- 62 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 28, 1951
- Place of birth:
Burbank, California, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 15, 2013
- Place of passing:
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
|Let the memory of Donna be with us forever|
Love you always. Still think of you often.
Jason, Lulu & Tyler"
I'm sorry that I missed writing to you on your birthday but, as you know, I was in the hospital and it was one day after having my bladder removed. I was thinking about you, hoping and praying that you were with me. There were several times that I could see your face and it was a calming feeling for me. My pathology came out "perfect" with no lymph node involvement. After spending February in hospital, nursing facility and with Jason and Lulu, I am now recovering at home. I wish that I had you here to help me recover. They made me a new bladder out of my small intestine and it will take time for me to learn how to use it and not pee in my bed at night. Besides that, my life should be relatively normal. I continue to pray that you will be at my side and guide me. I love you forever as always."
"I guess I should mention we'll be doing corned beef and cabbage and potatoes like we always used to and this will be Tylers first year coloring Easter eggs... Love always, Jason, Lulu and Tyler"
Sometimes I feel like you are talking through Tyler. It was especially interesting when he went through a phase saying, "Donna's coming...Donna's coming" and we hadn't even taught him your name..." Nevertheless, I still sense you from time to time whether it's my imagination or not. Of course, we still think of you. Love you! Just felt like stopping by. Im sure you're proud of Dad just as we were of you beating cancer."
"Hello my friend,
I knew your birthday was coming up and I waited to tell you how much I miss you. I think of you often and all the times we shared. It's hard to remember everything we did. Times have changed so much, we were so luck to be in our time frame. We were wild, BUT not that wild. You will always be my best friend. April, you will be gone for 3 years. I wish I would have been more pro active and come to see you more often.
It's hard to write you and think of you without crying. How do you say good by to your best friend? Anyway, I thank God for the time we had together. The times we shared with each other and all the experiences we share as friends. We were/are lucky to know each other.
I love you and hope you are watching over all of us. And I hope you are missing us as much as we miss you.
"Happy Birthday Mom!! Love and miss you but know you are watching over us, this week especially!! XOXO We are taking care of dad <3"
"Donna, Happiest of Birthday's to you!! I miss your face and humor here at the Journal :) Love and Hugs to you my dear! Oh, I shared a photo of me and my "hussy" skirt just for you today.
"Happy Mothers Day, Mom. We still think of you and miss you all the time. Im sure you're watching Tyler grow in amazement just like us. Love you always!"
"Hi my friend,
You really never think about the future. You imagine your friend will be around as long as you are, especially because I'm older than you.
I'm sad we didn't get together more often. We always had good times to catch up on and things remembered. Always something to laugh about. I know when I join you we will be the best of friend again, whether we know each other or not.
You are and will always be my best friend. I miss you so, it hurts.
"Hi Mom. Miss you always and still not many days go by that I wish I could call for advice, questions or just to chat. Tyler is now testing his vocal abilities and it reminds me of your Donald Duck voice... :) Im sure you know we've got a new place and your welcome to visit anytime. Just let me know somehow that you're there. Love you!"
My love for you is stronger than ever. I know you are watching down on us. I pray for your continued guidance. My love forever."
"Oh Donna.....You're greatly missed here at APC."
"Missing you today Donna... Can't believe it's been 2 years. You are always on our mind.
Tyler is getting so big! I look at him and think he looks like Jason as a little kid with his big ol' noggin' :)
You would have loved his silly little laugh. I think he gets his reddish hair from you! Love you. I know you are watching down on us from the heavens above."
Today is your birthday. I feel as if you were with me all day. When I came to visit you today I rode your motorcycle so that I could feel closer to you. I still miss you so much but I am thankful for all of our great memories. They will continue to comfort me forever. I love you."
"Happy Birthday my friend. I miss you. I was thinking of something the other day and thought I should ask Donna, she'll remember. But then I remembered I couldn't.
Thank you for your friendship. You have left me with so many good memories. They don't have friendship in this day & time like we did in ours. I really cannot think of one time we were ever mad at each other, I guess that's because we never were. I was going to write you something last night, but I couldn't find the web sight, because Chuck took my computer and I have to sign in using his e-mail. His computer crashed. Anyway, I want you to remember I love you and think of you often. Hopefully, when it's my time, we will meet again and talk of old times. Hope you are taking care of yourself. Love, Carol"
"You feel close today, Mom. Not sure why. Always love you though."
Thinking of you today like many others. Your Bears are playing Jenn's Lions...I think the Lions may take it today. Today, while I was walking Tyler, I was thinking about how thankful I am that you (and Dad) really didn't give much of a damn what other people thought and still had a strong moral compass. Thank you Mom. Love you!"
Our family spent last week in California for your memorial. We went to your Grandmother's homestead,"The Pipes". Jennifer, Jason, Lulu, Jeremiah, Jackson, Tyler, Bill, Raymond, and of course Carol were there to give thanks for your life and all that you were. Joseph was there in spirit. I know that you were there as when we pulled up, we were greeted by the current property owner(he lives in Santa Monica) that just happened to be there. He directed us to the tree where your grandmother's ashes were spread and we spread your ashes there. I just feel that you had a hand in that. I felt so close to you there and the service was beautiful. We all spoke about how much you meant to us. The desert was beautiful, like you, and I remembered how much you loved it there, I remembered the family reunion when we barbequed for everyone at our trailer, but most of all, I remembered the good times with our wonderful family and friends. That will stay with me forever. I will love you forever."
"Damn it, I really miss you.
Remember the Shoup pool every day in the summer?? The hill behind the school?? Man, we have so many adventures to share, I can't remember them all. Remember the time we were walking across the street and I got hit by a car. I remember you came up to me and I asked you what you did with the cigarettes, and you said you ditched them. The next day, you went to the beach with the church group and you called me when I was in the hospital. I remember the times I got to go on family vacations with your family. I don't remember much time spent eating dinner with the family, BUT I do remember swimming in the red tide, fishing with your Dad, cleaning the fish, going to the Officer's Club in Oxnard. Remember the night Joanne, Sue Erickson, you & I went to the drive-in and I got hives and swelled up all over? I I remember going to guitar lessons with you and your Dad, we got to smoke in the car. Did you guys have a HUDSON car? I said something to Bill about a HUNDSON and he didn't remember. Remember our trip to Canada? I remember the time my family went on vacation and we went to the store at midnight to buy a fly swatter.
Remember we had that car, that when you got to 45 MPH it used to shimmy? I guess that's why my Dad used to let me drive it. I hope to
remember a lot of different stories that I can share with your family.
"Hello My Friend,
I have to say I was honored that Larry invited me to spread your ashes. I never got to go to Nana's, so I was honored to be invited. Of course, we miss & love you. It was great to see Larry, Jason, Jennifer and of course the grand kids and, in-laws and of course it was great to see Bill.
Your family is great, BUT they miss you, as I do. We, Larry & I should have been the ones to go first. I hope you hear & see the love we have for you. I enjoyed hearing the stories Larry had to tell about when you were first married and what a trooper you were, BUT of course I already new that. I heard stories I never knew and I hope I shared stories no one had heard. I'm sure you would have as many to share as I do.
Miss you so much. I hope you know what our friendship meant to me. I hope when my time comes, you are there to meet me. We still have a lot to talk & laugh about.
Love, your friend forever,
"Hello my dear friend.
You are missed and loved. I am honored and blessed that your husband asked me to join in the distribution of your ashes. In all the years we knew each other, I never got to go to your grandmother's house. Now I get to see what you thought was very special. I have many, many fond memories of you & I. You will be and are a very special part of me. Walking up to Charlie Walters Pharmacy, going to Sight & Sound, Dairy Queen, Shoup Park, hitch hiking. Our trip to Canada, Pismo Beach & Big Sur. The time you shaved your legs with my father's double edge razor. Eggs on Halloween. I wish I could remember all the fantastic times we shared. I want you to know, that I love you very much, you were like a sister to me. I wish we had more time to share our together. I remember Las Vegas. You & I came in at night, around 12 or 1 and our husbands were sleeping and we had a conversation where we completed each other's sentences. When Joanne & Jim were driving home, Joanne had a pail that she put ice in because they did not have air conditioning. Oxnard!!
I love & miss you. I feel very blessed in this world to have had as good as friend as you. Many people go through life and have no idea what it is like to appreciate some one that they can share anything with.
"Happy Mothers Day, Mom. Thought of you several times today. Love you."
This is my saddest day. One year ago I lost you. You will always be in my heart. I will always love you. We will be together again."
"Miss Donna, You'd be happy to know that I wore the skirt that reminds me most of YOU today. It's the black/white one that has a black tulle' lining that you called me a "hussy" for wearing. You thought it was a slip and it was hanging from the bottom. No offense taken since I knew your comment was all in fun. I miss your sense of humor, sweet smile, and box of goodies that you kept at your desk for everyone to share. Love and hugs to you! Linda MacEachen"
"Thinking of you tonight Donna. I wish you could've met baby Tyler and given him all those kisses OUTSIDE of the womb in person! I'm sure he would have recognized them when he was born :)
I wish you could see what a great father Jason has become too. I couldn't have asked for a better partner in life. Thank you for raising such a great man! Extra hugs and kisses go out to you today mom. I think about you always. You've left all of us with a hole in our hearts since you've passed through the gates of heaven.
"Hi Mom. Miss you. Can't believe it's been a year. Wish we could have your input on raising Tyler and compare him to me. So many conversations we could have. Thanks again for your sacrifices. Love you, Mom. I'll always have you in my heart."
I needed to tell you that your sister, Joanne, passed away suddenly on the 27th of February. In thinking about this, I'm sure that you already know this. I continue to miss you so much everyday. I'm hoping God will comfort Al. I am asking God to comfort your brother Bill also. He is missing both of his sisters so much. I will always think of you for guidance. I will love you always."
"Hello my friend,
I am watching 20/20, they are talking about close friends. I can't believe
what a friend would do to another friend. I feel so blessed to have had
you in my life. We were lucky to have met in the generation that we did. Even now you would look and say we were lucky and blessed.
I miss you so much and remember so many special times we shared.
The gully, Sight & Sound, St. James Church, Las Vegas, Libby's dress shop. I can't tell you all I remember. Shoup Park, the field where they built Hughes Jr. Hi., the time my parents were gone and we went to the store at midnight for no reason. I miss you so much, I can't imagine
how much Larry misses you. I was so blessed, I miss you so much. Even though we didn't see each other often, I knew you would be there for me and me for you. Know I love you and miss you so much. I can't tell you all the things that pop into my head when I think of you and I. I am so sorry we couldn't have had one more time together.
"Hello my friend. Happy Birthday!! Wish you were here. I go over your pictures and it makes me smile. Hope when it's my turn, you are the one to meet me at the gate, that's if I go that way. Always remember you are loved very much. Hope you are the one. Michael, my youngest
is getting married 2/8/14, the last one to do it. Love you very much."
"Happy BIrthday Donna! Remembering the joy of working with you at the Journal and your smile, kindness, laughs and sense of humor. Enjoyed hearing about your motorcycle trips and your love for your family. Lifting up bunches of balloons to you! Hugs! Sandy"
"Happy Birthday Sweetheart! I have been thinking and remembering a lot about you lately. I miss you so much and I am trying to focus on knowing that we will be together again sometime. Your birthday was always so much fun with the crab legs and melted butter on newspaper. I am going to spend the day enjoying my memories of our life together. I will be by to visit you later. Hugs and Kisses always!"
"Happy Birthday Mom!! We Love You....XOXO"
"Happy Birthday to one of the strongest, funniest, and bravest woman I've ever known. Donna, we miss so much about you over here at APC. Celebrate your day with lots of dancing!! Hugs to you my friend, Linda"
"Happy Birthday Mom.
I still think of you often. I smile when I think of you pumping your fist and saying "Yeah!" Hard to explain but, I can see it clear as day. I also remember how you use to bring me close when I was younger and be stern yet loving at the same time so your message was clear and I knew what was important and will make sure I take the same tone when I need to with Tyler. ;-) Thankfully, not for awhile... Love you so much Mom."
"With your birthday quickly approaching I think of the lunches where we would celebrate. Miss you very much and think of you daily. I carry the picture of you and Baby James with me everywhere I go. Wishing we could have one of our talks. xoxo"
"Hello my friend. You are truly missed. Your birthday is coming up soon, you would have been 63 years young. Sorry we can't share your birthday with you, BUT know that you are in our hearts.
Love you very much."
My birthday was yesterday and I missed our celebration so much. I felt that you were with me and that felt good. Jennifer and Jason both called me to wish me a happy birthday. They are the greatest pieces of our marriage and are wonderful. We will always be thankful for your guidance."
"Hi Mom, just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you! Tyler is a cutie, he is going to miss not knowing you but we will all do our best to spoil him for you!! We love you and there isn't a day that goes by that you aren't mentioned, or missed!!"
"Your grandson, Tyler, was born yesterday. Wish you were here in person to celebrate and give advice...Miss you so much. Love you, Mom!!!"
"Thinking of you on this rainy day...remembering how you drove in the snow storm to join us gals for a fun night out! You were in a dream a few nights ago. We had a great talk just as we had when you were here. Sadly it ended with me telling you I wished I could have said goodbye and then I woke up. I hate when that happens. I think of you often and miss you even more. xoxo"
"Love the pics of you and Carol that I had never seen!! Your Bears won today xoxo thought of you a lot today :)... Miss you mom"
"To my best friend, what a tribute your husband has made for you.
I wish we could have gotten together just one more time before you left.
So many memories and good times to remember. It's not the same to remember them alone. I can still hear your laughter. You were a great friend to have. I miss U."
"Hi my love.
Today is our anniversary. I miss you so much. I will miss our usual crableg dinner on newspaper. I am going to the baseball game with Jennifer, Joseph and "the boys". This would have been 44 years. My love for you will always be there."
"Thinking of you during swim season and so grateful for all the time, effort, and love you put into into carting us from sport to sport, coaching us and making sure we made the most out of our childhood. Miss you mom and hope I am and can be half the mom you were. Love you!"
"I love you Donna, more than ever. I am still trying to put the story of our life together and post it here. They say time heals and I'm hoping that it will to some degree. More and more I realize how much I loved you and how your guidance made me who I am. My love for you will never die and our wonderful memories will always live in my heart. I will talk to you later my love."
"Mom, saw you in my dream tonight...you were so real for just a second. I was so happy to see you. And it was so heart breaking when I woke up... Miss you so much."
"Great minds think alike Mom, as I have been thinking of and missing you a lot too. Still can't believe I can't just pick up the phone and talk to you :(. Miss you Mom more than ever!! xoxoxo"
"Love you, Mom. Thinking of you."
"Tribute is from James Notaro Senior,
Donna, the coolest chick ever - always a friendly smile, always a warm greeting, always giving love to friends and strangers alike, always willing to go the extra mile to help someone in need
- goodbye beautiful"
"Donna I think of you every day and miss you very much! You will always be a role model of how to live life to the fullest. I loved how you would tell it like it is and were never afraid to voice your opinion no matter what. I miss your laugh and hearing "Mama" every day as I would cross the parking lot. Miss you so much! Love you always. XOXO"
"Happy Mother's Day my love. I picked up your favorite flowers and put them in the patio for you. I posted a picture of them here. I Love you and miss you."
"Happy Mothers Day Mom! I love and miss you...xoxo"
"Donna, I know you are very proud of raising such a wonderful and strong daughter and mother. Happy Mothers Day Donna! Happy Mothers Day Jenn!"
"Happy Mothers Day, Mom."
"Love you, Mom. Miss you so much."
"What a lady! I know she is riding her bike in HEAVEN!! I worked with her at Publishing Company, what a inspiration she is! Donna was a coast to coast rider, we always talked about where our next ride would take us,where our next journey and adventure on our motorcycles would be. My Heart goes out to her FAMILY! May she ride in PEACE!"
"I miss you mom! Still can't believe your gone. I love you so much!"
"We will all miss Donna at APC. Everytime I walked through the Advertising Department, I could always count on Donna to yell out "Hi, Carl" loud enough for everyone to hear. That was usually followed by a comment that would make me smile. We love you Donna."
"I worked w/ Donna at APC & really didn't get to know her until 5 years ago. We both shared a passion for riding & shared stories of our adventures & all the places we had riden. I was impressed to hear all the Capitols she had riden to & admired her for that & her genuine personality. Every time we saw each other we would say; "It's a great day to ride"! We will all miss you here at APC!"
"Good bye, Donna Sue. I love you and will miss you."
"I feel lucky to have called Donna "friend". I have such fond memories of our bowling, casino, and work adventures. I miss you every day. I will remember you always. Love you Donna."
"Driving home from the Jemez today, we saw many motorcycle couples and thought of the Hardmans....peace to you all. ~ Mary & Len"
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Donna. Her laugh lit up a room & the sparkle in her eye radiated through crowds. Please accept our condolences & read the poem, The Ship, by Charles Henry Brent. We hope it's words are comforting. Love,
The Lofstrom Family"
"Dearest Sweet Donna,
What an impact you had on my life..and you told me the same thing. God bless you Donna, may you rest in peace. To Donna's loved ones, you had the best wife and mom, rejoice in her gifts given to each of you. She was a one of a kind and loved fiercely with all her heart each of us. What a gift! Thank you Donna! Valerie"
My heart goes out to you and your family. I did not know your mother but I do know that she must have been a wonderful woman because as we all know children are a reflection of their parents. And she raise a very fine daughter with a kind and loving heart. Ray & Charlene Sanchez"
"Jennifer and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Donna's wonderful characteristics will live on through all of you!"
"Working with you and all of my other good friends from the Journal was certainly a blessing. You were there, so supportive and loving through weddings, the birth of our little ones and the passing of loved ones. You will forever hold a special place in my heart. I love you, Donna"
"I miss you Mom!"
"Donna passed way too soon but her memory and love live on with Jenn, Jason, their families and you, Larry. Love and peace to all of you. Larry, the life you created with Donna and how the two of you lived your life together was something many only dream of. I consider myself blessed to have shared birthday cakes, laughter and smiles with Donna. ~ Mary"
"Donna, I will really miss you. You always had a great attitude. Your sound effects were always funny. It seems like you lived life to the fullest. I admired you for telling people what you honestly thought and not holding back. My prayers are with your family at this time. God bless you."
"I am so sorry to hear this news...our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! May your memories of her give you strength at this time!
I will never forget Mrs. Hardman as my PE teacher even though I hated sports she was always there with her encouragement. She left a lasting impression on all of us!"
"Donna and I shared many a story about our "wonderful" grandsons. We called each other "Grandma" for that reason. Our grandsons were born around the same time and so are close in age.She will be truly missed by all of us here at APC. She was so friendly and outgoing. My heart goes out to all of you."
"Donna was the sunshine of my day! She always had some wonderful anecdotes to share and we laughed together often. I will always remember her humor and kindness! Peace & Love to the family!"
"To the Hardman Family: I enjoyed working with Donna, she was always
fun and happy, she had a great sense of humor. My sympathy and
prayers to all of you! Pat"
"Your mom was one of my favorite people here at the Journal. Always
willing to help. If she told you she was going to take care of it, you knew
she would, no doubt. You always knew where you stood with Donna, I
liked that about her. I miss her already!"
"So sorry for your loss. Donna I will miss you lots!!! God Bless!!"
"Donna was the best aunt a niece could have. She had such a great spirit, the best laugh, warmest heart and she made a damn good scalloped potato dish. One of my memories as a kid was going to Lake Tahoe where Donna did a belly dance performance with sticks of fire. She was always courageous and beautiful. She will be in my heart forever. xoxoxo"
"Larry, Jennifer, and Jason, I've had the pleasure of working with Donna at APC for several years and is one lady that I will never forget. She was funny, giving, fiesty, and always had the "good" sweets and gadgets at her desk. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time and hold all of those special "Donna" memories close to your heart. God Bless, Linda"
I will miss seeing your smiling face at the Journal everyday. It has been a great honor having known you as both a co worker & friend. You were always willing to help me by driving me home when I had a bad headache. Peace be with you always."
"I have only fond memories of Mrs Hartman! It is only thanks to her that I didn't hate pe in elementary school. She made it fun, and was a wonderful and kind teacher. God bless her."
"She reminded me, and often, of what PE was, and meant...... Will always remember that and thank her for that. :) Muah, Miss Hardman. Miss you!"
"Mom, Thank you for showing me tough love. I didn't always agree but, you were usually right..."
"Many blessings go to the Hardman family for their loss.
We have many good memmories of camping with Donna and Larry. Donna was fun to be with and had a great laugh. She was happy, loving, had a great love for animals. She will truly be missed."
"Nice touch! Thanks for doing this page. I will miss my sister very much."
"Our hearts and prayers go to Larry and Family at this time.The loss of Donna is a sad time for all her neighbors.I will miss her daily morning waves as I picked up my paper and she drove by on her way to work.God bless~Bobbie and LeRoy."
"Our hearts & our prayers go out to the Hardman family. Heaven received a beautiful Angel. We will miss you Donna.
Michael & Janie Sleeth"
"I, by far, wasn't ready to lose you and couldn't have asked for a better Mom! I love you and will miss you everyday"
"I love you, Mom. Thank you for everything."
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