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Name: Donna Rosemary Chapman Putman
Spouse: Robert Putman
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Birthdate: February 14, 1925   
Date of Death: August 1, 2009  

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Donna Rosemary Putman, 84, of South Haven, Mich., died Aug. 1, 2009 at home. Always a sweetheart, Donna was born Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1925 in Columbia City to Earl and Nellie Chapman.

Donna had many fond memories of growing up on the family farm with her six sisters and one brother.

She graduated from Columbia City Beauty College before marrying Robert Putman Sept. 20, 1946. Donna and Bob relocated to South Haven, Mich. in 1967 where they co-owned and operated with George and Elizabeth Boardman Wolverine Hardware for many years.

Many remember Donna for the Christmas candies she and Bob made and gave away at the hardware store every holiday season, her addictive chocolate chip cookies and unparalleled scratch-made pies. A great wife, Donna displayed her great love and resolve during the seven years she cared for Bob after his diagnosis with ALS. A wonderful mother and grandmother, Donna instilled in her children a love of children, reading, games and crafts. Donna leaves this world a champion, having never, ever lost a footrace to any of her children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; first child, Michael; sisters, Ethel and Hazel and brother William.

She is survived by one daughter, Kathy (Rob) Bennett of South Haven, Mich.: three sons, Dennis (Claire) of Peoria, Ill., David (Joanne) of South Haven, Mich. and Timothy (Ana) of Grand Rapids, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Jason (Nicole) Putman, Jessica (Shannon) Snow, Jamie (Karen) Putman, Emily (Dave) Davich, Cal Bennett, Matt Bennett, Lauren Bennett, Stellaluna Putman, and Paloma Putman; three step-grandchildren, Chris (Megan) Horan, Jill (Srdan) Selimbegovic and Brandy Horan; four sisters, Carol Schinbeckler of Greenfield, Helen Orcutt of Fort Wayne, Hilda Diffendorfer of Fort Wayne and Jeanette Meyer of Columbia City.

Memorials may be made to South Haven's Hospice at Home or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, 1076 S. Bailey Ave., South Haven, MI 49090. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family's online guest book at

Note: Her son Dennis passed away from cancer a few days later on August 15, 2009.
Last Updated: 01-12-2010 Alumni ID: 12016
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