Donna Dee Dinova
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Jan. 26, 1937 - Oct. 25, 2012
Donna (Desy) Dinova was born Jan. 26, 1937, in Sioux City, Iowa. During college for radiology, she resided in Sioux Falls, S.D., living with her aunt Hazel and uncle Loren. In 1957, she, her mother, brother and sisters moved to Los Angeles. She married Edward Dinova and had two children, Daniel and Wendy. In 1973, Ed bought Woodland Car Wash and the family moved from Whittier to Woodland where Ed operated the car wash and Donna worked as an X-Ray technician at Woodland Memorial Hospital, Yolo General Hospital and Sutter Davis Hospital were she spent most her years. After retiring in 1995, she worked parttime for Radiological Associates.
Donna was always active with her kids, spending many weekends at swim meets, FFA and 4H events. Wendy and Donna were also very active in the Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society. She was an avid cook. She won the Betty Crocker Award at Central High School in Sioux City. In 1988, she wrote and Wendy designed "The Melting Pot Cookbook." She later wrote cooking articles for The Daily Democrat and The Davis Enterprise. Donna was very active in Yolo County's Chapter of the
. She sat on the board and lead the "Reach to Recovery." She visited hundreds of breast cancer patients.
After her retirement, she was active and held offices in Chapter IX P.E.O Sisterhood, Rotary International's Inner Wheel, American Lutheran Church and Flower Arrangers. She was an active volunteer with the Community Care Car and the Gibson Mansion. If she was at home, you most likely found her in her kitchen or garden. She and her friends always were in a good game of Mahjoog, Hand and Foot or Farkle. Later in life, she was an avid challenger of Angry Birds. She also was active in a local writing course, stamping and card design. She enjoyed her exercise time at the Woodland Senior Center. Ed and Donna traveled extensively throughout the United States and took trips to New Zealand, France, Germany, South Africa, Fiji, Sicily, Italy, Central America and most recently to China. She was honored to escort WWII vets to Normandy. Her favorite time after retirement was spending times were grandsons.
Donna passed away on Thursday, Oct. 25, after a short illness. She is survived by her husband Ed, son Daniel, daughter Wendy and husband Robert Wimmer; grandsons Matthew and Tony; brother Dennis Desy, sister Patti Sneary; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as cousins and many many friends. Donna was preceded in death by her sister Toni Neal, and parents Earl and Viola Desy and in-laws Tony and Mildred Dinova.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, at the American Lutheran Church, 1114 College St., Woodland. A celebration of life will follow at the American Legion Hall, 523 Bush St., Woodland. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to American Lutheran Church, the
; or plant a rose somewhere special and think of her.
Published in Daily Democrat from Oct. 27 to Nov. 20, 2012