wonderful source of great memories
    of Donna and Joyce , David and your loving parents. May God bless you each and every day !

  6. Dear Donna was a special lady, and friend. I treasure the time I knew her, and will always remember singing with her, and Joyce, and hearing their beautiful heartfelt harmonies. I will also keep Donna’s caring heart close. She was always there for her friends and family. I also appreciated our shopping trips with Joyce and Shirl. Donna always kept us laughing and always knew what something was when we had a hard time identifying it in an antique store or flea market. I will miss her but look forward to seeing her again one day in Heaven.

  7. Donna was a person of grace and beauty, and I will remember her for her kindness. She chose a wonderful profession in teaching. We won’t know how many children she touched in her work, a courageous woman in a difficult field. She will be missed by many. Surely she will be missed by Crossroads Church and the body of Christ who worship there.

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