Donna Bernhardt

Donna Kaye Bernhardt, 70, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, passed away July 19, 2020. She was born December 14, 1949, to Mary and Charles Raby in La Plata, Maryland.

She is survived by her son Michael Smithng (Gina), granddaughter Jennifer Smith, brother Gary Whitlow (Tammy) and nephews Taylor and Trevor Whitlow. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Annette Whitlow, father, Charles Raby and sister, Deborah Ann Anderson.

Donna retired early from her career in accounting at Zurich NA, but always cherished the wonderful friendships from her time there. Donna loved dogs, especially Great Danes (Cherry and Dude) and adored the adventures of her grand-puppy, Maggie. Wielding a rapier wit; she won over most everyone she met with a quip and her brilliant smile.

She was learning to paint and loved spending time chatting with her son on the phone about nothing at all (sometimes about how to work the phone). You will always be in our hearts Mom.


Memorial Service

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, July 27, 2020, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 100 E. Red Bridge Road, Kansas City, Missouri.


Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Big Dogs Huge Paws or any Great Dane rescue of your choice in her name. 




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One Comment on “Donna Bernhardt”

  1. Judy Johnson Says:

    Donna was my neighbor. Talked to her Saturday morning at her door. My daughter had been sick and when I was telling Donna about her she gave me her Telephone number and said for Gwen to call her. Gwen talked to her for quite a while at six o’clock Saturday evening. They are close in age. Donna and I went on our Bus to Overland Park Market last year, fun trip. If I didn’t see Donna, I kept in touch through Linda. I am missing her a LOT!

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