Donna Isabelle (Frei) Weesen

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Donna Isabelle (Frei) Weesen left us while in the loving care of her family and Lake Superior Hospice on Friday, July 12, a gorgeous U.P. “beach day.”

Donna and her kitty lived at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living in Marquette for the past 2 years where she will be dearly missed by staff and residents. Donna’s unique personality was a composite of laughter, compassion and inquisitiveness. She was most proud of her career as a mom, grandma and an RN. She was a 1951 graduate of St. Luke’s School of Nursing, she said that on the day she completed her first clinical in the hospital was the day she knew she’d found her passion.

As a third generation Marquette native, she was energized by community involvement, an advocate for Lake Superior, homeless animals, literacy and waste reduction. Often she could be found walking the Lake Superior beaches picking up litter, admiring smooth wet rocks and making new friends along the way. Donna served her community in many ways including at Messiah Lutheran Church, the Peter White Public Library Board, the JD Pierce reunion committee, UPAWS volunteer, St. Luke’s School of Nursing Alumni Association and the Marquette Regional History Museum (Helen Paul Award winner). Donna was one of the first volunteer Meals on Wheels delivery workers and a Marquette Adult Day Care assistant.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Isabelle (Treganza) Frei, and half sister Shirley Jensen. Survivors include her sister Mary Hansen (George) of New Braunfels, TX, daughter Barbara “Bobbi”Weesen-Baer (Tom Baer) of Mountain View, CA, son Doug Weesen (Laurie Neldberg-Weesen) of Marquette, and daughter Wendy Weesen (Terry Malagoli) of Chicago, IL. Grandchildren Drew Weesen, Jackson, WY, Tyler Weesen (Jen), Arlington, VA, Christina Baer (Jason Stark) Ashland, MA, Jon Baer, Mountain View, CA, Caitlin and Ilsa McIntyre, Chicago, IL and Madeline Weesen, Chicago, IL.

A public memorial will be held in the fall. Contributions in memory of Donna, may be made to Peter White Public Library, UPAWS or a charity of your choice.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at