Dona Mae Wichman

F, #158, b. 15 August 1933, d. 1 February 2011
2nd cousin of Sheila Sue Altenbernd
Father*Albert D. Wichman1 b. 27 February 1905, d. 18 January 1993
Mother*Helen Amelia Altenbernd1 b. 20 August 1910, d. 28 September 1992
     Dona was born in Topeka, Kansas, USA, on 15 August 1933.1 She was the daughter of Albert D. Wichman and Helen Amelia Altenbernd.1 Dona Mae Wichman was ill with mental retardation; Dona is mentally retarded.
     The following information is from the records of John Altenbernd.

Dona is retarded, a few years younger than I. Dona does well with her limitations, and she is pleasant to be around. She enjoys doing handwork stitching which she does very well. She lives with her parents (1983).

End of information from John Altenbernd

Dona is mentally retarded, but is very perceptive in limited ways. When shopping with Vianne last Christmas (1991), she decided to buy a toaster. When Vi inquired as to why she needed the toaster she replied that soon she would need a place of her own and she needed to plan ahead. Dona understands that her parents aren't well and at some point she will need to make arrangements to live on her own. Dona provides a lot of comfort to her parents and helps to care for them. When Helen was in the hospital, Norma would come over in the morning and lay out Al's medicine for the day. Dona would see that he took the right group of pills at the right time.

Dona moved in with her sister Norma for awhile after her parents death. She later moved to her own apartment in a supervised housing complex.

     Dona Mae makes latchwork rugs. Dona Mae's is a Jayhawks fan and keeps a pennant in her room.2
     Dona died on 1 February 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA, at age 77.1
     Her obituary was published on the Lawrence Journal World, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA, on 2 February 2011
Dona Mae Wichman 1933-2011 Eudora
Funeral services for Dona Mae Wichman, 77, Eudora, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary -- Eudora Chapel. Burial will follow at Eudora Cemetery.

Ms. Wichman died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Aug. 15, 1933, in Topeka, the daughter of Albert D. and Helen A. Altenbernd Wichman.

She was a homemake. She enjoyed cross-stitching and making hand-piece quilts. She was an avid KU sports fan and was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Eudora.

As a youth, she was active in 4-H and won state recognition with her cross-stitched quilts.

Survivors include her sister, Norma Schmille, Lawrence; a niece, ViAnn Deathe, Lawrence; a nephew, Victor L. Schmille, Lawrence; three great-nieces, two great-nephews; and one great-great-niece. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. The family will greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time Monday at the mortuary in Eudora. The family suggests memorials to the Kansas Special Olympics, sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 12th St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

Online condolences may be sent at
Her funeral was on 7 February 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary - Eudora Chapel, 120 West 12th Street, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA.1
Last Edited=3 June 2011


  1. [S477] Dona Mae Wichman Obituary, Lawrence Journal World, Lawrence, Kansas, February 2, 2011, on June 2, 2011 . Hereinafter cited as Lawrence Journal World.
  2. [S194] Norma Wichman unknown date.

Compiler: Sheila Altenbernd
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