Donna Dee Soderberg
January 8, 1936 – September 1, 2019
Donna Dee Soderberg quietly transitioned to Heaven on the morning of Sept. 1st, 2019. She was surrounded by the love and cherished memories of her family and friends. Born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin on January 8, 1936 to LD Edson and Doris Canright Edson (both preceded her in death). She had one sister Diane (Deanne) Edson who preceded her in death. She wed her former husband, Alfred James Soderberg, on May 3, 1952. They remained lifelong friends. He preceded her in death in 2015. Donna was the proud mother of her five children: Edwin Lee Soderberg (Rose Cabasag), Eric Lawrence who passed in 2016 (Tracy Soderberg), Erland James Soderberg (Elaina Soderberg), Angela Diane Soderberg and Allison Donna Soderberg. Donna has eight grandsons and one granddaughter: Edwin Soderberg, Michael Soderberg, Aaron Soderberg (Minda Soderberg), Carl Soderberg (Yang Ruyin), Eric Soderberg (Amanda Mobley), Hanna Ammons (Victor Ammons), Peter Soderberg (Cara Soderberg), Tony Soderberg and Reuben Cabasag Soderberg. She has five surviving great grandchildren. Savanah and Michael Soderberg; Eli and Aaliyah Soderberg; and Theo Ammons. She was preceded in death (2018) by her great granddaughter Nara Soderberg (Aaron and Minda Soderberg). She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Donna was a stay at home wife and mother when her children were young. She had a variety of positions during her lifetime, to name a few: she owned and operated a restaurant in LeRoy Michigan, she was a deli/bakery clerk for Carter’s IGA and Denny’s, and managed two Subway restaurants both in Big Rapids, Michigan. Donna retired as a greeter for St. Joseph Medical Office Building in Pontiac, MI in 2011. She also volunteered for many organizations during her life: PTA, Easter Seals, Lighthouse in Pontiac and Alice Gustafson Cancer Center – Pontiac, Michigan. Donna loved to garden and was very knowledgeable about plants and flowers. She took pride in having a large, immaculate lawn and garden, which she maintained up until the last two years of her life. She loved singing and was a consummate cook who took great pleasure in preparing many elaborate meals for her family. Animals were also a passion of Donna's. She was particularly fond of her dogs and cats. She had a horse as a teenager and again when she was in her forties. Most of all Donna loved to help people especially her loved ones. She touched so many people in her lifetime. Please come to celebrate this amazing and generous lady. A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 4-8PM with a Memorial Service at 6PM at Pixley Funeral Home, 3530 Auburn Rd., Auburn Hills, MI 48326. Memorial Donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society.
- LD and Doris (Canright) Edson, Parents (deceased)
- Diane (Deanne) Edson, Sister (deceased)
- Alfred James Soderberg, Former Husband (deceased)
- Edwin Lee Soderberg (Rose Cabasag), Son
- Eric Lawrence Soderberg, Son (deceased)
- Tracy Soderberg, Daughter-in-law
- Erland James (Elaina) Soderberg, Son
- Angela Diane Soderberg, Daughter
- Allison Donna Soderberg, Daughter
- Edwin Soderberg, Grandson
- Michael Soderberg, Grandson
- Aaron (Minda) Soderberg, Grandson
- Carl Soderberg (Yang Ruyin), Grandson
- Eric Soderberg (Amanda Mobley), Grandson
- Hanna (Victor) Ammons, Granddaughter
- Peter (Cara) Soderberg, Grandson
- Tony Soderberg, Grandson
- Reuben Cabasag Soderberg, Grandson
- Savanah Soderberg, Great Grandchild
- Michael Soderberg, Great Grandchild
- Eli Soderberg, Great Grandchild
- Aaliyah Soderberg, Great Grandchild
- Theo Ammons, Great Grandchild
- Nara Soderberg, Great Granddaughter (deceased)
- Michigan Humane Society
- Memorial Gathering Saturday, September 7, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, September 7, 2019
Donna Dee Soderberg
September 20, 2019
Donna was such a sweet, truly caring woman. She cared for everyone and helped everyone. We are so sorry for your loss of this beautiful soul.
September 13, 2019
My Mom was a woman of tremendous strength, courage, compassion and above all love. She enjoyed nothing more than being with her family and shared a unique bond with each of her children.
She was my confidant and personal cheerleader my entire life. Mom always encouraged me and celebrated my joys. She would hug me when I was sad making the world feel all right again.
She mentioned to me a few years ago how she was so glad that she got to know her kids as adults.
One of my earliest memories of her I had as a child, we were walking back home from the store. She would smile and say hello to the people we passed on the way. She just exuded genuine warmth and friendliness to others. This has always impressed me and is one of many great memories I have about her. I know I am so very blessed to have had my Mom in my life for so many years.
Mom went from telling me " I love you" to "I love you so much" especially in these last few months.
I love you so much and miss you so much Mom.
September 10, 2019
We were very sad to hear of the passing of Grandma. My kids were lucky enough to have met her but unlucky enough to have missed the time when I knew grandma. I wish I could have shared her love and compassion with my children as I was better off for having had it. Nonetheless, grandma, even in her frail state was able to show some level of the love that I grew up with and I am eternally grateful for that.
Grandma was our (myself and 2 brothers) summer destination. We always looked forward to our trips and continued to take them into our late teens.
Grandma was always supportive of us and balanced between being our cheerleader and disciplinarian. She helped take 3 precocious boys and mold them into the men we are today.
We will miss grandma dearly.
September 10, 2019
I am so grateful and thankful that I had a chance to met you grandma, since day one that I arrived here in USA you never stop thinking of me, you always there for me to cheer me up and tell how much you love me💞.
We gain another angels now and we know that you still looking to us.
I love and miss you grandma!! Your no longer in our side but your forever in our heart 💞
September 9, 2019
A dear friend who will always be in my heartt💕
September 8, 2019
Mom was a wonderful mother and friend! She was hard working, loyal, tenacious, independent, loving, and could be a bit stubborn. Mom loved to stay active and after she wasn’t able to do so, she would get frustrated at times.
Mom loved life, her family and her pets!
She loved to sing, dance, read, cook and garden. I could go on and on about her many attributes. I will just say she was an amazing woman!!
I will always love and miss you mom. ❤️
September 5, 2019
My memories are from the K & R days...Donna gave me a job, taught me how to be a good waitress and taught me time management tricks that I have taught my own children. I remember slow times and times she invited me to stay after for one of her scrumptious meals she could just whip up for us. I learned to love pepper steak because of her! I certainly wish we had taken pictures back then like we do today!
My condolences to the entire family, I know she will certainly be missed!
Much love and prayers for peace!
September 5, 2019
My beautiful Aunt Donna has always been there for me through life. I love her to the Moon and back. I will miss her every day of my life like my mom she was my second mom. I know she is with her mom and dad my mom her son Eric her husband and all the people she loved and lost she was such a good and beautiful person no one could ever replace her. I love you Aunt Donna always.
September 4, 2019
The good lord took back one of the most amazing people on this earth. Mom was an inspiration to me my entire life, she taught me right from wrong and what it meant to be good to other people. She taught me to work hard. She taught me what love means. She was (and is) an amazing soul and I pray she is at peace and dancing and singing. One of my favorite photos is her winning at the casino (the picture is a little blurry), she would get so delighted by little things that it made me happy, because otherwise she was the consummate worrier ! I will love you forever, Mom!
September 3, 2019
Donna was a wonderful lady. I knew her when I was a little girl growing up in Pontiac. She was a dear friend of my mother’s back then and they finally were able to reconnect via phone, several years ago. Donna also graciously shared memories of my mother when my sister and I visited with her 2 years ago..... it was wonderful to see her again.....Condolences to her family
Photo l to r: Donna Soderberg, Bobbie Rounds and Peggy Conger.... friends on Astor St. 1967-68