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“Dear Bernie, Steve & Brian - I am so sorry to hear about Dona's passing. I don't remember a lot about growing up in Marquette but I do remember...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Julie Albeck Brouillette - TN

“We were long time neighbors, friends, Cub Scout leaders together. Our three boys were the exact same age as Dona and Bernie's. We spent a lot of...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Phyllis and Stan Albeck - TX

“Terri and the family of Dona: as neighbors growing up, we have fond memories of Dona. May God be with you at this time. Take care. Theresa and...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Theresa Rose - Marquette, MI

“Brian, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Julie Lowery - Marquette, MI

“To all of the Pelto Family, Mike and I want to extend our sympathies to all of you in your tremendous loss. I am sure she will be greatly missed, but...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Peggy & Michael Connors - MI

“Condolences to the Pelto family from a former neighbor on the loss of a loved one. The long suffering mortal coil has been cast off and the soul is...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Emil Vajda - Marquette, MI

“Bern, Your Children, Family and Friends..We share in your loss and offer you our deepest sympathy. God's Peace to you and his Richest Blessings on...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Carl & Doris Pellonpaa - MI

“Steve, Wendy, Courtney & Meredith, Your mother and grandmother was a very special woman. She was such a caring woman with a huge heart which she...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Tassi Hodgins - Marquette, MI

“Steve, Wendy, Courtney, Meredith and Family- Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Courtney Beecher - Marquette, MI

“Mrs. Pelto was a great woman and a true friend to our Johnson family for years. My heart felt sorrow to Mr. Pelto, Steve, and Brian. Cherish the...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Mark Johnson - Daytona Beach, FL

“Steve, Wendy, Courtney and Meridith, Just wanted to say that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God carry you in the palm of his hand at this...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Lorens - Skandia, MI

“Steve, Wendy, Courtney, Meridith and Bern. Our deepest condolences for your loss. Dan and Jill Mahoney ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Dan Mahoney - Carrollton, KY

“Dona was truly a very special lady. She will be missed by not only the famly she cherished but by all of us who were blessed to know her. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Scott White - Marquette, MI

“Brian, call me. Steve, Wendy, Courtney, Meredith and Uncle Bern...."Aunty" Dona will always live in our hearts. May we all find peace in the humor of...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Tim Davis - Wytheville, VA

“Bern, Steve, Wendy, Courtney, Meridtith and Brian: We are totally in shock. Our hearts go out to all of you. We know there are no comforting words at...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Bonnie and Bill Egr - Dallas, TX

“Steve, Wendy, Courtney and Meredith, we are very sorry for your loss. May the presence of God be with you and comfort you during this difficult time...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Neil, Edie, Grace, Asrat and Charlotte Newcomb - MI


Dona M. Pelto, 77, of 813 W. Fair Avenue, Marquette, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Sunday morning, May 30, 2010 at her home. Mrs. Pelto was born on June 13, 1932 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Alphonse and Signe (Hietala) Remillard. She attended John D. Pierce School through the 8th grade and graduated from Graveraet High School in 1949. She later graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Detroit and was employed as a lab technician there. Upon returning to Marquette, Dona was employed by Northern Michigan University in the comptroller's office. She also attended NMU. In 1953, Dona married Bern Pelto at St. Michael's Catholic Church. After her son Steve was born, she became a stay at home mother. Dona was a member and officer of the Junior Woman's Club and enjoyed playing bridge with friends. She was a room mother at Whitman Elementary School for both her sons and was a Cub Scout leader as well. Dona received her real estate license in 1971. She was a member of the National Association for Female Executives, was a member of the Michigan and National Association of Realtors, and the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors. She worked for State Wide for many years before helping her son establish Look Realty in 1977 where she was the office manager until retiring from real estate in 2003. She was an active member of St. Peter's Cathedral where she previously served on the parish council, the church's Social Justice Committee and also its altar society. She was also a former usher at the cathedral, belonged to the prayer line and helped out at funeral lunches. She was a former Zonta Club member. For approximately five years, she was a volunteer at Beacon House. Dona's great joy was her two granddaughters who called her "Nama." She loved their Saturday night "dates" and later attending their functions at school, dance and piano recitals. Both granddaughters followed in her footsteps as high school cheerleaders. Dona also enjoyed her Friday meetings with several friends for coffee or card playing and their birthday outings. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bern Pelto; two sons, Steve (Wendy) Pelto and Brian Pelto; two granddaughters, Courtney and Meredith Pelto all of Marquette; one sister, Terry (Bob) Davis of West Palm Beach, FL as well as several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. in St. Peter Cathedral with the Rev. Timothy Ekaitis officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home where a parish prayer service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Entombment will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Arlene Herlich, Rita Angeli, Joanne Tasson, Martha Rice, Jan Frazier, Jan Vickstrom and Sally Nelson. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider St. Peter Cathedral or Father Marquette Schools in Mrs. Pelto's memory.