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Donald J. Putnam, age 72 years, of Waterman Road, Vassar, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2007 at his residence. He was born on June 2, 1934 in Tuscola County to the late Donald and Victoria (Cottrell) Putnam.

Donald was a high school graduate of Visitation Catholic School in Detroit. He later moved to Caro where he married the former Sylvia (Wasielewski) Schwaderer on November 11, 1978 in Indian River. Don had been employed in the Maintenance Department at the Caro Center, retiring in 1991 after thirty years of service. He was a member of the Caro Moose Lodge Fraternity #1049, where he held a Fellowship Degree, Moose Legion # 107 and the Vassar Eagles Aerie #2380. Don was also a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Caro. In his spare time he enjoyed camping, canoeing and playing cards. He was known for his love of Western movies, especially those with John Wayne, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Donald is survived by his wife, Sylvia Putnam of Vassar; his children and their spouses, Jessica (Edwin) McCool of Saginaw, Donald Michael (Marie) Putnam of Lewisburg, Tennessee, Julie (Jay) Biache of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, Paul (Renee) Putnam of Fostoria, Leisa (Larry) Lier of Birch Run, Lynne (Randy) Dunnington of Sante Fe, Tennessee, Stefanie Schwaderer of West Hills, California; sixteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Helen Wasielewski Maciejewski; his faithful companion, Scruffy; and several nieces, nephews and close friends.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and their spouses, Donna (Bill) Donovan, Shirley (Paul) Snyder, June (William) Gedro; and one grandson, Justin McCool.

Following Donald's wishes, cremation has taken place.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Caro with Rev. Dennis Kucharczyk officiating.

Rite of Committal will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the Collon Funeral Home on Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

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