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Dona Torbenson Sheehan


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Dona Torbenson Sheehan Obituary
Dona Torbenson Sheehan

June 23, 1943 - Sept. 1, 2018

CEDAR, MI - Dona Torbenson Sheehan, 75, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. Dona was born June 23, 1943, in Lawton, Oklahoma, the daughter of Charles and Thelma “Sally” (Lockery) Torbenson.

Dona's husband used to joke that the spelling of her first name meant that there had been a typo on her birth certificate, but perhaps her parents had actually realized that dona in Latin means gifts.

Dona certainly had outstanding gifts. As a sister to Gifford, Kristine, and Joni, she had the gifts of loyalty, patience, and love.

As a friend to many, she had the gifts of empathy and sympathy, qualities that ensured lifelong connections to acquaintances scattered across the country whom she encountered from childhood onwards.

As a parent, she had the gifts of loving guidance and protection, raising a stalwart son who eventually achieved the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel before retiring from the Army.

As a student, she had the gifts of intuition and persistence, qualities that eventually led her to a master's degree in Nursing from Xavier College in Chicago.

As a psychiatric nurse assigned to Hines Veterans Hospital in a western suburb of Chicago, she had the gift of healing, giving comfort to veterans who had been scarred by the horrors of war.

And as a wife, she had the gifts of devotion and attention, pledging to Michael on the first day of their marriage that she would never knowingly say or do anything to cause him pain or anxiety -- a vow that she kept until the day of her death.

Dona is survived by her husband, Michael J. Sheehan Sr., a son, Gifford Haddock (Antoinette); a stepson, Michael Sheehan Jr.; her siblings, Gifford Torbenson, Kristine Casini, and Joni Ambler; her grandchildren, Nicolette, Alexis, and Giavanna Haddock; her special friends, Marlys Brandy, Moira Dowling, Danielle Arens, and Amanda Raymond, and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Services in South Bend will be held Sunday, Sept. 30. Friends and family may call at M.R. Falcons, 3212 Keller Street, South Bend, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. with a service to follow at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the , 1755 Abbey Road, East Lansing, MI 48823.

Condolences may be shared with Dona's family at www.martinson.info.

Arrangements are with Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Leelanau.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 16, 2018
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