The Times West Virginian


April 9, 2014

Donna-Jean Liebhardt

Donna-Jean Liebhardt, 55, of White Hall, passed away Friday (April 4, 2014) at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

She was born Aug. 1, 1958, in Munich, Germany, third daughter of SFC Gerald E. Hofer and Gertrud M. (Jaeger) Hofer, both preceding her in death.

Donna is survived by her siblings, Georgia Hofer-Nimtz and Gerald E. Hofer, both of Beaver Dam, Wis., and Carol-Ann Hofer-Norfleet and her partner John Bassette of Phoenix, Ariz. She is also survived by her sons, Kyle A. Cayer and his fiancée Catherine Pellegrin of Fairmont, Nicholas Kelly Cayer of Vienna, Va., Zachary A. Cayer of Fairmont and her stepson Matthew R. Liebhardt of Fairmont; her husband of 17 years, Edward N. Liebhardt II of Fairmont; and her former spouse, Francis P. Cayer of Vienna, Va.

She graduated from high school in Beaver Dam, Wis., and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in international business and German. Donna served a distinguished career in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence officer, leaving the Army as a major to care for her sons. For the past 20 years she worked for Electronic Warfare Associates, Government Systems Inc. in Fairmont.

Donna loved animals and she will leave a void in the lives of her bassett hounds Henri and Etta, and also the felines that adopted her, Shadow, Night Knight, Oreo, Oppsie and Spaetze.

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. in Fairmont, from 4-8 p.m. Friday and noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. The service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Bishop Galen Hansen officiating. It was Donna’s wish to be cremated. She will be interred at a later date at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton with full military rites being performed at graveside.

Memorial donations may be made in Donna’s memory to the Marion County Humane Society No-Kill Shelter, PO Box 905, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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