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Donna Rae Cole, 95, of O'Neill, formerly of Emmet, died peacefully on Friday, April 7, 2023 at the Good Samaritan Society in Atkinson with her family by her side.

Visitation will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2023 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill with a 7 p.m. parish rosary.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2023 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill.

Burial will be in the O'Neil Cemetery in O'Neill.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Donna was born on June 13, 1927 in Atkinson to Arthur and Elsie (Skrdla) Humpal. She attended Atkinson schools. Donna was very active, as she was the head majorette of the marching band and she also earned her pilot's license before she received her driver's license which she was very proud of and had great memories of flying her father's J-3 Piper Cub. Donna graduated from Atkinson High School in 1945. 

After high school, Donna attended beauty school in Omaha. She then returned to O'Neill and opened her own shop, Donna's Beauty Shop. 

Donna met Bob Cole at the O'Neill Airport and they later married in 1949 in Fairfax, SD. To this union four children were born Jack, Chip, Pat and Michele. The couple made their home in O'Neill for a time before they moved to Emmet in 1950. Donna continued to run her successful beauty shop out of her house in Emmet for many years. 

Donna loved to golf, paint China, pictures, keepsakes and collecting many antique treasures. She was also a China painting instructor and she taught many people to paint. 

Beginning in 1965, she and Bob began to travel to Brownsville, Texas each winter. 

She loved spending time at the lake with her family. Donna was a great water skier and she taught all of her children to ski. At the age of 60, she even went parasailing and learned to snow ski.

Donna was a member of the O'Neill Golf Club, the Antique Club, China painting clubs, Ranchland Art Group, St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters.

Donna is survived by her four children Jack (Christie) Cole of O'Neill, Chip (Diane) Cole of Emmet, Pat (Cindy) Cole of O'Neill and Michele (Gerrit) Juffer of Wagner, SD; 11 grandchildren Kylie (Rob) Zakrzewski, Tyson (Holly) Cole, Matt (Sara) Cole, Mike (Jessica) Cole, Shane (Morgan) Cole, Ashley (Brit) Newbill, Tyler (Jessica) Cole, Connor Cole, Jacqueline Juffer, Kathleen Juffer and Sidney Juffer; 18 great-grandchildren Cole, Reed, Isla, Zara Rae, Evan, Camryn, Cooper, Zane, Olivia, Declan, Remington, Lane, Avery, Katie, Carter, Karley Ann, Casers and Keaton; one sister Marilyn (Frank) Schaaf of Atkinson; one sister-in-law Lois Schaffer of O'Neill; one brother-in-law Mike Smith of Gordon; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bob in 2009 and one sister Kathleen Mosher.    

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