September 15, 2019

Dona G. Emerson

Died June 4, 2019

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Dona G. Emerson, 90, passed away June 4, 2019, in Alger. She was a resident of Mills Township for 30 years, formerly of Plymouth.

Dona was born Oct. 5, 1928, at the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota. She was an American Indian boarding school survivor and graduate of Plymouth High School, and previously worked as a bookkeeper. Dona recently retired from her position as Mills Township treasurer, which she held for 27 years.

From spotting the first robin of spring to golfing and gardening all summer, deer hunting in the fall, and sledding and ice skating in the winter, Dona enjoyed all the wonders of God’s creation. She was proud of her Native American heritage and culture, which is rooted in nature.

Children were her joy. She took pride in the accomplishments of each of her eight children, 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Dona was born to a baseball-playing family. Her father was a pitcher and manager, and her brothers and sisters were awesome athletes.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She played cards, especially euchre, and she played to win.

She was an avid sports fan, cheering on the college football teams of her home state and in hockey, the Detroit Red Wings. She would interact with the games on TV, and it seemed as if they heard her hundreds of miles away.

Surviving her are her children, Wanda Thorburn, Geo Fuhst, David (Helen) Fuhst and Charles (Rene) Fuhst, all of Michigan, and Mary Moore of Mills Township; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings; two daughters, Cheryl L. Lewis and Karen A. Rossi; and one son, Frederick Anthony Fuhst.

A private memorial for family and friends will be held at a later date.

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