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Pleasanton woman killed in scooter accident on Foothill Road Saturday

Original post made on May 18, 2009

A 40-year-old Pleasanton woman died after crashing her scooter into a tree on Foothill Road just south of the Castlewood Country Club, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 18, 2009, 10:28 AM

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm

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Okay, two questions I gotta ask. Was she wearing a helmet? Was she talking on a cell phone?


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Posted by Kick Him Off
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm

AVHS Dad, you are an IDIOT! Jeb, delete his comment and kick him out permanently. This was someone's daughter, mom or wife that died. If you think your comment is witty, you're so wrong!


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Posted by Robyn
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 18, 2009 at 5:16 pm

She was a Daughter,Wife, Mother, Aunt, and friend to many.
Yes she was wearing a helmut.No she was not talking on the phone.
She will be missed by many.
She was a very happy always positive, compassionate person and had a great smile!
This was just a horrible accident. Please try to have some compassion and realize that she will be missed by many and her family & friends are very sad today, and will miss her deeply.
Thank you


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Posted by Cesar
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 18, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Condolences to the family.

To AVHS Dad. Everyone will die.

I hope when I die, that someone doesn't search for evidence that I was responsible for my own passing as if it could have been prevented. "He was a heavy smoker, He didn't take care of himself, he didn't wear a helmet", are insensitive things people say.

She was having fun riding a scooter at 45 years old! What a wonderful women she must have been.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 18, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I find nothing wrong with asking reasonable questions and I don't understand why so many posters are angry. Why are you so full of hate...Cesar,Daughter, Robyn & Kick?

Like Qwerty said about little girls that were raped by henry, take a pill! Where were you when he cracked off?

He said it, I didn't.


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Posted by bobbi
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm

so sorry and my sympathy to her family and friends.


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Posted by Al
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 18, 2009 at 11:04 pm

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee..."


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Posted by Concerned Poster
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 19, 2009 at 7:03 am

I think people like Cholo and AVHS Dad should be banned from commenting on this site.....how sad that AVHS Dad is part of the Amador family community!!!!!!!You really give us a bad name!!!!!!


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Posted by Compassionate Mom
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 19, 2009 at 8:49 am

God rest her soul and may the compassion of family, friends and strangers bring stength to this family. Pray too for the poor fools who do not know any better than to make ugly comments at a time like this.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Old Towne
on May 19, 2009 at 8:52 am

We are sorry for the family's loss. Whether it be someones child, a wife, a mother, a neighbor, or a friend, she will be missed by many. Our prayers are with the family at this time of mourning.


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Posted by concerned
a resident of Birdland
on May 19, 2009 at 9:01 am

robyn, I knew her & her daughter whom my son has gone to school with for many years. I have been worried about this when I first read about it on Sunday. So far, I don't believe the school has addressed it to the other students. Do you know how her daughter is doing and if there is family nearby that are with her? My heart goes out to them. This was a terrible tragedy, and a wonderful mom indeed she was ...


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Posted by raj
a resident of Ironwood
on May 19, 2009 at 9:03 am

My condolences to Donna's family. It is very unfortunate this happened and just to re-iterate what others have said, it is something that happens unexpectedly and that is why it is called an accident. It can happen to anyone of us.


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Posted by Another Scooter Mom
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 19, 2009 at 9:38 am

I ride a scooter to work every day, and am understandably cautious. Unfortunately, no matter how careful we are, accidents still happen. It breaks my heart to think of how crushed my husband and children would be if anything happened to me. My thoughts and prayers will be with Donna's family and friends, such an unexpected and devastating loss. Is there someone close to the family who knows what they might need? Some meals? Help around the house? Would like to help in some way.
To those who are tempted to be sarcastic or flippant, PLEASE show some compassion - put yourself in this family's shoes and choose your words carefully. You may be able to hide behind anonymity, but you still have to live with your own conscience.


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Posted by Franco Longista
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 19, 2009 at 10:24 am

What a very sad situation. I feel very sorry for her family and loved ones. BUT, its a wake-up call for just how unforgiving it can be to ride biycles, scooters, mopeds, etc., especially on heavily travelled roads.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 19, 2009 at 11:22 am

CP...why are you so full of hate. A woman has just lost her life and you're running off at the mouth with hate? sad...

RIP


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

If this was a 15 year old kid rather than a 45 year old woman, would the reactions to my questions have been the same? The article said she "veered off the road and crashed into a tree". Nobody other than me wondered why? I often see people riding bikes (motorized or not) without helmets. I see people talking on cell phones while driving all the time. I asked to try to make sense of a senseless death. Believe it or not, my condolences go out to her friends and family.


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Posted by No redemption now
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on May 19, 2009 at 12:38 pm

AVHS Dad: it's too late to try and redeem yourself now. When I saw your first comment I was tempted to say something then. Now, anytime I see a post by YOU it will be ignored as you have zero credibility with me now. And I agree with previous posters that you must be an idiot or something akin to that.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Sometimes asking appropriate questions is a good deed. Like they say, no good deed goes unpunished in Plutonia!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 19, 2009 at 12:48 pm

NoR...why are you so full of hate and unforgiving? You're sad...


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 19, 2009 at 12:56 pm

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No redemption now: Have a nice day.


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Posted by No redemption now
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on May 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Life and Death

The two old, simple problems ever intertwined,
 Close home, elusive, present, baffled, grappled.
 By each successive age insoluble, pass'd on,
 To ours to-day--and we pass on the same.

Walt Whitman,
(1819 – 1892)


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Posted by Appalled
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Cholo and AVHS Dad should both be kicked off this site permanently, please Jeb - take a look at their postings throughout this site and do the right thing - they both are equally appalling and disrespectful to just about anyone and everyone on here....never sticking to the topic and generally disruptive, it's known as internet trolls by some...you will do us all a favor by throwing them out!

as for this headline, very tragic, very tragic indeed - no matter WHAT she was doing!


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 19, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

AVHS Dad,

Just sit back and enjoy the raw humanity in these posts and don't take any of it personally (perhaps laugh at it too). It can be a million other stories similar to this one and the comments are all the same. I know you meant no harm in asking your questions. The answers were not in the article.

Condolences to the family too.


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Posted by You B
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Stacey, you've just put yourself in the same company as the other two. What sad, pitiful lives you all must have. Seriously, do some soul searching and decide if your comments are really relevant to this sad story.


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Posted by Einstein
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on May 19, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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The poor woman and her family as well. Very unfortunate and sad. I am so sorry for their loss.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 19, 2009 at 2:30 pm

why are so many of you sooooooooooo fullll of it?


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Posted by Janet
a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on May 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm

What in the world are some people thinking?? A life was lost how heart breaking for the family and friends. It makes me ill to think some people have no compassion. What a bunch of idiots, to put it mildly.


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Posted by JP
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm

The area of the road where the accident happened is beautiful and scenic and I know it's easy for one to get caught up in the beauty and maybe not be as attentative as one should be. It also happens I was there just after the accident happened....and if you saw the attempts to save Donna, you wouldn't ask these terribly hurtful questions. Godspeed to her, her family and friends.

a local bicyclist


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 19, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

You B,

And I'll gladly put myself in the same company rather than feign being appalled and angry at them. Besides, who said there's no compassion? Is being angry at someone else your idea of compassion?


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 19, 2009 at 3:12 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Another question:
I wonder how many "objectionable content" hits I've had for my post?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm

AVHS Dad,

you need some serious therapy dude.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Sorry imposter, the cholo about this one is not mine. hahahahahahahaha...busted!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Correction: ...the Cholo above...

miss janet, who are the some people that you're referring to...the mean spirited folks like. ...who?


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Posted by n/a
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm

she was someone's mother and it's so sad what happened to her. can you imagine what it must feel like not to live with a mother? this isn't a place for people to fight. i'm praying for her family.


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Posted by person
a resident of Parkside
on May 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm

can i just say that it is extremely funny to watch you people fight here? but seriously though, RIP to the woman


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Posted by Scarlet
a resident of Oak Tree Acres
on May 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I happen to come across this very sad accident Saturday morning. I send my condolences to Donna's Husband and daughters that she left behind. There were heroic measures taken to try and save her and I will never forget the people that so willingly stopped and performed CPR. It was just an accident on a beautiful Saturday Morning.


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Posted by A Pleasanton Neighbor
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 19, 2009 at 4:58 pm

To the family and friends of Donna,

I am so very sorry for your loss.

My prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time for all of you.

God bless you,

A Pleasanton Neighbor


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Posted by The Jackal
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm

ok its official, I'm not leaving my home when a simple adventure of a scooter down the street results in such a horrible tragedy.

My prayers go to her family and friends.


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Posted by Anja the gal with the big red truck
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on May 19, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Donna my friend, you will be missed by everyone who knew you. Donna was the sweetest woman I have ever met. She had a kind word and smile for everyone. She was so happy and loved her daycare. Donna was looking forward to summer and all the wonderful things she planned to do with her girls and her "Kids" from daycare. I will miss our afternoon chats while we waited for school to let out. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Such a devastating loss for us all. Donna, you will forever be in our hearts.


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Posted by Father of 2
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on May 19, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Donna was the director of a daycare that my children went to for several years. She was a very friendly, kind-hearted woman who cared deeply about the children placed in her trust. She greeted parents with smiles every day and made each child feel her warmth. Moreover, she bent over backwards when my children were in need. My family was extremely fortunate to have crossed paths with her. Her passing is a blow to the Pleasanton community. God bless Donna's husband and family.


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Posted by Freedom of Speech
a resident of Livermore
on May 19, 2009 at 10:50 pm

to the AVHS Dad

FREE SPEECH! this is the United Stated of America and you can sat whay you want. Go for it. I will for sure.
this is a place to post comments not to mourn the dead one. I bet she was talking on a cell phone while putting on make up and listening to her Ipod.
We all have opinions.
maybe she was a wonderful mother but then that what they said about the woman that drowned her 5 kids.
Come on- everyone gets a chance in this country. and all because I am Livermore--don't put me down. I have lived in this area longer then most of you for sure.


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Posted by Virtue and restraint
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 19, 2009 at 11:40 pm

"Freedom of speech" - Just because you can say anything you want in this country, doesn't mean you should. Perhaps you haven't learned that basic concept of civility toward one another, particularly when people are grieving.

People that don't like your in-poor-taste comments, aren't always thinned skinned, they are just looking at your insensitivity and insulance and feel embarrassed by you. Your poor parents!

I certainly won't expect a reply since by your own standards I can say whatever I want and you shouldn't care.


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Posted by Sherri
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on May 19, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Donna was a wonderful person and she will be sorely missed. She was the director of Children's World in Pleasanton where my girls went to pre school. She was passionate, full of life, a mother, wife and a friend. No she wasn't talking on her cell phone and she was wearing a helmet. This is a tragic accident and someone is dead as a result of it. Regardless of freedom of speech, does it really matter what happened to cause her death.


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Posted by mary
a resident of Del Prado
on May 20, 2009 at 12:24 am

Thank you to those who've shared insights into who Donna was. When I shared just the briefest of details with my son and husband, they smiled to think that this happy mom was enjoying a jaunt on her scooter on a beautiful day. They, too, enjoy motorized bikes. She will be missed.

Sympathies to her family.


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Posted by Leonard
a resident of Livermore
on May 20, 2009 at 6:34 am

Sorry for the families loss, she sounds like a very nice person to know.

I'd bet anyone of you, that in the back of your minds, you too ask why in your own way?

Free speach yes, but this is not the place to for fighting words. Those that are fighting back sould be a shamed of yourselfs during a time of family needs.

Let the QUESTION's fly, it's the answer that people are afraid of.

MY CONDOLENCES TO HER AND HER FAMILY.

THE FAMILY IS/ARE IN NEED OF SUPPORT. I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT NONE OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS LOG INTO THIS WEBSIT, HOW SENFUL SOME OF YOU ARE.
LET THE QUESTION's FLY.


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Posted by Lucky Guy
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 20, 2009 at 7:07 am

I read this article and am saddened that Donna lost her life. My sympathies are with her loved ones. As I read the article on the accident, an ad was staring me in the face and it was advertising the Juanita Haugen Community Character Award. Many of you in this thread deserve the Community Village Idiot Award. This thread is by and large an example of our Community of Pathetic Characters.


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 20, 2009 at 7:57 am

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Freedom of Speech: How can you profess "free speech" while saying "this is a place to post comments not to mourn the dead one".
Of course people can mourn here. That's free speech too!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 20, 2009 at 8:19 am

AVHS Dad,

you are an idiot so please stay off of these posts. If you want to continue to post please use your real name so we will know how you are and to stay away from you.


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Posted by Chris
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2009 at 9:25 am

Anytime Jeb...please shut this nonsense down....


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 20, 2009 at 9:33 am

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Me thinks that be a "Cholo" impersonator.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 20, 2009 at 12:08 pm

You're right, another wannabe Cholo! Imposter BUSTED! HOORAY!

I agree that this is not the place for fakes to pretend to be mourning the death of anybody. If you're too tight to spend money on a sympathy card then get lost. Post someplace else. This site is for those of us who prefer the high road and intelligent discussion.

Potato head creeps...hahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahaa...


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Posted by Help me Cholo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm

To the REAL Cholo...

Can you please refine your screen name with one that is more original (Like Cholo#1 or something...) We're having a real hard time knowing what is attributable to you or not...


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Here's a link to another Cholo imposter...at least I think so.

Web Link

It's not to hard to tell the fakes from the original. But maybe if you registered, they couldn't just plug your name in. Just a thought.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I think that it's best to give the wannabees an opportunity to pretend that they're me! Just imagine, I'M ALL ABOUT BEING SINCERE AND ON POINT!

Plus, the wannabees need to lean on me to boost their self-esteem! Yup, I'm there for you wannabees, as long as you don't mind being BUSTED! HOORAY!

For those that are a bit wobbly, saying that they're Cholo helps them get grounded and lots of other cool stuff...catch my drift?

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahha...I'm a kind person at heart and enjoy giving the wannabees a chance to improve themselves. Take the high road, it makes a difference.


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Cholo, you are a gentleman and a scholar!


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Posted by Freedom of Speech
a resident of Livermore
on May 20, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Cholo from Livermore???
of course since there are no Cholo's in Pleasanton. Pleasanton is to GOOD to have Cholos.

Yes freedom of speech but condolances should not be on a comment board for an article but in the orbit page. try going to insidebayarea.com and post it there.

I was just commented on the stupidity of riding a scooter on a race track!


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Posted by Someone
a resident of Livermore
on May 20, 2009 at 9:03 pm

that was my daughter's preschool directors.


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Posted by John Bain
a resident of another community
on May 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm

This is Donna's Brother and I would like to thank you folks for your condolences. I also would like to please ask everyone here to refrain from bad mouthing anyone for their comments. Jesus can forgive and so can we. It all starts there.


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Posted by Friend
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on May 21, 2009 at 10:31 am

Donna was a wonderful woman. While the time I knew her was short, she always welcomed me into her home with wide open arms and remembered my favorite snack after only one meeting. She was so warm and loving and is missed by all who knew her. The world has lost an angel.
God bless you Donna


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm

There is nothing to forgive. People ask questions, others express anger, a few pretend to be somebody else. There is nothing to forgive.

I know that Jesus loves me but I think it'sbest that I start seeing other people.


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Posted by Me
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm

She was a great friend to all. She will be greatly missed and I hope her family will have the strength to move on. R.I.P Donna St. Germain.


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