|(Monday - November
30, 2020) - Donna Rae Anderson, age 85, of Norway, passed away on
Thursday, November 27, at Evergreen Meadows in Norway.
born on December 16, 1934 in Norway, the eldest daughter of the late Ray
and Helen (Bartl) Hall.
Donna graduated from Norway High School
in 1953. She attended Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Education.
Donna married Donald A. Anderson on
June 23, 1956 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Norway. He preceded her in
death on December 18, 1988.
Donna taught at Norway High School
until she had her first child in 1960. She returned to full time
teaching Junior High and High School English and history at Niagara High
School until her retirement in 1991. Donna also taught community school
adult education classes.
Over the years, Donna was a member of
the Michigan Education Association, Grace United Methodist Church,
American Association of University Women and Norway-Vulcan Women's Club.
Donna also was a member and volunteer at the Jake Menghini Museum in
Donna enjoyed reading, playing the piano, knitting, and
especially her dogs. She loved music and treasured attending her
children's and grandchildren's musical programs. Donna and her friends
had season tickets to musicals and plays at the Weidner Center, as well
as Northern Michigan Theater.
She was fond of attending Norway
City Band concerts and was proud that her father Ray and daughter Lisa
had both been directors of the band over the years.
Donna was a
dedicated Spartan alumnus and religiously attended reunions with her
former classmates and roommates. She had a passion for traveling and the
family went on many camping trips across the country, stopping at many
forts along the way. Donna also traveled extensively in Europe and
Donna loved spending time at the family cottage on Lake
Louise at Hamilton Lakes and often entertained her friends and family
She is survived by her daughters Beth (Scott) Baker of
Niagara, and Lisa (Stephen Betters) Anderson of Sagola; son Ray (Andrea)
Anderson of Norway; grandchildren Andrew (Adilah) Beck, Christina and
Anna Anderson; sisters Georgine (Gary) Riley of Gainesville, GA and Judy
Casanova of Norway; an aunt Mae Philips of Powers; brother-in-law
Charles "Nate" Anderson; and sister-in-law Donna Anderson; as well as
numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Donna was preceded in death
by her nephews William Riley and Paul Anderson; brothers-in-law David
Anderson and Roger Casanova; and sister-in-law Harriet Anderson.
Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery, and a
celebration of life for Donna will be held next summer.
family would like to express a special Thank you to the staff at
Evergreen Memory Care for the care and compassion given to Donna over
Family suggest that Memorial Contributions may be made
to the Almost Home Animal Shelter.
The Ortman Funeral Home of
Norway is in charge of arrangements.