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Donald 'Don' Singleton


WAKEFIELD, Mich. – Donald "Don" Singleton, 76, a long-time resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, March 23, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Don was born on March 9, 1941, in Ironwood, a son of Clarence R. and Anne (Kasieta-Popko) Singleton. He attended Ironwood Schools. Don enrolled at Gogebic Community College in the building trades program and was on the dean's list.

On July 5, 1958, Don was united in marriage to the love of his life, Patricia "Pat" Russ. They were blessed with six wonderful children.

Don started his career as a logger working with his Grandfather Kasieta. Next, he worked at Briggs and Stratton Engine for four years. Then, Don was employed by the White Pine Copper Company. He was an accomplished carpenter and did many projects with his good friend, Charles Sabor. Finally, in a career shift in 1989, Don and Pat purchased The Korner Kitchen in Wakefield. They took great pleasure in serving their community for 14 years before selling the restaurant to their daughter.

Don had a competitive spirit and was a stock car racer. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt, and his favorite team was the Packers.

Since he was an avid outdoorsman and deer hunter, Don absolutely loved going to his camp. He also took great pride in his cottage at Lake Gogebic and spent many happy hours on the lake fishing.

Don was a faithful member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wakefield and a former member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Ramsay.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Don is survived by his beloved wife, Pat; six children, Cindy (Rick) Giackino, Renee Mageria, Diane (Dave) Halberg, Dan Singleton, Pam (Cory) Ozzello and Mike (Lakin) Singleton; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward "Junior" Popko; a sister, Bonnie (Danny) Stella; two sisters-in-law, Fran Benton and Mary Glentz; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son-in-law, Greg Mageria; two grandsons, Mark Ozzello and Dixon Giackino; two sisters, Delores Hetzel and Frances Rodak; and an infant sister.

In accordance with Don's wishes, cremation will take place.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, March 28, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 9:30 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 407 Ascherman St., in Wakefield, with the Rev. Dominic Agyapong, celebrant.

Luncheon will follow at the church hall.

The family would especially like to thank Dr. James Rocco and the professional staff at Regional Hospice for their exceptional care, comfort and support. Their kindness will never be forgotten.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. Condolences may be expressed online at


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