Donna Rae M. (Peterson) Hatch, age 92, of Harrison, Nebraska passed away peacefully, Monday, October 24, 2022, at Genoa Long Term Care, Genoa, Nebraska.
Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. (mst) Saturday, October 29, at the Church of the Nativity in Harrison. The Visitation will be Friday, October 28, from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at the church.
Donna Rae Hatch was born on June 28, 1930, in Longmont, Colorado, to Edgar L. and Agnes R. (Kennedy) Peterson. She was the only child of this union. After moving back to Nebraska Edgar, Agnes and Donna Rae became residents again of Amelia, Nebraska (Holt County). Donna Rae attended county school and finished High School at Atkinson Public School. She then went on to college and received a Bachelor of Education from Wayne State College. Her first teaching assignment was at Lexington Public Schools.
During her time there she met a young farmer. Donna Rae and Wilford N. Hatch were united in marriage on August 22, 1956, in Amelia. After the honeymoon, Donna Rae started teaching in Colorado while Wilford was attending college in Fort Collins.
After Wilford graduated, Donna Rae stopped teaching to stay home and raise their son, Edgar.
Five years later Donna Rae had their second child, Suzanne. As the children grew up, Donna Rae would work for the county clerk, working at election time. She enjoyed this work and was known for her small perfect penmanship. She was hired by the state and the county working with many wonderful people throughout the years. After many faithful years working at the courthouse, Donna Rae retired. She enjoyed the coffee group at the Sioux Sundries and the Harrison House, and her many friends, especially Dorothy Wickersham and Irene Richey.
When she was 84, her dementia had increased and it led to her being admitted to Genoa LTC, in Genoa, Nebraska where she spent the last 8 years.
She was a member of the Church of the Nativity and the Rosary Altar Society. She had played the organ for several years for the church. She enjoyed reading, playing cards (pinochle and pitch), scratch tickets, Husker football and the Statler Bros.
She is preceded in death by: Loving Husband of 35 years: Wilford N. Hatch
Grandson: Augustine Louis Czarnick; Parents: Edgar L. and Agnes R. Peterson In-Laws: Bennie L. and Mabel Hatch; Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law: Verl and Kathie Hatch Sister-in-law: Ruth Hatch; Brother-in-law: Earl Ballard Brother-in-law:Joe Glenn
She is survived by: Son: Edgar N. Hatch of Harrison, Nebraska; Daughter: Suzanne M. (Shane) Czarnick of Genoa, Nebraska; Grandson: Zachariah (Shelby) Czarnick, of Genoa, Nebraska;
Great-Granddaughters: Analeis Hatch Czarnick and Emma Lou Czarnick; Grandson: Nicholas (fiance Chelsea) Czarnick of Genoa, Nebraska; Grandson: Samuel Czarnick of Genoa, Nebraska; Granddaughter: Mary (fiance Ryan) Czarnick of Genoa, Nebraska; Grandson: Jacob Czarnick of Genoa, Nebraska Brothe·r-in-law: Virgil Hatch of Alliance, Nebraska; Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law: Max and Carol Dreier of Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sister-in-law: Dorothy Glenn of Lexington, Nebraska; Many nieces and nephews.