Donna L. Johnson- Diehl, 100, of Belding, passed away Monday evening, January 28, 2019 at Green Acres in Greenville. Donna was born on July 18, 1918 in Orleans Township, the daughter of Sylvester “Roy” and Hazel (Gardner) Spaulding.
Donna graduated from Belding High School with the Class of 1936 as Salutatorian and later attended Cleary Business College in Ypsilanti in 1937. Donna’s first husband was Albin Charles “Chuck” Johnson. Chuck and Donna enjoyed participating in two different dance clubs in the area. Donna was the first female employee of Extruded Metals or Mueller Brass. She took a five year break to have children then went back to Extruded to work many years as an executive secretary and retiring from Extruded. She enjoyed reading, sewing, needlework, dancing and working in her yard. While blessed with a long life she will greatly missed by her family and friends.
Donna is loved and survived by her children; Joanne (John) Newland, Marilyn (John) Rittersdorf all of Belding, grandchildren; Kevin (Raejeanna) Newland, Stevin (Becky) Newland, Anna (Richard) Noggle, Theodore Rittersdorf, Christopher (Sarah) Rittersdorf, great grandchildren; Brooke (Matt) Brecheisen, Kevin Bowen, Wyatt Newland, Charlie Newland, Owen Newland, Morgan Newland, Chloe Newland, Eliott Newland and Zachary Noggle, great great grandson Jackson Brecheisen, step children; Carol (Carl) Sorensen, Mark (Sue) Diehl, Debra Diehl, Jenny Diehl, many of their grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Albin Charles ”Chuck” Johnson in 1991 and her second husband Richard Diehl in 2012, brother Perry Spaulding and stepson Brian Diehl.
Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Monday, February 11, 2019 at the funeral home with Pastor Mike Simmons officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Interment will be in the spring in Rest Haven Memory Gardens. Memorials may be given to Belding Library or Kindred Hospice.
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