Born April 3, 1956 in Alameda, CA passed away peacefully at home in Hidden Valley Lake, Ca on December 21, 2013 after a four year courageous battle with breast cancer. She was raised in Santa Rosa and graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1974. She earned her AA Degree in art from Yuba College in 2007; receiving numerous academic awards. She was predeceased by her mother, Joyce Hinkle, and is survived by her loving husband Gene Rotter. She leaves behind four sons; Kristopher Messina and Dominic Messina from her first marriage to high school sweetheart Chris Messina. In her second marriage she raised Andrew Rotter and son Aaron Rotter. Also survived by father Donald Hinkle, sisters Dolores Johnson, Laurie Newhart, Evelyn Blank, all of Redding, and brother Don Hinkle, Jr. of Santa Rosa. She also leaves behind three grandchildren; Chris Messina, Ali Grossi, and Gage Messina, whom she loved very much. Delonee was a free-spirited, easy going and generous person who loved all things mystical. She rejoiced in individuality, and accepted people's differences without judgement. Delonee was a loving and forgiving wife, mother and homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her two families. She was very artistic and most talented, loved cooking and excelled at all her hobbies. She enjoyed unique craft projects, including handmade soaps, beaded jewelry, sewing, photography, and graphic art. She loved animals, especially showing and breeding champion cocker spaniel dogs; enjoying the many friendships she developed as she traveled the west coast showing the cockers. She will be missed by all who loved and knew her; forever in our hearts.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2014