Obituary: Donna L. Nei

Nov. 25, 1946 – July 2, 2019

Donna L. Nei, age 72, a resident of Thornton, Colorado, died at her home. She was born in Ellinwood, Kansas, to Emil and Betty Scheufler. She graduated in 1964 from Ellinwood High School and in 1968 from Sterling College, in Sterling, Kansas, with a bachelor of arts in education. Donna’s first teaching assignment was in Adams County, Colorado. She started in second grade and moved to sixth for most of her 30 teaching years. She especially enjoyed the outdoor-education experiences with her sixth-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 were held on Monday, July 8, at Crossroads Church in Northglenn, Colorado.

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

Horan & McConaty Cremation, Burial and Pre-Planning in Colorado is assisting the Nei family. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Donna can be shared through her tribute pages at or


Tru Community Care Hospice

2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette CO 80026

Tel: 303-926-4743


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