Donna Fisher Braig, age 90, of Buckeye Lake, entered eternal life on August 7, 2017, at her home on the North Bank of Buckeye Lake where she resided 70 years. She was born August 22, 1927, in a farm house in Glenford. She was the eighth child of the late Frank and Mary (Hoover) Fisher.
Donna attended Hebron School where she graduated with the class of 1945. She was the Class President and Class Valedictorian and a graduate of Capital University. She taught school for 35 years at several area schools including Jacksontown, Hebron, Utica, Licking Valley, Heath, Millersport and Lakewood. She became one the first high school girl’s coaches when Title IX became effective coaching volleyball, basketball, softball and track. She was a licensed OHSAA Basketball Official.
Donna was the Chairwoman of the 1976 Bi-Centennial for Buckeye Lake-Hebron area producing the formation of the Hebron Canal Park. She also chaired the building of the Buckeye Lake Village Park. Her efforts as a leader also resulted in the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Hebron and the Hebron School “Stone Memorial”.
She worked to incorporate the Village of Buckeye Lake and served as President on the first Village Council. Always an historian she served as Chairwoman and the first President of the Buckeye Lake Historical Society and the subsequent building of the Buckeye Lake Museum in 1998. Knowledge of her beloved lake along with the years she worked at the Buckeye Lake Amusement Park, and her collection of Buckeye Lake memorabilia provided much of the archival information and displays.
She was an original member of the First Community Church at Buckeye Lake, having served as Financial Secretary for the building of the new church as it moved to Route 79 from Picnic Point. She taught Sunday School, was a youth leader and held many other offices. She was a 60-year member of the Eagon Chapter of the Eastern Stars, Buckeye Lake Museum Life Member, Buckeye Lake Firebelles Charter Member, Licking County Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary, Buckeye Lake Youth Association, Hebron High Alumni, Eagles, and the VFW. Several honors were bestowed on her including Lakewood High School Wall-of-Fame, Community Service Award by the Masons of Ohio, Service to Mankind Award, Lakewood Sertoma and the Hall of Fame of Hebron Alumni.
She was a celebrated Author of “My Buckeye Lake Story” and “Buckeye Lake Memories”. She worked as news writer for the Newark Advocate, the Hebron Tribune, and the Buckeye Lake Shopper with feature stories focused on the history of Buckeye Lake and its people.
Donna is survived by two children a daughter, J-me Bogden (Emil) of Buckeye Lake and a son, Robin Braig of Daytona Beach, Florida; two grandchildren, McKenzee Williams (Alex), Savanna Holmberg (Graham); four great- grandchildren, Kenlee Williams and Storm, Hatalie and Holt Holmberg; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins; and her very special friend, Kaye Hartman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Braig; a daughter, Beth Ann Braig; a grandson, Storme Lee Wilson; and seven brothers and sisters.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at the First Community Church, 4381 Walnut Road in Buckeye Lake on Thursday, August 10, at 7 p.m. with Dr. Jim Schnell, officiating. Family and friends may call prior to the service from 5-7 p.m. A gathering will be held following the service at the Buckeye Lake Museum.
In lieu of flowers, Donna requests donations be made in memory to her museum, the Buckeye Lake Historical Society, Box 1 Buckeye Lake, OH 43008.
Please visit www.hendersonvanatta.com to view a memorial and to leave a message of condolence for the Braig family.