Dona G. Emerson

Mills Township, Michigan
October 5, 1928 - June 4, 2019


A private memorial for family and friends will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be offered at

Obituary Notice

Dona G. Emerson, age 90, passed away June 4, 2019 at her home in Alger, Michigan.
Dona was born October 5, 1928 in White Earth Ojibwe Reservation, Minnesota. She was an American Indian Boarding School Survivor and Plymouth High School Graduate. Dona was a Mills Township, Michigan resident for 30 years and served as the Township Treasurer for 27 years.
From spotting the first Robin of Spring through golfing and gardening all summer, deer hunting in fall, sledding and ice skating in winter, Dona enjoyed all the wonders of God’s creation and was proud of her Native American heritage and culture which is rooted in nature. Dona was born to a baseball playing family, her father a pitcher, a manager and her brothers and sisters were awesome athletes. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre and she played to win! Dona was an avid sports fan, cheering on the college football teams of her home state and in hockey, the Detroit Red Wings. She would interact with the games on TV and it seemed as if they heard her hundreds of miles away. Children were her joy. She took pride in the accomplishments of each of her 8 children, 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.
Dona is survived by her children, Wanda Thorburn, Geo Fuhst, David (Helen) Fuhst, Charles (Rene) Fuhst all of Michigan, Mary Moore of Mills Township, Michigan; 15 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren. Dona was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters, Cherly L. Lewis and Karen A. Rossi, one son, Frederick Anthony Fuhst; and siblings.
According to Dona’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private memorial for family and friends will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made to the family at


I just loved her!!! We Had some great talks and shared our Grief about the death of our Daughters.. She Made a "Dream catcher" for my Birthday once, and it was lovely!!! Fly High Sweet Lady... XXOO Rose
— Rose Meyer
She was such an awesome lady,and will very much be missed by all who knew her.I use to wait on her and her daughter when they would come in for lunch, at Lil Daniels ,and I don't think I have ever seen her without that smile. Though I have an ache in my heart I know That she is happy in her heavenly home..My prayers to her loved ones.
— Karlene K. Kreger
My heart is heavy upon hearing of our dear friends passing.
Dona had a genuine grace. She made you feel loved and at ease in her presence. I was very blessed to have known her. As her Granddaughter said to me, "I am so glad you felt my grandma Dona's magic" We surely did. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Love you and will miss you
Love and prayers for strength and comfort
for the family
— Judith Stegehuis
So sorry for the familys loss! She was a real sweetheart!
— Melani Griffth
Sorry for your loss my Fuhst family 💖
— Rebecca Roy
Thinking about you and all of your family. Your mom was a kind and gentle soul. She is walks in heavenly peace.
— Gayle and Bruce Stark
My condolences to the family of Dona. May she rest in eternal peace. ❤
— Theresa Lawrence
Mary I am So Very for the Loss Of Your Dear Sweet Mother ❤️ I will pray and am Sending you a Great Big ((((Hug))))
— Donna Grezlik Bagley
So sorry to hear , she will be missed greatly.
— Phil & Barb Renaud
I worked with Dona as I was the Ogemaw County Treasurer. When she entered our office to settle property taxes with us, there was usually laughter, especially when her daughter, Cheryl, became her deputy! What a duo they were! Rest In Peace, Dona.
— Maggie Robinson
If there’s anyone on planet earth that is for sure going to heaven, it’s Grandma Dona. I miss her so much and I can’t believe it’s been a full year. I wouldn’t be who i’am today without her. I will continue to model myself after her. I love you grandma and I’ll see you in a few years.
— Grand Child

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