August 23, 1942 ~ October 15, 2021
Donna Marie Wells was born in Summit, Illinois on August 23, 1942 to George Taloff and Estella Mae Short. The Taloff Family including sister Helen Stamps made their way to Vallejo, California. In 1958 she married Richard John Kistle. They had three daughters Clare Weaver, Dawn Refioglu & Staci Peretti.
Donna spent all of her adult years working right up until age 76. She was a long term employee of Mervyns Department store and worked as a waitress and bartender throughout the years in Vallejo, California. Donna was known for her great sense of humor and uplifting personality. She had a great spirit and loved to joke. Everyone enjoyed her company. Her favorite pastime was doing Word Search Books and watching Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channels. Her favorite foods were seafood, chile rellenos, her beloved bag of chocolates and candy and great nephew Jonathan Dodd’s homemade sopapilla cake.
She was a special person who was known for her perseverance and endurance. No matter how difficult the road was ahead of her, her tenacious spirit never let her give up. Donna loved her daughters, her sister and her family, and her extended Kistle Family that considered her one of their own. She will be missed by all who loved her.
She gained her wings October 15, 2021 at the tender age of 79 while staying with her beloved sister Helen & family in San Antonio, Texas.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Dawn Refioglu, Staci Peretti, and Clare Weaver, son-in-law Ilhan Refioglu, grandchildren Dalan & Daver Refioglu, Jessica Weaver, Nichole Johnson, Ashley Peretti Granados, Chance Peretti, and four great grandchildren, sister Helen Stamps, nieces Debbie Stamps and Virginia Sharp, great nieces Katie Dodd and Sheena Crawford, great nephews Jonathan Dodd, Dustin Crawford & Terry Crawford and four great great nephews and nieces and the entire Kistle Family.
Her daughters would like to thank her sister Helen, niece Debbie, great niece Katie & great nephew Jonathan for welcoming her into their home with open arms for the past 19 months. This time was a gift and blessing for us all. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.
Rest in Peace 🙏🏼❤️
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