Donna (VanOrnam) Milenkovich

Donna (VanOrnam) Milenkovich

April 5, 1932 – August 1, 2020


Donna Jean Baylor was born in Walthill, Nebraska on April 5, 1932 to Robert and Josephine (Tighe) Baylor.  She passsed on August 1, 2020.  She resided at Bickford senior living in Omaha, Nebraska.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Josephine Baylor; sister, Frances; brother-in-law, Ed Stepanek; brother, Jimmy Baylor and Brother, Bob Baylor.  Also preceded in death husband, Vernon W. VanOrnam; husband, Max L. VanOrnam; husband, John J Milenkovich; and Grandson, Aaron W. VanOrnam.

She is survived by her seven children: Kurt VanOrnam, Suzanne (Bill) Chatel, Tim (Diane) VanOrnam, Beth VanOrnam, Belinda Becker, Mark (Sabine) VanOrnam, and Joel R. VanOrnam.  She also is survived by twenty-three grandchildren: Kati Ashby, Jonathan (Aaron) Chatel, Elizabeth (Marshall) Canfield, Matthew (Darah) Chatel, Jordan (Catherine) VanOrnam, Graham (Ashley) VanOrnam, Peter (Amanda) VanOrnam, Madeleine VanOrnam, Joseph VanOrnam, Augustine VanOrnam, Max VanOrnam, Hilary Quinn, Jarrod (Tiffany) Quinn, Buzz Becker, Benjamin Becker, Baylor Becker, Bryce (Andrea) Becker, Brooke Becker, Mark (Makayla) VanOrnam, Patricia VanOrnam, Josh VanOrnam, Emily (Dan) Reno, Dillon (Cassandra) VanOrnam, Franco VanOrnam and Zoa VanOrnam; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and siblings: Kathleen Paris, Mike (Luanne) Baylor and Colleen (Don) Stephens.

The first Forty years Donna was called Mom and Aunt Donna.  The last Forty-eight years she was better known as Nana.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Wednesday, August 5th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, August 6th, 11am, Sacred Heart Catholic Church (2207 Wirt St.)  INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed by the family.  The family kindly requests guests wear a mask.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil, Mass and Graveside Service, go to our website and click the View Live Cast button on our homepage.







  • Neal, Cathy and the Stepanek family Posted August 2, 2020 3:21 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Don Novotny Posted August 3, 2020 7:26 am

    A wonderful person has gone on……

    • Scott Novotny Posted August 3, 2020 7:53 am

      We miss you Donna

  • Don Novotny Posted August 3, 2020 7:29 am

    A wonderful person has gone on…A vital part of our Redman circle families.

  • Scott Novotny Posted August 3, 2020 7:51 am

    I remember standing in the VanOrnam’s kitchen looking out the brand new glass door into the back yard thinking what a wonderful home Donna made for her family; many children , grand children, great grand children. For a person to have so many blessings is truly a testament to Gods eternal power and grace and all for His glory. Peace be with you.

  • diane anielak Posted August 3, 2020 10:39 am

    So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. It would so wonderful to connect with her again, after all these years, when she moved to Bickford. It was great watching my mom and your mom socialize! Mom sends her condolences as well.
    Diane Sandhoefner Anielak

  • Joyce Grotzinger Posted August 4, 2020 9:47 am

    Oh what a lady. We had so much fun together and she had such a great life with a wonderful family. She will be dearly missed. We will keep all of you in our prayers. Joyce and Pete Grotzinger

  • Mary Beisheim and Wally Hoppe Posted August 4, 2020 10:22 am

    My father and I enjoyed getting to know Donna at Bickford, and she certainly brought some smiles to everyone’s day. We wanted to send our condolences to your family and we wish you peace and fond memories during this difficult time.

  • Judy Genovesi Posted August 4, 2020 2:35 pm

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You are in are hearts and prayers. I would like to attend the mass. Let me know if that is okay..

  • Rick & Soni Grint Posted August 4, 2020 4:38 pm

    Nothing but fond childhood memories visiting Uncle Max and Aunt Donna’s and playing with all the cousins. She will be sorely missed and always remembered.

  • Cheyenne Wulff Posted August 4, 2020 6:03 pm

    So sorry to hear that Donna passed! As one of her caregivers, she brought sunshine to my days at work! She will be missed greatly!

  • Jeanette Korf Posted August 5, 2020 6:43 am

    Oh, Mom. You were an island on which I could safely land. Thank you for welcoming me.
    Love, Your Jaybird

  • Jim Spitsen Posted August 5, 2020 12:28 pm

    I will always have fond memories of Mrs. VO! To this day I measure all peach pies to the ones she made from scratch. Condolences and prayers to the family. She was definitely one of a kind.

  • Elaine (Boyles) Daubert Posted August 5, 2020 1:43 pm

    I have such fond childhood memories spending summers with my Nebraska/City (vs Country) friends. Donna was so full of life, treated me like one of the family and was such a wonderful cook. She and her whole family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Steve, Mary, Becky, & Zeb Stepanek and families Posted August 5, 2020 2:02 pm

    Aunt Donna held a special place in all of our hearts. Her always kind and caring ways have been a great influence for our family and will be greatly missed.

  • Mary Pat Raynor Posted August 5, 2020 6:59 pm

    Dear Beth and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. The loss of one’s Mother never quite goes away. I’m praying for you and holding you with love.

  • JoAnne Barnes Posted August 6, 2020 8:00 am

    Sorry for your loss VanOrnam family. I’ve known your family for a very long time and always enjoyed visiting with your Mom. God bless.

  • Noma and Merle Gier Posted August 6, 2020 12:05 pm

    We’re so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of your mother, of working with her at Weight Watchers, tasting her fabulous food, enjoying gatherings at her home with you and Max. She was a special part of my life and she will be missed.

  • Kim Johnson Posted August 6, 2020 2:50 pm

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of Mom Vanornam. I had a lot of fun at the house. There was always something going on. Music all the time. She will be greatly missed. You are all in my prayers.

  • Jordin (Kocsis) Ward Posted August 6, 2020 5:32 pm

    My heart and prayers are with the whole family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have known Donna my whole entire life and grew up down the street and basically living at my grandmas house next door. There’s not a childhood memory I don’t have without her in it. My heart is with you all.

  • Cindy Allen Posted August 6, 2020 8:58 pm

    Donna made my time at Bickford a blessing. Always helping others & with a smile. She is dancing in heaven.

  • Judi Hausman Posted August 18, 2020 12:38 pm

    What a wonderful friend and inspiration to me. I will miss her very much. I’m so sorry for her family and
    share their loss.

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