Donna W. Harman

May 8, 2020
Harman, Donna


Private family graveside services will take place at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery, a recording of the service will be posted on the funeral home’s website following the service on Monday. First Presbyterian of Waterloo will play one of Donna’s favorite hymns on their carillon Wednesday, May 13, at noon. You may visit the church Facebook page at that time to hear the hymn and observe a moment of remembrance and prayer.



Waterloo Memorial Park


Friends who wish may direct memorials to:  Waterloo First Presbyterian Church, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, UNI Foundation, or ISU Foundation.


     Donna W. Harman, 94, of Waterloo, Iowa entered eternal Heaven on Friday, May 8, 2020.  Born on August 13, 1925 to Ernest Eugene and Florence Dorothy Besh Wheeler. Donna grew up in Waterloo and graduated from West High in 1943 and UNI with a BA in Childhood Education in 1947.

     Donna married Eldred J. Harman on June 24, 1950 at First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo; he died September 30, 2011.  Eldred and Donna have two children, James R. Harman of Clear Lake and Jayne (David) Hintz of Lowden.  They also have two grandchildren, Aaron Hintz and Fiancé, Jenny Valliere of Cedar Rapids and Sarah (Carson) Wells of Leland, North Carolina.

     Donna taught elementary school in Beloit, WI, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls, and Waterloo.  She was a pioneer in, and champion of, early childhood education.  Donna served on the UNI Foundation, the UNI Alumni Board, UNI College of Education Advisory Committee, and the Regents Center for Early Development Education Leadership Council.

     Donna and Eldred left a lasting impact on their community through their philanthropic generosity.  Together they established scholarships at UNI and veterinary scholarships at Iowa State University, loyally supported the UNI Foundation including the UNI Dome, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, and the McLeod Center.  They supported numerous initiatives in Waterloo and First Presbyterian Church, where Donna had been a member for 83 years. She also served as a deacon for the church.  Donna was a lifelong member of PEO Chapter KS.  Donna and Eldred enjoyed traveling and traveled all over the world together.  Donna also enjoyed reading, playing bridge, and spending time with her family.

     Donna is survived by her son, James; daughter, Jayne; and her grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Jane (Bob) Nagel of Denver‚ CO; sisters in law, Elaine Harman of Mason City, Iowa and Nadine Harman of Roseville, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers-in-law.

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  1. David Blake Willis | May 17, 2020
    Our Deepest Condolences on the Passing of Your Wonderful Mother Donna, Jim and Jayne... We were so sorry to read this news and remember Donna and your Dad Eldred fondly from your time in Perry when we were growing up.  I am sure I speak for all of us in the Willis Family, myself and my three sisters Mary, Rebecca, and Eliza, in conveying our sympathies and our prayers at this difficult time.
  2. Debbie Young | May 09, 2020

    Prayers go out to Jayne and all the family for God's blessing of comfort and peace in this time of sorrow.  Many virtual hugs to all of you.  


  3. Dr Jane Hasek | May 09, 2020

    our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Donna was a leader in the community. Enjoyed working with her on the Child Development Center at Allen College. She and Eldred were very supportive of Allen College. She and I were also sisters in P.E.O.  cherish your memories

    Dr Jane Hasek, Chancellor Emeritus Allen College

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