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Dona-Rose K. Hackerott

Dona-Rose K. Hackerott Dona-Rose Katherin Hackerott, 81, of Manhattan, Kansas, died peacefully on April 15, 2013, at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. Born September 12, 1931, in Ogden, Kansas, she is predeceased by her parents, Walter L. Hewes and Laverne J. Allen, step-father Manuel J. Novak, and triplet children, two boys and one girl, born and deceased in December 1961. She was married to Fredrick William Hackerott on April 10, 1959, at First Lutheran Church in Manhattan.

Dona-Rose was a homemaker and mother. Blind from the age of 12, she acquired Tawny, her first Seeing Eye dog, in 1973. Her partnership with Tawny opened a whole new world of independence for her. She began attending psychology classes at Kansas State University as a "non-traditional" student. Always active in local and State associations for the blind, she worked especially hard to pave the way for other blind individuals with dog guides. Always seeking a new and stimulating endeavor, she acquired her license as a ham radio operator in 1993 and quickly became the Net Controller of a Tuesday night "net."

Her many creative endeavors included caning chairs, hooking rugs, knitting, and especially crocheting. Her creative interests led her to found Crafty Seniors +, a group of local artists and craftspeople, still active today. Up until the date of her death, she regularly crocheted lap robes to donate to residents of local nursing homes. Her passion for crocheting turned into a small cottage industry of sorts, and for many years she was affectionately referred to by the nickname of "the poop-duck lady." A strong and creative spirit, unfailingly cheerful, patient and tolerant; a strong, wise, and always-loving mother; a true-blue friend with a ridiculously huge silly streak; a compassionate and interested listener who never judged; a lover of animals, hot-fudge sundaes, and dance-skating. She loved to laugh, she loved her family, she loved her dog(s). She had the utmost faith in her God. Her highest and constant wish always, that her family and her friends be happy.

Dona-Rose is survived by her husband, Fredrick (of the home); her sons Gary (Linda) Grubbs, Michael (Donna King) Moore, Lonny (Jean) Moore; and daughter Jody (Art) Gibney; brothers Buck (Kay) Hewes, Dean (Debbie) Hewes, Bobby (Barb) Hewes, Eugene Hewes; and sister Sheila (Richard) Johnston; grandchildren Brandon (Dawn-Marie) Grubbs, Michelle (Ryan) Markvicka, David (Jessica) Wakefield, Lonny Moore, Jr., as well as seven great-grandchildren and many close friends.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Good Shepherd Hospice House and its many lovely and kind staff for their care and support in her final days. In lieu of flowers, Dona-Rose has requested that donations be made to Second Chance Animal Refuge Society, P.O. Box 22, Auburn, KS 66402. Donations may also be made in Dona-Rose's name to Kansas Specialty Service Dogs, 124 W. 7th Street, Washington, Kansas 66968.

Please bring your best Dona-Rose stories (and maybe even your poop-ducks), wear your brightest colors and your biggest smiles, and join the family in a celebration of Dona-Rose's life at First Lutheran Church, 930 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, on Monday, May 13, 2013, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.; inurnment to follow at the Columbarium Wall at the Veterans Cemetery, 5181 Wildcat Creek Rd., Manhattan.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502 is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.

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