OBITUARY

Donna Rose Arnson

April 11, 1952January 3, 2021
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Donna Rose Arnson (nee Miller) was born April 11, 1952, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and died on January 3, 2021, in Birmingham, Alabama. She is survived by her son, Gunner, her daughter, Katie Rose, son-in-law, Marty, and grandson, Lubo. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Lu, and brothers, Daniel and Richard. She was preceded in death by her father, John, and her mother, Angela Rose, and her brothers, Johnny, Tommy, and Bill.

Donna grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, the sixth born of seven children. After graduating high school, she attended Western Michigan University and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she obtained her degree in nursing. As a registered nurse, she was incredibly passionate about helping others and advancing her knowledge in the field of medicine. She began her nursing career in Appleton, Wisconsin, and, after a move to Rochester, New York, continued her work in the cardiac unit.

After giving birth to her son, Gunner, the family moved to Mobile, Alabama, where her daughter, Katie Rose, was born. During her time in Alabama, she grew to love the area, which she would eventually come back to later in life. At an early age, she encouraged a love of music in her young children and promoted that throughout her lifetime. The family moved to Monroe, Louisiana, in 1991, where she transitioned her nursing career from patient care to utilization case management. For three years, they settled in a house on a bayou, but in 1994, the family moved again to Erie, Pennsylvania, where the children spent their formative years.

After 13 years in Erie, she moved back south to Birmingham, Alabama. Being a devout Catholic, she was drawn to the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and a job opportunity at UAB Hospital to restart her nursing career after years of being a dedicated mother. She loved her job and coworkers at UAB, where she really felt like she was a making difference. Her work ethic, enthusiasm, and acumen were noticed by all of her colleagues and her loving spirit shined brightly to all. In Birmingham, she found a special spiritual community and, because of her fearless and outgoing personality, she made many friends. She attended mass daily, was a committed adorer of the Holy Eucharist, and strong devotee to the Holy Face of Jesus. Her Catholic identity truly defined her and she was always eager to share the love she found in her faith. She will be missed immensely and will forever live in our hearts.

To live stream the funeral mass on Tuesday, January 12th, at 11am, please follow this link to Our Lady of Sorrows Church. http://www.ourladyofsorrows.com/

There will be another viewing on Saturday, January 16th, in Sterling Heights, Michigan at Wujek-Calcaterra Funeral Home from 10 - 12 pm. Here is the link to the funeral home as the viewing and burial will be live streamed. https://www.wujekcalcaterra.com/ She will be buried in Resurrection Cemetery at 12:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, Gunner and Katie kindly ask that you consider donating to the Donna Arnson Memorial Fund to the Holy Face of Jesus. Thank you and God bless. https://fundly.com/donna-arnson-memorial-to-the-holy-face-of-jesus

Services

  • Wake

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Wake Service Via Live Stream Zoom

    Monday, January 11, 2021

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  • Funeral Mass via Live Stream

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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  • Rosary Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Dr. Richard H. Miller

January 17, 2021

We have loved her in life.
Let us not forget her after death.

Accept, O Lord, we beseech Thee the prayers we offer for the repose of the soul of Thy servant and grant that through the merits of Thy sufferings and death on the cross , and the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother she may be received into the number of Thy elect.
Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace. Amen.

I will always love and cherish the times we had together ...you were the GREATEST and most WODERFUL sister a brother could ever ask.
God Love you forever...
Your Brother.....Richie

Lynne Nonni

January 14, 2021

I knew Donna for over 30 years. We travel the journey with Christ together. She was so passionate about her faith, and because she had no fear, she brought many people to Christ. She was a loving and dedicated mother to Gunner and Katie. Donna was a bright light in this world. She is home now, and I know she’ll continue to work in heaven and help us on our walk. I remember her saying that she couldn’t hear the prompting of the Holy Spirit, so she asked her guardian angel to yell loudly to get her attention, and her guardian angel did just that! I will miss you Donna. Love you. 💗

Carole Grimes

January 13, 2021

I worked with your mother at UAB for many years. She was very kind and outgoing. She shared her love for her children, grandchild and deep abiding faith that gave her great peace. May God Himself provide you with comfort and peace at this time of sorrow.

Natasha Hatch

January 12, 2021

I met Donna 10 years ago when I came to UAB. She was such a beautiful spirit with a BIG personality that you just had to love. We would often have conversations about our faith and praying for God's best and her never ending quest to make things better.

One of my fondest memories was Donna giving me a beautiful cross that I kept near my desk. It was always a reminder that God is with me. She will be truly missed, but my confidence is that we will see her again. God's peace and comfort for her family and friends.

Beth Meeks

January 11, 2021

Donna was a wonderful friend and coworker. She brought me encouragement on several occasions. I loved hearing about miracle after miracle that God did for her. She loved to talk about God and all He has done for her. She loved talking about her children also. One of the things Donna and I shared and loved was the Chicory coffee she brought to work one day. No one else liked it but us! She was so giving and always had a smile on her face. Donna will be greatly missed by me for sure. I pray that the comfort of the Holy Spirit will be with the family. Donna, Forever loved and never forgotten.

Valerie Jones

January 11, 2021

My prayers to the family as you travel the path of grief to life without your precious mother, grandmother, in-law, and sister. Donna always has a smile and looked for ways to brighten her co-workers day at UAB. She was dedicated to making things better in Utilization Management and will be greatly missed. I was so saddened to her of passing. I rejoice knowing she knew Christ and is now present with the Lord.
May the grace of God give you peace and comfort in the coming days.
Valerie Jones
UAB Co-Worker

JACLYNN GOTHARD

January 11, 2021

When I first started my position at UAB almost 4 years ago, Donna was among the first to introduce herself and welcome me to the department. She and I had wonderful conversations and I knew her to be a strong woman of faith and always encouraging. She had a generous spirit, a kind heart, and a love for all people. I will miss her warmth and kindness to me.

Cheryl Arnson

January 10, 2021

Donna was such a nice and kind sister in law. She was my oldest daughter, Jaclyn’s godmother, helping me with the baptism and lending me her daughter’s beautiful baptismal gown for the ceremony. I will always remember her strong faith and helpful advice as our family grew.

Georges Hobeika

January 8, 2021

Donna was a great friend and sister in Christ, I formally knew her on 10/28/2015 at Saint Elias church, and we became friends since then.
She is a delightful person, with a kind and generous heart, has children innocence of soul and she loved her children so dearly.
I often found her at the adoration Charpel in the evening and we met regularly at morning mass. As I moved to Florida we kept in touch through phone. I will miss her dearly, but I know that this was her time to be with her Lord, whom she loved dearly.
My condolences to her children and family.

Dr Georges HOBEIKA

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