Dona Mae M. Kuenning

  • Born: December 12, 1929
  • Died: February 16, 2015
  • Location: New Bremen, Ohio

Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home

225 W. Monroe Street
New Bremen, OH 45869

Tel. (419) 629-2147

Tribute & Message From The Family


of New Bremen, OH, died on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 6:05 P.M. at the Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen. She was born on December 12, 1929 in New Bremen the daughter, and only child of the late Harold and Alfa Mae (Coble) Speckman. On October 2, 1948 she married Stanley A. Kuenning who survives in New Bremen. Also surviving are their sons, Tim & Marilyn Kuenning and Scott & Linda Kuenning, both of New Bremen, seven grandsons Mack & Jill, Luke & Amanda, Greg & Heather, Lee & Kendra, Andrew & Lindsey, Rob & Jackie, and Jeffery & Kelsey, fourteen great-grandchildren Kole, Reece, Nolan, Halle, Reid, Josie, Jack, Sam, Summer, Gwen, Addison, Spencer, Julia, and Mason, in-laws Frank & Jeanne Kuenning of New Bremen and JoAlice & Jim Nieter of Sun City, FL.

Dona Mae was a life-long and active member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen. For many years she was a Sunday school teacher, and superintendent, an Elder of the church, sang in the church choir, and occasionally played the organ. She was active the New Bremen Local Schools where she was involved with the PTA, putting on several plays and musicals, and was the first female elected to the New Bremen School Board of Education in 1968. She worked at the former STAMCO of New Bremen for several years, and played on the STAMCO girls' softball team. In 1953, Stanley and Dona Mae bought the Western Ohio Hardware, and she helped to run the store for many years. She specialized in mixing paints and keeping the store neat and tidy. In 1955, she was awarded Ohio Hardware Woman of the Year. She was the New Bremen Village Treasurer for a number of years, was a member of the New Bremen OCCL, the St. Marys Soroptimist Club, a member of several card circles, loved music, and was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Paul United Church of Christ with the Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 3:00 until 8:00 PM at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul U.C.C. Window Restoration Fund, or the New Bremen Historic Association. Condolences to the Kuenning family may be left at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dona Mae did all she could to help me feel at home in New Bremen when I came to St.Paul United Church of Christ as an Interim Pastor. We clicked almost iy. Her accomplishments as a leader in the community, church, and business world , as great as they were, pale in comparison to her ability to reach out on a personal level to people like me. She and Stan welcomed us to their home many times and there is no woman who could be prouder of her family than Dona Mae. Over the years we lost touch with each other, but those warm memories endure. I am so grateful to Dot Koeper for sending me her obituary.

Posted by Jeane Spoor - Charleston, SC - friend, former minister   March 02, 2015

Stan, Tim, Scott and families,

Rod and I are so sorry to hear of Dona Mae's passing. She was a beautiful person with always a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed.
Please accept our sympathy and our prayers.

Rod and Marlene

Posted by Rod and Marlene Klose - New Bremen, OH - friends   February 20, 2015

Kuenning family- I am so sorry to hear about Dona Mae-she will be sorely missed by everyone. Stan, I am comforted to know you have so much family there for you in this difficult time. God Bless you .
John Gillman

Posted by John Gillman - hamilton, OH - vendor   February 20, 2015

My prayers go out to Stanley and family of the loss of such a beautiful person. I do know that heaven has gained a very special angel.

Posted by Paul Skikus - MINSTER, OH - Employee   February 20, 2015

In 2009, Linda, Janet and uncle Warren and I were welcomed into their home when we visited New Bremen. She and Stan were always so welcoming and I have many fond memories of visiting them when I was young and would go to New Bremen with my Dad, Lawson Speckman. My condolences to all the family. She was a dear person. Sincerest sympathy.

Posted by Lacheta Jane Speckman Garcia - Greensboro, NC - 2nd cousin (Daughter of Lawson   February 18, 2015

Tim, Marilyn and family,
My heartfelt sorrow goes out to all of you on the loss of this special family member. Knowing that she is in a much better place should help bring some comfort to all of you during this time of sorrow. God Bless all of you!

Mike Wood

Posted by Michael Wood - Delaware, OH - friend of Tim and Marilyn   February 18, 2015

Stan, Tim, Scott and Families; My sincere condolences to you all for the loss of one so loved. May the good memories be comforting now and always.

Posted by Marilyn Sommer - New Bremen, OH   February 18, 2015


Dear Kuenning Family,

Our hearts are weighing heavy this evening, as we accept this news. Dona Mae was such a delight whenever we would enter the stores, over the years. First on Monroe Street, and later on St. Rt. 66.

The picture we are looking at, is the smile we will always remember. Her cheery greetings, were always a welcoming sight. She will be missed by all that knew her. May she now..... R.I.P..

Your Friends,
Mark & Terri

Posted by Mark & Terri Doenges - Wapakoneta, OH - Friends Of The Family   February 18, 2015

Luke and Amanda,

You have our prayers and sympathy .

Posted by Steve and Patti Hennessey - Coldwater, OH - Friends   February 18, 2015

Stan, Tim, Scott and Families:
We know your hearts are feeling heavy. Dona Mae was a wonderful woman with passion and drive. Remembering her from the Minster store brings smiles! Each day passing may your hearts feel lighter until only the sweet memories remain to comfort you all. God Bless! With Our Love,
Therese & Steve Fledderjohn and Family

Posted by Therese and Steve Fledderjohn - West Chester, OH   February 17, 2015