Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 23, 2014

Donna L. Cochrun

TRAVERSE CITY — Donna Lou Cochrun, 83, of Traverse City and formerly of St. Johns, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City. Donna was born on July 2, 1930, to the late Howard and Edith Pendell in Gratiot County.

She attended and graduated from Carson City High School.

On Sept. 25, 1949, in Sethton, Gratiot County, Donna married Robert C. Cochrun. They made their home and raised their family in St. Johns for 48 years prior to moving to Traverse City in June of 2003.

Donna retired in 1991 while working for Clinton County.

The greatest highlight in Donna’s life was her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking and telling stories about her siblings, children and grandchildren. She always found something good in everyone and enjoyed life by helping those in need.

Donna is survived by her husband, Robert, of Traverse City; three sons, Robert (Barbie) Cochrun, of Lansing, Richard Cochrun, of Traverse City, and Steve (Julie) Cochrun, of Birmingham, Ala.; a daughter, Debra Potisek, of Cary, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Nicholas (Melissa) Potisek, Sara (Miguel) Valencia, Christopher (Courtney) Potisek, Emily Potisek, Josh, Alisha and Evan Cochrun and Steven L. Cochrun Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Finnegan, Piper and Samuel; and her sisters, Mozelle Peters, of Carson City, and Shirley Gingrich, of Niceville, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m., at New Haven Church of the Brethren, 7587 Grant Road, Middleton.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests a donation be made in her memory to the Munson Hospice House, c/o Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, 1500 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684;

Please share your memories and thoughts with Donna’s family by way of her online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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