Donna R. Hansen

Donna R. Hansen

September 13, 1934 – November 12, 2022

Donna Rae (Givens) Hansen was born in Omaha on September 13, 1934, and passed away on November 12, 2022. Donna was a devout Catholic her entire life. She was proud of her volunteer position as Secretary/Treasurer at St. Mary Magdalene.

Donna had 3 brothers, Robert Gerald Givens, Edward Francis Givens, and John S Givens from California (her only surviving sibling). Donna enjoyed spending time and talking with her 21 first cousins, 60-second cousins, and her nieces and nephews. This was made possible during family reunions held in Las Vegas and Carter Lake, where between 30-300 relatives shared laughs, stories, and smiles.

Donna lived her entire life in Omaha, where she met and married her late husband, Johnny. During their early married years, they lived in East Omaha. Around 1965, the now Eppley Airfield bought all of those homes, so they relocated to the UNO area. After John’s death, Donna spent years in an apartment on 50th & F. She located 4 years ago to Notre Dame unassisted living and then to Azria Montclaire once she needed assistance with daily life. She befriended all who knew her, wherever she was.

Donna and Johnny were both employed by Brandeis department store for over 40 years. Later in life, Donna worked as a supervisor at First National Bank. There she became proficient with computers, where she had to balance daily to the penny and not leave until she did. She also did a stint in the 60s-70s selling Aksarben Selected Horse Sheets for the gamblers to pick their winners (her favorite picks were horses with double letters in their names).

Donna and Johnny loved their two weeks off each summer and would typically head to Las Vegas, where they would endure the heat and walk everywhere. They also loved “Big Red” as well as all other local sports teams. For decades they were season ticket holders to the CWS.

Over time, Donna and Johnny collected Santas, which they proudly displayed each year. They would open their home for people to tour and admire their collection.

Donna will be greatly missed by one and all for her sense of humor, her big smile, and her laugh that filled the room.

 VISITATION: Wednesday, November 16th, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, November 17th, at 10am at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 109 S. 19th St., at 10am.  Interment, Hillcrest Memorial Park.

To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • William Oldenburg Posted November 15, 2022 6:45 am

    I worked with Donna for many years at First National Bank of Omaha, Merchant Division. She taught me so much about accounting, but also about doing things the ‘right way’. “Taking a short cut is only a short cut to future problems”.
    I did enjoy her Santa collection.
    She had a great laugh.

  • Soozie Syslo Posted April 10, 2023 6:47 pm

    You will be missed Donna. Love you dearly.

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