Donna M. Sopsich

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Donna Marie Sopsich, age 69, of Vanderbilt, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly at home, on Christmas Day with her beloved husband, Paul, by her side.

She was born on August 1, 1953, to Sherry (Hudgins) and Donald Seigneurie, in Detroit, Michigan.

Donna enjoyed scrapbooking and various other arts and crafts. She loved to travel and visited 49 states with her husband of 47 years. She was completely devoted to her family; her children never had a bigger supporter than her. She was the epitome of a selfless and caring mother and wife.

She earned her teaching degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1975. She worked in the Woodhaven, Michigan school district, and after retirement in 2006, she moved to Vanderbilt, Michigan in 2008, where she has lived peacefully ever since.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Donna is survived by her husband, Paul Sopsich; her sons, Joseph of Gaylord, and Christopher of Canton; sister, Marjorie (Robert) Reed; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 30, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., from St. Mary Cathedral, with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Church Sunday Offertory, (click on the link provided.)

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

21 comments on “Donna M. Sopsich”

    1. Thanks for the kind words. She was “magic.” If you knew Donna for just five minutes, you liked her instantly, beautiful smile and loving personality.

  1. Phil and Sally Williams

    Paul, we were shocked to see this. We are so sad for you and your family. Please let us know if we can be of any help. Lean on God and your family ❤️🙏

    1. Thank you very much. She IS a real sweetheart, who constantly doted on our two sons, and spoiled me rotten.

  2. Pat Makins (I used to work for State Farm)

    What a beautiful friend Donna was.
    Donna touched so many people’s hearts and shared a true friendship. I’m sorry to hear of her passing. Paul, Joe, and Chris I’m sorry you have lost such a caring wife, and mother.

  3. What a kind hearted, loving person she was. I have known her since 1976 (I worked with Paul). I could see the love she had for Paul and Paul for her. They were made for each other. I enjoyed the scrapbooks that she would make after every trip they took. The Christmas ornaments that she made hang on my Christmas tree every year.
    I will miss her very much. She helped make my annual visits to their home, every year since 2011, a real pleasure.
    Paul, Joe and Chris. I feel your emptiness and grief.
    My prayers to you all and Donna.
    God Bless, Bob.

    1. Bob, there is nothing that I can add to your heartfelt comments. You only experienced her warmth and personality for two days a year, I was blessed to experience this 24/7, 365. I was blessed to be with her for 47 years of marriage and dating for 4 more, I won life’s lottery. See you in the Fall.

  4. Paul I am so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I will keep you and your sons in my prayer. Rest in Peace my dear friend! Jackie Smith

    1. Thanks, Jackie. On the “selflessness” scale, she was tied with my mom for first place in the all-time standings. God let me have her for 51 years, he has other plans for her now.

    1. Barb and Mike thanks for your comments. God blessed me by giving her to me after our first date in 1971. Fifty-one years is a great “run,” I can’t be selfish, she’s with God now.

  5. Paul,
    My heartfelt condolences to you and your sons. Donna’s love of family, friends, country and her devotion to her faith will always be my memory of her. My thoughts and prayers to you and your sons during this sad time. God Bless You!

    1. John, you are one the luckiest people in the USA because you got to know Donna on a real personal level. After one encounter, people knew what she was about. I will never forget our extensive travels, particularly the three SF visits. On the 2010 trip, I always threatened her that I would leave her at Alcatraz if she got out of line. Of course, I would have arranged conjugal visits. I was extremely proud to have her at my side no matter where we went. It was like, “look everyone, check out this gorgeous woman that I’m with.” We made friends with total strangers across America, and she was a huge part of this. When I look at our scrapbooks, there are two constants, I usually had my arm around her, and in all likelihood, a couple of beers were in front of us. The love affair continues…

    1. Jim thanks for remembering Donna, I believe that you may have met her only once, but it’s obvious that she made an impression on you. She was like this with EVERYONE. My sons and I are blessed.

  6. Paul, Joe, and Chris; I am so sorry I know all too well and understand the range of grief, sadness, sorrow, and pain you are going threw. I can tell you this, Donna knew how much you all loved and cherished her. You just need to remember how much she loves you, you know she is with the Lord and no longer knows sadness or pain. I will be praying for peace for each of you and the family. We all truly lost a great friend and wonderful person.

    1. Tammy, thanks for remembering my sweetheart. She was as selfless as they come. As I mentioned at her funeral luncheon, her famous line at home was, “Can I get you anything?” or “I’m up, do you want anything?” Whether it was taking my hat and gloves to warm them up after plowing snow, or fetching me a beer on a hot day, this is who she was. It was obvious to anyone that she knew, even if it was just a few minutes. She always put herself second to the needs of others. I am truly blessed.

  7. Pat and Dar Harkins

    Paul, Joe and Chris, so sorry to hear of loss of your wonderful wife and mother. I just saw this online. God bless her. We will keep you in our prayers.
    Pat and Darlene Harkins

    1. Pat and Dar, thanks for remembering our beautiful wife and selfless mom. She was a person of deep faith; in fact, we were reciting our daily rosary when God decided that he needed another angel. She was a difference maker, she impacted everyone that she would encounter immediately. Our faith in God has given us the strength to get through this challenge, we will make it. I’m lucky, I now have another guardian angel. She joined the guardian angel team with my mom and dad.

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