HANCOCK - Donna Gail Hoganson, 61, of Hancock, went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday morning, November 4, 2013. She passed away peacefully at the Franklin House, Portage Pointe while holding daughter Erin's hand and Pastor Kevin Hausman at her side. Donna was diagnosed with Wegener's Granulamatosis in early January 2013. This rare and painful disease attacked Donna's lungs and kidneys. Donna was born February 25, 1952, in Laurium, the daughter of late Allen and Nina (Nichols) Hoganson and later that same year contracted polio while visiting the Detroit area. Donna never allowed the effects of polio keep her from her many life's accomplishments.
Donna is survived by daughter, Erin (Jeff) Noguess of Marquette; grandson, Sam; nine siblings, Carole (Hugh) Sadberry of Glendale, Ariz., Jeanne (Bob) Sanders of Sun City, Ariz., George (Darlene) Hoganson of Lake Linden and West Haven, Utah, Kathleen (Kay) Hoganson of Lake Linden, Marion (Mike) Gilles of Lake Linden and Sun City, Ariz., Laurel (Brian) Maki of Houghton, Bonnie (Rod) Kelly of Tampa, Fla., Larry Hoganson of Portland, Ore. and Pastor Timothy (Joann) Hoganson of Walker, Mich. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and devoted special friend, Cathy Kelley.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; son, Charles Goodale; and nephew, Nicholas Hoganson.
After graduating from Calumet High School in 1970, Donna attended Michigan Technological University, Suomi College, Arizona State University, Weber State University and Northern Michigan University where she graduated with a degree in Sociology and Research, as well as Child Welfare. Donna worked as teller at D&N Savings and Loan as well as a substitute teacher in various Copper Country schools. She later became Director of Family Services field office in Houghton, covering a large portion of the U.P. and built that office from a small two person group to fifteen while expanding programs and securing funding to support them. She later transferred to the Marquette office until illness forced her early retirement. During her career in various aspects of social work she always had a passion for children and spent much of her time assisting families with adoption, foster care and family counseling. Volumes could be written about Donna's accomplishments, especially her courage and inspiration.
Donna loved spending time on her several hobbies and would work for hours on intricate artwork and making jewelry. Donna was admired by everyone who knew her. Her magnetic personality, quick wit and amazing humor drew people to her. Spending time with Donna was a joy. No matter how ill and uncomfortable Donna was, she always had the ability to make you laugh or at the very least, put a smile on your face.
The family wishes to thank all the staff and caregivers at Portage Pointe - Franklin House especially Donna's three special angels, Nichole Meyer, Yva Schumacher and Heather Leshinski.
As per Donna's wishes, her remains will be cremated after organ donation has occurred. A Memorial Service will take place on Friday, November 15, 2013 in Grace Christian Fellowship Church at 25890 Pine Street, Calumet with Pastor Hausman officiating.
Visitation will take place at the church from 4 to 6 p.m. with service and luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, Donna's daughter requested donations be made to 31 Backpacks, Inc., at 1100 Century Way, Suite C, Houghton, MI 49931.
The Erickson-Crowley-Peterson Funeral Home of Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.