Donna M. Maixner

Donna Margaret Maixner of Missouri Valley, Iowa passed away in peace and comfort on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the age of 90. Donna was born August 17, 1926 in Hebron, Nebraska to Francis Paul and Vera Margaret (Schutz) Helget. Donna graduated from Hebron High School in 1944 and from Marymount College in Salina, Kansas in 1948. She taught school in Kansas and Nebraska before moving to Omaha in 1952.

Donna married Reynold Robert Maixner M.D. in 1954, and ultimately moved to Missouri Valley, Iowa in 1974 where they finished raising their five children. Donna was a dedicated mother and spouse. She worked primarily as a homemaker, enjoyed reading, and followed her favorite sports teams. Donna was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Vera Helget, her husband, Reynold R. Maixner M.D., her brother, Eugene K. Helget, and her daughter, Julie Margaret Allmon.

Survivors include her children: Joseph R. Maixner and wife Holly of Aptos, California, Daniel F. Maixner, M.D. and wife Susan of Ann Arbor, Michigan, David A. Maixner, D.D.S. and wife Rene of Omaha, Nebraska, and Christopher C. Maixner of Missouri Valley, Iowa;   sister: Marian H. and husband Anthony J. Romano of Omaha, Nebraska;   grandchildren: Teal & Coral Maixner of Aptos, CA, Sunnie Hoss of Missouri Valley, IA, Jared Hoss of Omaha, NE, Samantha & Jordan Allmon of Omaha, NE, Amelia, Cecelia, & Andrew Maixner of Ann Arbor, MI, Claudia, Matthew, & Andrea Maixner of Omaha, NE., many nieces, and nephews & four great grandchildren.

A Rosary will be said at 4:00 p.m. Sunday June 4th with visitation to follow until 6:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Missouri Valley.

The family invites everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship at the church following the burial service at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

In Loving Memory Of


Donna M. Maixner



August 17, 1926                                                                                                 Hebron, Nebraska


Entered Into Rest

May 30, 2017                                 Missouri Valley, Iowa


Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2017

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

Missouri Valley, Iowa


Celebrant                      Father Raphael Masabakhwa


Musician                                              Lyle Waterhouse


Vocal Selection

“Amazing Grace”                              “Whatsoever You Do”

“Bread of Life”                                               “Ave Maria”

“On Eagle’s Wings”


Casket Bearers

Joseph R. Maixner                                Daniel F. Maixner

David A. Maixner                          Christopher C. Maixner

Jared Hoss                                                  Jordan Allmon


Final Resting Place

Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery

Missouri Valley, Iowa





DESIDERATA Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

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