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NEGAUNEE, MI – Donna D. Dompierre, 87, of Maple St., Negaunee, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, January 20, 2022, at her home with her loving family by her side.

Donna was born May 27, 1934 in Ishpeming, to Clifford and Pearl (Nault) Ayotte, was educated early at St. John’s School in Ishpeming, then graduated from Ishpeming High School, class of 1952. She worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company as an operator, until Bell moved from service to a dialing system. His last assignment at Bell was giving presentations on the use of rotary dial phones to local businesses and civic groups. She was then hired as a customer service employee at the Michigan Gas and Electric Company office on Main Street in downtown Ishpeming. She left that job in the fall of 1959 to become a stay-at-home mom to the first of her four sons. She continued this important work until her youngest son entered high school in 1980. For the next 14 years, Donna worked in the office of Turino Chiropractic, along with her very good friend and work partner, Harriet Maki. She left that job to get involved in other pursuits, including living full-time at the family camp on Big Shag Lake from May through October each year.

Donna was known for having a beautiful soprano voice which was developed at Ishpeming High School with guidance from her teacher and friend, Helen Bentley. After high school, she performed with the Ishpeming Choral Club, followed by the singing groups ‘Choraleers’ and ‘Allegro’, and finally the St. Paul Concert Choir. Early in her married life, she was involved with the Marquette Community Theater in performances, which included a role in the musical ‘Brigadoon’. After training with the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council (PAAC), she performed for several years in musicals presented at the Vista Theater.

Donna believed that the greatest gift of all, to her, was having her four sons and their entire families living in the Ishpeming and Negaunee area. Each of them brought him great joy and pride with their character and accomplishments. A multi-generational family reunion could take place on very short notice where everyone would have a great time. Through all of her activities in life, she made many friendships, and many of them considered her a “best friend”. Her smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her.

Survived by her beloved husband, David W. Dompierre; his four sons: David (Linda) and Dennis (Jill) both of Negaunee, Dean (Jill) of Ishpeming and Dan of Negaunee Township; three grandchildren: Anna (BJ) Noskey, Leah (Jared Kontio) Dompierre and Eric Dompierre; two great-grandchildren, Braileigh and Braiden Noskey; his brother, Robert ‘Gobby’ Ayotte; nephews, Steve (Jilaine) and Mark (Carol) Ayotte; and nieces, Cindy (Jim) Branch and Michelle (Fran Nelson) Pirkola.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and his sister-in-law, Jean Ayotte.

A Christian Burial Mass will be held at a later date at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Negaunee, and will be announced by Koskey Funeral Home.

Donna’s family sends heartfelt thanks to nurse Paula Tasson and social worker Courtney Frantz of UP Home Health & Hospice. Their commitment to their work was inspiring and their presence comforted everyone during Donna’s final weeks.

Ms. Dompierre’s memorial page can be viewed at


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