December 27, 2019

DeAnna (Bruning) Jurgens

DeAnna was born April 4th, 1940 in Harvard, NE to Elmer and Electa Bruning. Following Harvard High School graduation in 1958 she attended Kearney State College. She never stopped learning throughout life, and achieved a PhD from UNL in 1985. DeAnna retired following 30 years with Lincoln Public Schools in 2004. She was very active serving her community through Optimist and Kiwanis Organizations, Project Linus, and numerous additional volunteer endeavors.

DeAnna was a beautiful, strong, independent woman who loved life. She enjoyed traveling, music festivals, adventure, and the outdoors.

DeAnna is preceded in death by her son Gregory and daughter Cynthia. She is survived by daughter Jennifer, to whom DeAnna meant the world, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

No flowers please. Memorials to Trendwood Park Improvements via

Join us to celebrate DeAnna’s life at 11:00 a.m. January 6, 2020, at Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln. A reception will follow the service.


  1. Jennifer,
    I am so sorry for your loss! Your mom was an amazing woman who raised 3 great kids! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this tough time
    Brenda Becker Frevik

  2. I am sorry for your loss she was very bright women. I am grateful that she was my sister in law. God bless you and give you comfort during this tough time.

  3. Jennifer, I am so sorry to hear this. She was a strong woman. And always cu) of life.

  4. Just learned of her passing. DeAnna was a classmate of mine at Harvard, Nebraska, with whom I graduated in 1958. She was always a very kind and bright woman. I had not seen her for many years, but I know that many others, including myself, will never forget her loving presence.
    Robert Brehm

  5. Dear Family of DeAnna,

    I am so sorry for your loss. DeAnna was a dear friend and classmate of mine from Kindergarten through High School graduation in 1958 from Harvard, Nebraska. She will be missed.

    Sincere condolences and prayers.

  6. Jennifer and DeAnna’s family

    DeLoris and I were so impressed with the celebration of life for DeAnna today.
    She was a wonderful friend at Harvard in our high school years. She truly
    lived a full and successful life. She will be missed greatly.

    Our condolences


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