Donna Marie Aquino Phister

HAMBURG - Donna Marie Aquino Phister, 55, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at her home in Hamburg.

Donna, daughter of the late Donato (Dan) S. and Kathleen (Watson) Aquino, was born in Paterson May 31, 1958. Her family moved to Sussex County when she was in the seventh grade. She then attended Sussex County Vo-Tech, graduating in 1976 as a licensed cosmetologist.

After working at the Playboy Club Salon as a stylist, Donna opened her own salon in 1979, New Creations in Franklin. She worked long, hard hours until illness forced her to stop working in June 2013.

Donna loved her shop and the customers she worked for, rarely even taking a vacation. Other than collecting tea pots and cookie jars, Donna's interests were all about her shop and her customers.

Donna was predeceased by her grandparents as well as her mother and father. She is survived by her husband, Don; sisters, Dani Aquino DeVine and her husband, Jack, Karen Aquino, and Joanna Aquino Garrera and her husband, Billy; brothers, Darren Aquino and his wife, Jacklyn, and Andrew Aquino and his wife, Carrie; stepdaughters, Melissa Phister Russell and her husband, Matt, Kristen Phister, and Penelope Phister Buccheri and her husband, Carmello; seven nieces and two nephews.

A celebration of life will be held in Donna's honor Friday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Franklin Firehouse, 137 Buckwheat Road, Franklin. Private cremation has been entrusted to F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860.

For online condolences, please see www.fjohnramseyfuneralhome.com.

Funeral Home

F. John Ramsey Funeral Home
One Main St. Franklin, NJ 7416
(973) 827-7050

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Nov. 6, 2013