Heaven received another angel when Donna C. Sawicki, age 90, of Gaylord, passed away at home on May 5, 2019.

Donna was born in Detroit, August 12, 1928, to Robert and Evelyn (Louks) Lytle.  She married Richard Sawicki on November 8, 1947.  Together they raised five children and were married 63 years prior to Rich’s passing in 2010.

Donna graduated from Utica High School in 1945 and while living in Utica, Michigan she taught sewing for the Utica Community Schools and later worked for attorney, Fred H. Beck.  Donna and her family moved to Gaylord, in 1973 and opened the Sausage Chalet (deli). Donna also worked at an abstract office and as a deputy clerk for Otsego County.  After retirement from the county, she worked for the law office of John Dennany and volunteered her time during elections.  She loved to paint, crochet, cook, read, watch John Wayne movies or any classic movie, wildlife critters, bird watching and kittens.  Donna was an avid Pistons fan and loved having her family together for any occasion, which is what made her truly happy.  She was known by her grandkids as “BMX grandma”.

Donna is survived by her children, Mary Freeman, Tom (Val) Sawicki, Phil (Nancy) Sawicki, Kathy (John) Winter and Bob (Heather) Sawicki; grandkids, Shonda Michelson, Jenn Bunday, Philip Sawicki, Richelle McKay, D.J. Freeman, Danielle Higley, Lizzy Winter, Joe Winter, Claire Sawicki and Cate Sawicki; great grandkids, Skylar Szymanski, Keylee, Alex and Taylor Sky Freeman, Kara Bunday, Bleiler McKay, Addyson and Mikaela Higley.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. from the Nelson Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, (May 8) beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego County Animal Shelter or the Gaylord Middle School Veterans Day program.