Michael T. O’Donnell, 85, passed peacefully at his Spring Lake, MI home February 1, 2021. Born January 3, 1936, to the late Dr. Francis J. (Doc) O’Donnell and Marie Quinn (Fitzpatrick) O’Donnell. A native of Alpena who grew up sailing the Thunder Bay, fishing McGinn Creek, and a proud Catholic Central football and basketball athlete. Mike continued his education at Notre Dame prior to serving his country in the Korean War.
Mike returned to Alpena where he met and married his wife, Marcia Alexandria (Smith) O’Donnell, and together raised their family. After working in the construction industry, Mike enjoyed a fulfilling career at Huron Distributors of Alpena. Upon retirement, he became an avid reader and woodworker, but his true love was spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Mike and Marcia would have celebrated their 60th anniversary of marriage this February 4, 2021. Mike is survived by his loving wife Marcia and 6 children; Francis & Stella (Scott) O’Donnell, Timothy O’Donnell, Colleen & Mark Jacobs, Marney Kloote, Stacy Rieger, and Ryan & Sarah (Genshaw) O’Donnell, 12 grandchildren; Mia (Matt Woodard) O’Donnell, Emma O’Donnell, Frankie O’Donnell, Tyvon Scott, Jack O’Donnell, Alex Jacobs, Saidee (Don) Homant, Clay Jacobs, Maggie (Alex) Sullivan, Jimmy Kloote, Quinn Rieger, Gracey Rieger, and Neena O’Donnell. Also surviving are his sisters; Margaret Yockey, Sarah Homant, along with several nieces and nephews.
Mr. O’Donnell was preceded in death by siblings, Francis O’Donnell, Patricia O’Donnell, John (Joyce) O’Donnell; two brothers-in-law, William Yockey and Michael Homant.
We will remember Michael for his devout faith in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit...
God Bless You; Let’s Go Irish!
Visitation will take place Saturday, February 6, 2021 at St. Anne Church of All Saints Parish from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joseph Muszkiewicz officiating. Livestreaming will be available for those unable to attend at www.bannanfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to his granddaughter’s school, Zeeland Christian School at zeelandchristian.z2systems.com in Mike’s memory.