Donna Mae Wilfong, age 80, of Escanaba, passed away early Tuesday morning, January 15, 2019, at Lakeview Memory Care Facility, in Gladstone, where she currently resided.
Donna was born March 11, 1938, in Escanaba, the daughter of Leonard and Beatrice (DeMars) Bryson. She was raised in Escanaba and was a 1956 graduate of Holy Name High School.
On August 29, 1959, Donna was united in marriage to Thomas Wilfong at St. Anne Church in Escanaba. Together the couple lived in various locations where they raised their family and made many lifelong friends throughout the years. Donna was employed as a telephone operator for Michigan Bell Telephone Company. She is remembered for her great laugh and love of entertaining. She was a devoted wife of 59 years and a wonderful mother.
Donna was a member of St. Thomas Church in Escanaba where she served on the St. Thomas Church Circle, the Alter Guild and was a member of the Blue Army. In years past, Donna enjoyed spending summers at their cabin among family and friends. She will be deeply missed.
In addition to her husband Tom, Donna is survived by:
Son: Scott (Julie) Wilfong of St. Cloud, MN
Daughters: Tracie (Terry) Koepp of Cedar Rapids, IA
Carrie (Mike) LaPin of Negaunee, MI
Cheri Wilfong of Carpentersville, IL
Brother: Thomas (Cathy) Plouff of Marietta, GA
Sister: Sue (Leizime) Brusoe of Shawano, WI
Also surviving are Donna’s 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard Bryson and Beatrice Plouff.
Donna’s family will receive friends on Thursday, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM, at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will follow visiting hours, at 5:00PM on Thursday, at St. Thomas Church in Escanaba, with Rev. Fr. Rick Courier officiating. Luncheon will follow in the St. Thomas Parish Hall. Donna will be laid to rest in the Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements.