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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  1. Donna, it is so hard to write to you, and way sooner than I would have ever thought. I know you are an angle looking down on me, and you are with the Kistle family in Heaven. Please help to watch over the Kistle’s still on earth. You understand, we all need that, right? I remember the first time Richard brought you to our house, you were shy, beautify and nervous. Ginger and I were happy to hear you were marrying our brother, it would help with boy to girl ratio. Then we really got to know you and love you like a big sister. Donna you taught us things only a big sister could. You are so special to us. I stayed in touch over the years because I wanted you to always be in my life. You know, once a Kistle always a Kistle is the way I think. Donna I will never ever forget about you, I will always miss you. I will always I Love you as a sister. And I will always hold a special place in my heart for you. Rest in Peace Special Lady! Kathy Kistle Delpero

  2. Mom what a journey your life has been. For me the past 19 months have been the biggest gift and blessing. I’ve enjoyed our Monday calls and being a part of your everyday life. I’m so grateful for this time with you. This time together has brought us so many laughs because you’re a joker and a comedian and now so many tears because I will miss you. My only wish is that we could’ve had more time. You’ve been a shining example of grace and strength to me. My heart is full of love. I’m forever thankful for you being my mom. Rest In Peace ❤️🙏🏼😇

  3. I will remember your rejuvenating personality, sense of humor and great spirit forever…and thank you for the greatest gift you gave me…RIP….

  4. There’s so many of them an the 3girls it’s hard just to express one she was love by us very very much an will be miss by many we live u auntie

  5. Our mom leaves us with a Heart that smiles with the thought of her also there is the pain of not having her here with us any longer. We were blessed in recent past to have great conversations and laughs also to share how much we loved each other.She was a very beautiful woman inside out. Greatful for the time given but wishing for more.She will be missed by all that loved her and knew her..She raised us with grace and to respect others manners were very important to her.. These things will carry through in her Grandchildren.. In Loving Memory of you mom…💜⚘

  6. Mom you will always be in My Heart. I cherish every tender moment we had. I wish there could be more ❤️ There is a piece of you in all my dreams. I have enjoyed the last 19 months connecting with you Mom. Your jokes and Laughter always tickle me. Mom I will forever be Proud that you were my Mother. Rest In Peace. I Love You to the Moon and Back!! Your Daughter Staci🥰

  7. Auntie, I’m just lost for words. We have enjoyed every minute of you here with us, just wish we had a bit more time. You have been a joy and lots of laughs. I guess heaven needed another Angel and he chose you. I know dad was waiting for you with open arms, I’m sure he had a joke for you as well. We love you and miss your so very much. So until we see you again Rest In Peace. ❤️ Deb

  8. I love you Donna and will greatly miss you. I’ll always remember the jokes and fun we had. I’ll miss baking for you and enjoying our dinners. I’ll see you again one day. I love you! ❤️

  9. My sister, I’ve enjoyed our last 19 months together, just wasn’t long enough. I will miss our conversation and our laughs about the old times. I still look over on the couch and your not there and it’s hard. I couldn’t have asked for a better little sister. I’m sure your up in heaven with Tom just having a good ole time. You were very much love and we enjoyed every minute we had with you in Texas. I know you are free of pain and can breath so much better, and for that I’m happy for you, as for me I’m sad you are not still with us. I love you Donna Marie and miss you. Your sister Helen

  10. I want to thank you, Donna, for being who you were. Thank you for your love and caring and warmth and kindness. We will smile when memories of you come to mind. We know that your life was full of purpose and love for all of those you held in your heart. You will always be a Kistle. We love you. Your sister-in-law, Ginger

  11. Aunt Donna, the memories I have of you put a smile on my face and happiness in my heart. You were a kind, gentle, and warm person. My fondest memories were getting to see you when we would go to Mervyn’s. We were always excited to see you, and you were always so happy to see us. I remember you always looked so sharp, so well-dressed, standing tall and slender with such pretty shiny gold jewelry with your hair done so perfectly. You were beautiful inside and out. You were sweet and good-hearted. You will be missed and will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest in peace. I love you, Lisa (Rogers) Esposito

  12. Donna I just picked up the rag we called the Times-Herald only to see your obituary. I am saddened beyond words that you have left us. I thoroughly enjoyed coming into the Blue Rock when you were working to chat and be able to buy your end of shift cocktail. We had many great conversations and I will miss you terribly ! Rest in peace Donna and God speed. You were loved by many.

  13. To the family of Donna Wells : Please accept my sincere condolences to you all on the loss of a wonderful woman who was friends of many here !

  14. Rose your flowers are just as beautiful as you. I received them yesterday. I hope you got my voicemail message. We would like to thank you so very much for your kindness and heart felt love. Thank you for being such a good friend to our mother. She is smiling down on you. ❤️😇🙏🏼💐

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