LOWELL - Donna S. Michael, age 72, a resident of Lowell passed away peacefully on Friday, June 29th at Greystone Farm at Salem, NH. She was born in Somerset on June 3, 1946, and was the daughter of the late Manuel "Mike" and Rose (Barboza) Michael of Somerset.
Donna was a 1964 graduate of Somerset High School in Somerset, MA. She also received both her bachelors and her master's degrees at Lowell State College. She was the founder of the Miguel School of Music in Dracut, MA where she taught both accordion and piano. She taught music for over 35 years to countless students and put many on the path to music as a vocation or avocation for life. She enjoyed her weekly commute to Canton as she continued to spread her love for music. As a school teacher at both the Morey and McCaullife Lowell public schools, she also taught classroom music to students for more than 25 years.
She found joy in music, friends, golf, progressive politics, speaking her mind, a good joke, and good Portuguese food. She also loved to travel and over the course of several decades visited many states, countries, and more than the occasional island paradise.
She is survived by her brother Paul A. and his wife Claudette Michael of Huntsville, She is also survived by her three nephews and three nieces and ten grand nephews and nieces: Gregory P. Michael & Jody Michael of Mobile, AL; her godson Geoffrey B. Michael & Kelly Hopkins of Winthrop, MA; Liz Michael Stone of Lee, NH; Madelene Michael Marcus & Mark Marcus of Madison, AL; Christene Michael Gibbons & Grant Gibbons of Dubai, U.A.E.; and Matthew S. Michael & Shayna Michael of Amman, Jordan.
She will be sorely missed by her family, her caretakers at Greystone Farms (where she had been nicknamed "The Mayor"), all of her former students and friends which she consider family.
ARRANGEMENTS - Relatives and friends are invited to attend Donna's Life Celebration at the MCKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth Street, Lowell on Thursday, July 5th from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM followed by her Funeral Service at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Her burial will be on Friday at 11:00 AM in Notre Dame Cemetery in Fall River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donna's memory to the Alzheimer's Association of MA/NH, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham MA 02452.