Donna Budreau Jamison Grivicich


NAPLES, Fla. — Donna Budreau Jamison Grivicich, 92, of Naples, died on July 17, 2013.

She was born in Antigo, Wis., to Emil John Boudreau and Alice Mae Atkins Budreau on June 8, 1921.

She is survived by a daughter, Judith Haig, and husband, Robert, of Marco Island, Fla .; sons, Carl F. (Leigh) Jamison Jr., of Marquette, Mich., and Erin Thomas (Annie) Grivicich, of Rapid River, Mich .; son-in-law, Paul Timler Sr .; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by daughters, Tana Jamison and Ruth Elaine Timler; husbands, Carl Jamison and Robert Grivicich; sister, Nona Budreau; and brothers, Lyle, Chester Sr., Dale and Jack Budreau.

Her childhood was spent in the Wisconsin northwoods and lumber camp environments. She graduated from Shorewood High School in Wisconsin and attended Rosary College in River Forest, Ill.

While raising four children, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Drew University in New Jersey, a master’s degree and professional diploma from Columbia University in New York, and did extensive work toward her doctorate at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Elected to Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Lambda Theta at Columbia, Donna was a member of the American and Michigan Psychological Association and American Association of University Professors. She spent several summers abroad studying comparative educational and cultural systems.

A dedicated educator, she worked as an elementary school teacher in New Jersey and Michigan, an instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson College, as an assistant professor at Newark State College and instructor at Gogebic Community College. She also served as the first female counselor and training officer for the all-male Ojibway Job Corps Center in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She was awarded a place in “Who’s Who of Outstanding Professionals in Human Services” for her work with inner city ethnic projects in New York City and Newark, N.J., sponsored by the NAACP and the Urban League.

A memorial service will be planned.


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