Donna Soderman

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died January 17, 2007

Donna M. Soderman, age 76, of 6101 Days River 24.5 Road; Gladstone (Brampton Twp.) died unexpectedly on Monday, December 17th, 2007, at home of an apparent heart attack.The former Donna Gudwer was born November 29th, 1931 in Spruce, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Alma (Bunker) Gudwer and resided in Spruce until moving to the Perkins area with her family as a young girl.

After her marriage to David C. Soderman on September 2nd, 1950, she relocated to the Days River area where she resided since. David passed away December 12th, 1996.

Donna was well known as a food caterer in the area for many years and instituted the celebrated

0 Tributes for “Donna Soderman

    Dear Soderman Family,
    I very sorry to hear about Donna’s passing. She was a very dear person. I will miss her at the Bark River Hall. She always took care of Ron and myself (soup bones,etc.). She was my favorite caterer, always leaving the kitchen in the manner in which she found it.

    May God bless you all in this trying time,

    Paul Moroni
    Building Manager
    Bark River Township
    Bark River, MI

    Dear Soderman family,

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, she was a wonderful lady that was always full of smiles! She will be truly missed by all who knew her! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time! Cherish the many memories that live in your hearts!


    Dean & Lisa Ingebrigtsen & family
    Escanaba, MI


    Not a day goes by that something you said or showed me crosses my path. I will never forget our friday afternoon talks at the Bungalow, while you fed me until I couldn’t move. The memories are far too many to put on paper (all good). The unconditional love that I felt every time that I was around you warms my heart when I think of you. You treated me like a son, even when my own weren’t too proud of me. You brought a smile and warm heart to so many, and I am truly blessed to have had the priveledge of knowing, and loving you. Merry Christmas in Heaven.

    God Bless You Donna,
    I Love You Always,
    David J.

    David J Soderman
    Gladstone, MI

    Steve,Karl,Chris,Craig & Lisa,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.Donna made such a large impact on alot of people in our community and she will be deeply missed.

    There will come a day
    when your tears of sorrow
    will softly flow into tears of remembrance…
    and your heart will begin to heal itself…
    and grieving will be interrupted by episodes of joy…
    and you will hear the whisper of hope.
    There will come a day
    when you will welcome the tears of remembrance…
    as a sunshower of the soul…
    a turning of the tide…
    a promise of peace.
    There will come a day when you will…
    risk loving…
    go on believing…
    and treasure the tears of remembering.

    Gaylord and Jeanne Jones
    Brampton, MI

    Lisa and Family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was very special to a lot of people including my sister Carol who though of her as a second Mom. Carol has told me of the many happy times she has spent with you and Donna. I will always remeber her happy smiling face when ever I got to see her. Cherish your memories for they will help you through the hard time. Hugs Pam

    Pamela R. Keskimaki
    Gwinn, MI

    I will always remember Donna’s seemingly ever present smile and her warm chuckle. In the 45 years I’ve known her, her joyful spirit always shone thru. I’m sure she’s in heaven, whipping up some of her signature potato salad and other great dishes for the feast on Christmas.

    God be with you all, and my deepest sympathy for your loss.

    Linda (Larson) Mathieson
    Escanaba, MI

    Dear Chris and family,

    My sincere sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are for you.

    Joe Leonardi
    Davison, MI

    Carl, Steve, Lisa, Chris, Craig, and their children:

    You and your parents have been part of my earliest, best, and longest-lasting memories, both in Cornell and Gladstone, MI. I remember all the camps your Dad and cousins owned, visiting, playing for hours on end. We had so much fun. Later, I grew up and married and had a family of my own. They became extended family in your lives, too. I remember your Dad for his beautiful smile and kind, gentle ways. I remember Donna for her big smiles, bigger hugs, and sneaking bites of whatever she had on the stove when I wandered in. Your parents leave a wonderful legacy in all of you. A smile crosses my face any time I think of each of you. Your Mom and Dad are not truly gone, they’ve just moved into their rightful places in heaven. They shine forever bright in my heart and an example I wish to live up to. My daughter, Janet (Schwab) Soderman, sends her love as well.

    Jackie (Latimer) Doll
    Milwaukee, WI

    Family, So sorry for the loss of Mom, I didn’t know your Mom, but I know all of you, and you’re all great people!! Always talk about everything you’ve learned, good & bad experiences with the parents!! It hurts bad right now, but as time passes, Keep braggin’ about those unforgetable times!! It makes your Heart Soar, and the most wonderful feeling of Love will always be with you!!

    Mia (Waeghe) Maki
    Gladstone, MI

    So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, she was always so nice to us, and such a wonderful person. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry, we won’t be there saturday, as we have already left for the winter.

    Dwayne and Freddie
    Gladstone, MI

    To the entire Soderman/extended families: There is truly a large void left in many lives and in our community by Donna’s passing. What a kind, generous, selfless woman she was. Many years ago I was working at the Delta Pub for Slim and Amber and everytime Donna came in, I would tell her how “yummy” her perfume smelled. A few weeks later, she came in with her family to eat and presented to me in a beautifully wrapped package the same kind of perfume that I had admired on her.

    They raised a beautiful family and you all have all of those wonderful memories to rely on and pass on to the next generations of Sodermans. Our condolensces to all of you. We know the entire Soderman family quite well, and know that this is a very painful loss to all of you. Please lean on each other and your many friends at this sad, sad time, and know that she is happily reunited with your siblings, and Dad (grandpa) in heaven. I hope peace comes to you all.

    Ron and Becki Hess
    Gladstone, MI

    To Chris, Amber, and family;

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. May you always remember the smiles & hugs that Donna gave us. We were blessed with knowing her.

    Love always,

    Dan & Nancy Wall
    Gladstone, MI

    To the Family of Donna Soderman,

    We would like to forward to you all our deepest sympathies in the loss of Donna. Our family has known her for years. She was of course an awesome person and loved my many. She will be greatly missed in the community for her sassy wit and of course her cooking.

    Lisa and Amber are following in her footsteps, she has taught them well..

    God Bless you all

    Jackie [LaFond] Mott & Family
    Jack & Koko LaFond

    Jackie Mott
    Orange Park, FL

    Dear Soderman Family,

    It was with great sadness that we read of the death of your good mother. We were so very fond of her and enjoyed visiting with her whenever we had the chance. She was a wonderful person and provided all of us with many wonderful occasions through her work as a caterer and through the fishfrys at the Bungalow. We will miss her! Please know of our thoughts in spirit and prayer and our best wishes to each of you. Warm regards,

    Deacon Bill and Chetti Green
    Wausau, WI

    Dear Soderman family, I am so very sorry that you have suffered such a great loss. Lisa I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I hope that you can smile and enjoy the memories of your trip this fall with mom.

    Sending love and warm hugs to all.

    Jane (sis) Beverly.

    Jane Beverly (LaCrosse)
    Rapid River, MI

    So Sorry to learn the news about your Mom, Lisa.

    Dennis & I send our sincere sympathy to you & your family. Ours thoughts & prayers are with you.


    Cheryl Bernard
    DeTour Vlg., MI

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. You are in our hearts and prayers.

    Dick and Mary Kossow & family
    Gladstone, MI

    Your mother was the best cook I have ever known. Also one of the sweetest women too. She will be deeply missed by more people than you all realize. Please know that my heart goes out to all of you.

    Sharon Taylor
    Escanaba, MI

    Lisa and Family,

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Your mom was an amazing person and I feel so lucky to have known her. She always greeted me with a big smile and even bigger hug. I have many great memories of her working at the Bungalow when I was a little girl. She meant a great deal to many people in our community, and especially to our DeMay family. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you,

    Audrey Hewitt
    West Bloomfield, MI

    Lisa and the entire Soderman family

    You are all in my heart,I have shared thru the years some very memorable times with you. Donna is a very special person, loved by many and will be missed immensely. She always had a smile and a hug everytime you seen her even when she didn’t feel good, I will miss those smiles and hugs.

    Lisa you are like a Sister to me….Love you so very much.

    Gladstone, MI

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