Donna (Brennan) Laferriere

Donna (Brennan) Laferriere

July 29, 1935 – January 3, 2024


Donna (Brennan) Laferriere (88), passed away on January 3, 2024, surrounded by family.  She was born on July 29, 1935, to Levi (Pat) and Alice (Donohue) Brennan in Obert, Nebraska. She married Martin Laferriere in Sioux City Iowa, on January 4, 1954.

Donna lived a life filled with love, compassion, and joy. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt. Her love and dedication to her family was the center of her existence. She created a home filled with warmth, laughter, tradition, unwavering support, and a just bit of chaos with seven children.

In addition to raising her family, Donna co-owned Orange Julius and Dairy Queen with her husband and oldest son Ray. She enjoyed wildlife, gardening, cooking, and baking.

Donna will be remembered for her love of Big Red Football and all things Irish.  She touched all fortunate enough to know her with love, strength, and generosity; Her legacy will forever be held in our hearts.

She is survived by her children Raymond Laferriere (Susan), Martie Laferriere Gunter, Toni Laferriere Bunts, Timothy Laferriere (Penny), Thomas Laferriere, and Laura Laferriere Kempston (David). Her grandchildren Jason Laferriere (Jill), Nicholas Laferriere  (Lisa), Justin Laferriere, Jamie Gunter, Daniel Gunter, Tyler Laferriere (Travis), Joseph Bunts (Caitlin), Mitchell Laferriere (Brooke), Sara Bunts (Phillip), 6 great-grandchildren, along with sisters Pat (Brennan) Sims and Sheila (Brennan) Shepherd to cherish her memory. She was predeceased by her husband, Martin Laferriere, son, Richard Laferriere, parents Pat and Alice Brennan, sister Mary (Brennan) Miller, and other loved ones.

A visitation with Rosary will be held on January 11, 2024, from 5 to 7 pm at Heafey, Hoffman, Dworak 7805 W Center Rd.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, by her Nephew, Father Todd Shepherd, on January 12, 2024, at 1 pm in the Chapel, located at New Cassel Retirement Center, 900 N. 90th Street.

The family kindly requests that donations be made to the New Cassel Foundation in Donna Laferriere’s honor.

Your presence and support during this difficult time are deeply appreciated.

Condolences and memories may be shared on website.

May Donna’s soul rest in peace, and may her memory continue to bring comfort to those who loved her.



  • ALICIA ZYCH Posted January 8, 2024 3:12 pm

    Laura and Family – My heartfelt condolences ! This truly saddens me since we have just talked about her @ Christmas time! Sending hugs and prayers!

  • Sunshine Trott Posted January 8, 2024 4:36 pm

    All my hugs and prayers are going out to you and your family. You have shared so many stories about your mom over the years and your love for her was always present. You were blessed with a strong bond that cannot be broken.

  • Elizabeth Wichman Posted January 9, 2024 12:17 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Susan and Ray’s family. Donna was a wonderful person and I will miss her. She is happy now as she has reunited with Martin. In your sadness remember all the memories she shared with all of you. She would want you to be happy for she is with your dad I love ❤️ all of you and sending many Hugs 🫂

  • Nancy Klement Posted January 11, 2024 8:31 am

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother, grandmother and friend. She always greeted me with a smile and will be fondly remembered. Much love and hugs!

  • Rick & Christine Griencewic Posted January 11, 2024 5:54 pm

    Sending our love to you from Houston and apologies for not be able to attend in person. Aunt Donna was such a big part of our lives. So many wonderful and fun memories. She will be truly missed.

  • Lynn Brennan Posted January 13, 2024 3:47 pm

    Condolences to the entire family of Donna. She inherited that true pioneer spirit that was such a foundation of our great nation, As first cousins, we shared in that wholesome, Midwest upbringing, and particularly in the warmth and strength of our grandparents, Thomas and Anna Christina Brennan. God Bless and keep all.

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