Madonna Rae "Donna" Hentrich

  • Born: August 31, 1946
  • Died: July 28, 2017
  • Location: Dubuque, Iowa

Behr's Funeral Home

1491 Main Street
(563) 582-3297
Dubuque, IA 52001
Tel. (563) 582-3297

Tribute & Message From The Family

Madonna Rae "Donna" Hentrich, age 70, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:28 p.m., on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, August 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Donna was born on August 31, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Shirley (Gable) Shireman.

Donna was proud to have grown up right here in God's country. She would eventually meet her true love, Terry Hentrich, and the two would be united in marriage on April 29, 1967. The couple was blessed with 17 years together, and 4 wonderful children, before Terry was called home ahead of her on May 23, 1984. Donna was a diligent and hard worker who earnestly used her talents as an office secretary; first with Overhead Door in Rockford, then onto Farmers Insurance, H&R Block, Lane Bryant, before finally retiring from Swiss Colony. Donna's faith was very important to her and was clearly visible through her long-time, and faithful membership to Sacred Heart Church. She also enjoyed gathering in fellowship around the card table, or with some dice in her hands, with her countless friends at Sunnycrest and Ennoble Manor over the past years. Donna was naturally gifted and quite artistic; patiently creating unique crafts throughout her days, not to mention her favorite hobby of painting on velvet, which were joyfully found to be prize worthy by the Dubuque County Fair judges. Donna has surely left an absolutely positive imprint on the world she has journeyed through over these last 70 years. The memories of this beautiful soul which remain are abundant, and will truly help to ease the pain and sorrow which quickly arrived due to her sudden absence. Thankfully, all who knew and loved Donna will be able to treasure the legacy of her loving friendship for now, and rejoice, again one day, when we are all reunited forever on her eternal dance floor with the greatest live music ever playing behind us.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include

Tammie (Tim) Vondran, Palm Bay, FL,
Pamela (Jeff) Heiderscheit, Peosta, IA,
Dawn Pollock, Dubuque, IA
Robert Hentrich, Dubuque, IA;

6 grandchildren,
Ashley, Austin, Cadalina, Abby, Holly and Aubrey;

and 3 great-grandchildren,
Giavonna, Kody and Ethan.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Terry Hentrich; and 3 brothers in infancy.

A Madonna Rae "Donna" Hentrich memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Donna's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional and loving care of Donna, and her family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

RIP Sweet Donna Rae. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time

Posted by Randy Sprague - Dubuque, IA - Friend   August 04, 2017

Sending my deepest sympothy for loss of Donna she was a awesome woman! Your on my thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Wendy Dole - Dubuque, IA - Family Friend   August 03, 2017

Love and prayers to the family.

Posted by Daniel Vondran - Elm Springs, AR - Friend   August 02, 2017

I've only known Donna Rae for two years while visiting my family member at Sunnycrest Manor. Early in the days that my sister began residency at Sunnycrest, Donna Rae has been a most welcoming, warm and caring big-sister presence to us. She was mother, sister, caring friend to all. As one member of the Sunnycrest family, Donna Rae helped nurture the sense of family among all residents, staff and visitors. My favorite memory of her is in the coffee nook after a meal time when she enjoyed a game of dice or Euchre with others and made anyone around feel so comfortable and part of the gathering even if they weren't "in the game." I think that this is because Donna Rae always left a piece of her heart wherever and with whomever she was. I am so glad I got to meet her and know her for these two years. God bless her eternally in His bosom of love.

Posted by Sister Beth Kress - Dubuque, IA - Friend   August 02, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the family right now so sorry for ur loss

Posted by Candy Ingles - Dubuque, IA - Friend   August 02, 2017

So very sorry for your loss. Donna was a great, kind and loving woman to myself and my children. I have many happy memories with her and I pray the family will find comfort in theirs. She was a very special woman and will be dearly missed.

Posted by Joy Jager - Ryan, IA - Friend   August 02, 2017

What a great person Donna Rae was. she was loved by my family and will be greatly missed, her ability to fill a room with love and kindness will be forever missed.

Posted by Dani Kelly - Monticello, GA - Friend   August 02, 2017


I was sad to read that Donna had passed away. Just wanted to say that Donna befriended my Dad (Leo Cox) when he became a resident of Ennoble Manor. She was a good friend to my Dad and he talked kindly of her. We visited often with Donna when at Ennoble to see Dad. They were usually in a fierce card game...and we enjoyed Donnas company. We missed Donna when she moved out of Ennoble. Dad was declining by the time she moved. We missed seeing her and thought of her often. She was a beautiful person and we were lucky to have known her. We're so sorry for your loss. ....Debbie and John

Posted by Debbie and John Gosen - Dyersville, IA - Friend   August 01, 2017

So sorry for your loss, i have so many great memories, she will be truly missed

Posted by chris voss - Dubuque, IA - Family Friend   August 01, 2017

Donna was like a second mom to me when I was young, she always told me we where Birthday twins (same day) Thoughts and prayers with such a great family!!❤

Posted by Jenny Kelly - Dubuque, IA - Family Friend   August 01, 2017

So.many many memories,...the plastic spider in my spagettios!!All the wonderful fpod she could cook, sweet treats and her chili!! I remember she would just hug me and call me her little peanut. I loved her so very much. Sending my love to her all the way up to heaven. Sending my love strength and prayers to all the family, who I know as my family. I will miss you Aunt Donna.

Posted by Sherri Snyder - North Port, FL - Friend   August 01, 2017

I met Donna and the Hentrich family when I was five years old. I do not have a childhood memory without one of the family members in it. Donna would babysit me after school and taught me many life lessons, she was my second mom. I would run to her house every day to watch General Hospital with her, to this day I am still stuck on this soap opera and when I watch it those memories always come back to me. I think that is why I still watch General Hospital.
My husband and children were fortunate to know Donna as well. She will always be in our hearts. There are no cards or words that can express my sorrow, respect or love that I have for Donna. She was a beautiful lady inside and out.

Posted by Deana Gettig - West Palm Beach, FL - Family   August 01, 2017

I'll never forget the late nite cook puts and playing cards into the early morning .she was a good friend

Posted by Vickie Pluemer - Dubuque, IA - Friend   August 01, 2017

RIP, my friend. So many happy memories over the years, you will be sadly missed

Posted by Katie Loeffelholz - Machesney Park, IL - Family Friend   August 01, 2017

Donna always had a smile on her face. She was a social butterfly. Donna was always willing to help someone when they needed it. She loved to talk about her children and grandchildren. She was always proud of her family.

Posted by Kristi Trowbridge - Dubuque, IA - Family Friend   August 01, 2017

Very sorry for the loss of your mom. It was a pleasure to have known her and you kids while living on Badger road. She was a good woman. Condolences to you all.

Posted by mike kamm` - lansing, IA - Friend   August 01, 2017

Donna Rae was one of a kind! She will be missed by many at Sunnycrest.

Posted by Ginny Manemann - Dubuque, IA - Friend   August 01, 2017