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Donna K. Beckman

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Donna K. Beckman, 69, of Ironwood Township, passed away peacefully at home after a long battle with lung cancer on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.

Donna was born on Jan. 24, 1953, in Ironwood to Elmer and Isabelle (Simonton) Waurio. She attended Roosevelt Elementary School and went on to graduate Luther L. Wright High School in 1971. She attended Gogebic Community College and worked for the Grandview and Aspirus clinic. Donna enjoyed crafting, drawing, painting, knitting and tending to flowers.

She will be missed by her daughter, Tracy (Barry Cole) Bushie of Ontonagon; son, Brian Bushie of Minneapolis; brother, Duane (Penny) Waurio; sister, Debra (Greg) Stano of Iowa; two grandchildren, Kelly and Tyler Dhooge; nephews, special nieces, cousins; and her previous husband, Michael Bushie.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Isabelle Waurio; husband, Harold Beckman; sister, Diane Chiapuzio; and nephew, Kevin Chiapuzio.

A celebration of Donna’s life will take place at Hautala’s Bar in Ironwood Township beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Inurnment is expected to take place next to Harold at Sunset Acres Cemetery at a later date.

The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home to honor Donna’s legacy of life. To make an online condolence or for more information visit

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