May 13, 1951 - Sep 08, 2021


Thomas J. Donckers, 70, of Marquette, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, September 8, 2021 at his home.Tom was born on May 13, 1951 in Marquette to the late Frank and Elizabeth (Anderson) Donckers.Tom was a member of the last class to graduate from Bishop Baraga Central High School in...


Sep 24

Graveside Service

Friday, September 24, 2021
11:00 am

Holy Cross Cemetery

1400 Wright Street
Marquette, MI 49855

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May 13, 1951 - September 08, 2021

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B Bill Ombrello September 26, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to Toms family. Umpired many games with Tom and worked with him many years. There was a lot of good times bowling. RIP my friend.

P Penny Dupras Smith September 24, 2021

Rest in peace Tommy. Hugs and healing prayers for your family.

S Susan Thronson September 22, 2021

Rest in peace, Tom; and extending my sympathy to Frank, Fritz and grandchildren.

B Boone September 22, 2021

The adventures we shared in the Flattop Wilderness and Ashcroft were epic. I plant this beautiful tree in honor of a magnificently soul. SADDLE UP!Memorial Tree was purchased for the family of THOMAS JOHN DONCKERS by Boone. Plant a tree

B Boone September 22, 2021

The adventures we shared in the Flattop Wilderness and Ashcroft were epic. I plant this beautiful tree in honor of a magnificent soul. SADDLE UP!Memorial Tree was purchased for the family of THOMAS JOHN DONCKERS by Boone. Plant a tree

B Betty J. Richer September 21, 2021

Fond and fun memories of Tom in the 60's at Doncker's. We were so full of mischief, and would laugh to the point if tears! As I look at wedding photos, there you are..with your gang, always the funster. May wonderful memories help to heal the hearts that grieve your loss. Condolences to the dear Donckers family.

B Brett Schwenke September 21, 2021

My deepest condolences to Tom's family. I have fond memories going hunting with Tom back in the day. Rest in peace.

J Jay Lauscher September 21, 2021

Tom was a big brother to me growing up in Shiras Hills. I learned a lot being around him and his family. Going to miss you buddy!

Jay Lauscher
Dade City, FL

H Helen Forsberg September 20, 2021

Dear Tom, rest in peace and may your memory be eternal.

B Butch and Ellen Fassbender September 19, 2021

Our sincere condolences go out to Frank and his family on the loss of Tom. He was a good friend and will always remember the good memories we share.

M Mary Anderson September 18, 2021

Great memories going to Donkers after class at Bishop Baraga & ordering my favorite turtle sundae with all our friends Take care of our Lords sweet tooth Tom🙏🏻😇🌹

G Grace Chaillier September 18, 2021

The members of BBCHS class of 1969 have so many memories of all our times spent together. Tom is an integral element of those recollections. He will be missed by many. Walk with the Creator, Tom, until we all join you.

J Jane Milkie September 17, 2021

Expressing sympathy at the passing of Tom. I will miss seeing him hard at work in the School of Art and Design, along with his friendly hello. May he rest in peace.

G Gail Fingel September 15, 2021

You will be missed my friend...just thinking of you brings a smile to my face remembering all the fun times and the laughs. Rest in peace.

D Doc Myers September 15, 2021

I lost track of Tommy when we quit playing ball together in the late seventies. It is nice to learn from reading these tributes that Tom continued through life as a good and loyal friend to many. I'll remember Tom as a friend but also as a good-fielding, aggressive second baseman and a savvy manager for his eponymous team. He enjoyed the game and, above all, was a good teammate. I hope we meet once again on that big Hurley Field in the sky.

K Kerry McGinley September 14, 2021

Tom and I had some great times together in the 60s and 70s. Playing softball for Donckers and drinking a few snowshoes together are among the many highlights. None of it is forgotten and some really great memories. RIP my friend.
Kerry “Deke” McGinley

K Kathy Akerley September 13, 2021

My sympathy goes out to Frank and family on the loss of Tom. Such a kind and gentle man. He will be missed.

C Chuck Langlois September 12, 2021

My sincere sympathy to Frank and his family on the passing of Tommy. Fond memories abound of growing up with the Donkers clan and Tommy.
May he rest in eternity at peace

p patti and tom beaudry September 12, 2021

Tom, we loved you the entire time we knew you . In good times and bad . You were always tom's best buddy growing up. I remember after our wedding ,you drove right up the sidewalk and up to the front door oh the hospital so we could all go in to see my uncle Cliff . It made his day. we will miss you and I know you are resting in peace . Frank and family you have our deepest sympathy . Tom and Patti Beaudry

T Tom and Mary Zorza September 12, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was just a really nice guy. My condolences to the family. He will be missed by the Class of 69!

M Melissa Alan September 11, 2021

I enjoyed working with Tom at NMU. He was always so friendly, quick to smile and laugh, and happy to help out. “Hey there Meliss” followed by his low saluting hand gesture…always made me smile. My condolences to the family.

C Christine Lenzen September 11, 2021

Tom was one of my favorite people to run into in the halls of the Art & Design building. He never failed to great me by name with a smile, a nod, and occasionally a laugh. He was a genuinely kind man and he’ll be greatly missed. ❤️

C Charlie Gray September 11, 2021

Tommy what can I say. Wow memories that you and I talked about just 2 wks ago. Umpiring games on the ole diamond. Duck and goose hunting together back in the 80's. Oh and the ole bowling team. The Candy Store Basement and the code to get in was 2 longs and a short. That was on the door buzzer. Talking to you Tommy (or as I called him Thomas and he called me Charles) over the past several years monthly we chatted, were always special to me. You are and will always be my favorite Rrrascal for sure. I am going to miss our chats and visits when I get back to the U.P. and on the phone talking long distance. Thomas you are forever graphed in my heart and memories and I thank you so much for that. To Tommy's entire family friends I send my condolences and heart felt sorrow over his passing. Thomas we never said goodbye to one another we always said "see ya later". With that I love ya you ole Rascal and miss ya See ya Later.

S Steven Ritenour September 11, 2021

RIP TOMMY you are no longer in pain and I am sure you and Dave Turenne along with Scott Gipp are calling balls and strikes somewhereMemorial Tree was purchased for the family of THOMAS JOHN DONCKERS by Steven Ritenour. Plant a tree

B Barbara Fassbender September 11, 2021

I met Tommy thru his umpiring . He always had a smile on his face and his laughter was infectious. He will be greatly missed by so many. Rest in peace Tommy, may God watch over you. My condolences to his family and the many friends he has left behind way to early! Tim and Barb Smith

B Bill Langlois September 10, 2021

Too many memories to share in this writing, but a highlight was underage adventures in the Doncker's candy store after hours. Back door entry from the alley, up to the basement of the store on Washington St., sitting on boxes of french burnt nuts, chocolate covered peanuts, almond clusters, etc....and enjoying whatever brand of beer we could convince someone to buy. Always alert to sudden noises from above making sure we had ample time for escape from our mis-doings. Such exciting childhood times Tom...We also had some very wonderful adult times, acting like children, on numerous trips to Rhinelander, Wisonsin for the annual softball tournaments. Boy, we sure had fun being reckless.
My sympathies to Frank and Fritz on Tom's passing, but he chose his direction, as he did throughout his lifetime.
May he rest in peace.

J JAYNE MARIE ZORZA September 10, 2021

When I was five Tom lived two doors from me on Third Street. He was the top guy in Cowboy and cops and robbers. I remember going to his house and playing with his toy horses. I remember his dog always in the doghouse by the back door. My condolences to Frank and the Family Jayne Bourque { Zorza}

K Kurt Greising September 10, 2021

I got to work with Tom on different occasions while I was NMU. He was always the first to lend a hand and very honest in his opinions.A good man gone too soon.

D Dave Balbierz September 10, 2021

Tom was a awesome witty good friend. Can't remember the first time we met but I'll never forget him. His laughter brings a smile to my face. Many good times.

L Liz Langlois Ellis September 9, 2021

We're so sorry to hear this news about Tommy. We shared such great high school memories together. We hope he is at peace now. Pkease know we all share in your sadness.

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