ElDonna Celia Jager, 90, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2022, of natural causes, surrounded by her family.

ElDonna was born on October 11, 1931, to Edward and Alma Sodmann in Humboldt, Nebraska. After graduating from Peru State College, she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in Nebraska for seven years. She then moved to Wichita, Kansas, where she worked for Graybar Electric.

In Wichita she met and fell in love with Peter Jager. They married on June 6, 1956, in Nebraska and then moved to Peter’s hometown in Michigan where they had two sons, Perry and Jerry. Soon they decided the Michigan winters were too harsh. They saw an article in the Banner about a pastor, Reverend Al Haan, who was starting a new Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. ElDonna had spent two weeks in Estes Park at a youth camp and loved Colorado. They reached out to Reverend Haan and he very much wanted them to come to Colorado. They were CRC members and started attending in Colorado Springs as soon as they arrived.

Once settled in Colorado, they had two daughters, Sherry and Carrie.

ElDonna was a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter Carrie Lynn Muse, 58, of Colorado, her older sister LeAnna Frank and brother in-law Loraine Frank of Nebraska, and brother in-laws Herbert Stutheit and Dalen Kracke.

ElDonna is survived by her husband of 66 years, Peter Jager; sons Perry Lee Jager (Barbara Dwyer) and Jerry Dee Jager (Linette Cobb); daughter Sherry Bea Wohlford (Thomas Wohlford); granddaughter Rachael Ann Bower (Brian Bower) and great-great-grandson Lincoln Bower, along with many children and grandchildren she claimed, albeit unofficially, and loved dearly.

Services of Remembrance and Celebration were held at Cragmor Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, September 24. Burial followed on Thursday, September 29, at Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Pikes Peak Hospice.

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