Donna Mae Kopka-Winter-Hagen

1924 - 2019


Donna Mae Kopka-Winter-Hagen, was born May 2, 1924, in Dundee Township, MI. The daughter of Arthur and Jennie (Weyher) Kopka. She was baptized and confirmed in St. John's Lutheran Church, Dundee, MI. Donna married Arnold Winter, November 20, 1943, in St. John's Lutheran Church, Dundee, MI. Arnold died April 2, 1982. Donna then married Elton Hagen, May 2, 1987, in St. Peters Lutheran Church, Petersburg, MI. Elton died November 28, 2008. Donna started the first Nursery Class at St. Peters Lutheran Church and also taught it in 1950, 1951. She held the office of Vice President of the Altars Gild and was Treasurer of the Women's Guild for 15 years. She worked at the Brewer Hatchery ,Willis Egg Farm. She also worked at the Cadillac Plastic Company in Dundee, MI, and was seamstress for 10 years and a supervisor of housekeeping for 5 years for Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe, MI, retiring in April of 1987. She was an avid seamstress she enjoyed crocheting, swedish weaving, where she won many ribbons at the fair. Donna also made many quilts for her family and friends. Donna did ceramics and porcelain painting through the 4H and sewing. She worked on the Dundee Election Board, she was a member of the Dundee Senior Citizen Center where she did volunteer work. She was a member of the Bedford's Senior Citizen Center and their Young At Heart Square Dance Club for 14 yrs. But most of all she was a devoted wife mother and grandmother and great-grandmother. She dearly loved to have the grandchildren spend time with her when they were small, the great-grandchildren she adored even though she could not play with them.  Died December 29, 2018 in Saline, Mi.


She is survived by: three sons, Dennis (Beverly Ott) Winter, John (Ruth Therrien) Winter, James (Debbie Purdy) Winter; daughters, Peggy (Ron) Diuble, Rita (Ruskin) Tansel, Linda ( Eugene) Roberts; a brother, Elmen Kopka; grandchildren, Lynette, Jeffery, Jason, Denise, Anna, Abigail, Andrew, Kenneth, Jeneen, Timothy, Scott, Michael, Kevin, Bryan, Justin, Reid, Jenelle, Ruskin, Melissa, Nicole; 39 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 husbands, brothers, Glenford, Francis, Arthur (Max)Kopka, sisters, Florine Schuler, Genevieve (Corky) Teachworth, Ethel Marion, Lois Heath and grandchildren, Seth, Elizabeth, Cheri.


Friends may call at the Capaul Funeral Home, Ida, MI, Friday January 11, 2019, from 12-8 PM. She will lie-in-state on Saturday January 12, 2019, from 10 AM until the services at 11 AM, in St. Peter's Lutheran Church, in Petersburg, MI. Pastor Mark Flory will officiate. Burial will be in Maplegrove Cemetery, Dundee, MI.


Memorial contributions can be made to : St Peter's Lutheran Church, Petersburg, MI. and Dundee Senior Citizen Center Dundee, Mi.


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