Donald Pynnonen died peacefully at his home January 12, 2015 at the age of 88 surrounded by his family. He was a resident on Black Lake over the past 65 years.
Donald is survived by six loving children, Jeff Pynnonen, Linda (David) Sandvik, Susan (Tony) Bernardo, Mary Ellen (David Rocco) Pynnonen-Rocco, Liz (Rusty) Gowland and Ed (Anne) Pynnonen; 11 grandchildren; a sister, Irene Sanger Chamblee of East Lansing; a brother, Ole (Betty) Pynnonen of Basalt, Colorado, a sister in-law, Mary Ellen Pynnonen of Petoskey; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Jane Lobdell Pynnonen; brothers Osmo, Eino, Elmer and Simo Pynnonen; and sister Nellie Worsley.
Don was born in Grayling April 12, 1926. He was the seventh of eight children from parents that immigrated from Toivakka, Finland and was raised on a farm in Lewiston.
There will be a two hour visitation at 10 a.m. Friday, February 13, at A.J. Desmond & Sons, 32515 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI with service at noon.
A graveside memorial service will take place at the Waverly Township Cemetery, Onaway Saturday, July 11.
Donations can be made to the Friends of Bonz and Stewart Beaches Scholarship Fund, that grants college scholarships to graduating seniors from Onaway High School, and can be sent to Friends of Bonz and Stewart Beaches Scholarship Fund, PO Box 362, Onaway, MI 49765 or the charity of your choice.