Catherine ‘Katie’ M. Van Donsel
GLADSTONE, Mich. — Catherine “Katie” M. Van Donsel, 92, lifelong resident of Gladstone, passed away Monday evening, April 6, 2020, at Lake View Assisted Living Facility in Gladstone.
Katie was born Nov. 30, 1927, in Gladstone, the daughter of Harry and Margaret (Creten) Van Donsel. She was raised in Gladstone where she attended All Saints School and Gladstone High School, graduating in 1945. Shortly after graduation, Katie was offered a position as a financial secretary for the Gladstone school system. She retired in July of 1986 following 41 years of employment.
Katie was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, Gladstone Women’s Study Club, Gladstone Friends of the Library and the Gladstone Senior Center. Katie loved to play golf and was a longtime member of both the Gladstone Golf Club and the Bluff Golf Club. She was the Gladstone Ladies Champion for four consecutive years and had an astonishing four holes-in-one throughout her golfing years. Katie moved to Lake Bluff Retirement Village in April of 2004 and enjoyed many more years of golfing there. She was proud to have won championships at both clubs.
Survivors include: sister, Marcella Sly. Katie is further survived by her nephew, William (Melissa) Sly, and nieces, Barbara (John) Hubbard and Kathy (Barry) Nosanchuk, and many other loving great-nieces and nephews and cousins, especially her loving cousin Charlie (Patty) Creten.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Margaret, her close friend, Cappy Keil, and her late brother-in-law, Richard Sly.
Visiting hours for Katie will be conducted privately at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial and Committal prayers will be conducted at a later date and will be announced by the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County. Messages of condolence may be offered at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com