Donna Sheila Long
1945 - 2021
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DONNA SHEILA LONG
July 31, 1945 - April 23, 2021

Our beloved Donna Sheila Long passed away April 23, 2021, in Olympia, Washington, after her battle with cancer.

Donna was born on July 31, 1945, to Isaac Zaleon and Rae Gordon Zaleon in Gloversville, New York. After graduating Gloversville High School in 1963, she continued her education and earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude from The State University of New York.  She then earned her Master of Arts in German from Michigan State University in 1969.

Donna had been a resident of Olympia, WA, for the last five years but lived 46 years in Bakersfield, California, from 1970 to 2016. Donna had a long career as a teacher at Bakersfield High School from 1970 until she retired in 2007.  She taught German and also gave classes in English. Donna was a member of the California Retired Teachers Association. During her time in Bakersfield, Donna met Thomas W. Long and the two married on December 17, 1988.

Donna loved people and was full of life. She would share her adventures as she traveled the world. She adored her friends, past students, and family and kept in communication with them. She was an avid cow collector and bird feeder. She had a happy and cheerful heart.  She was kind.  Her heart was full of love.

Donna is survived by Tom, her beloved husband, and her nephew Neal Agneta.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a. m. on May 10 at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Rd., Bakersfield, CA 93306. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be offered to CALM, California Living Museum, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93306.



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Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 7, 2021.
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May 12, 2021
Donna and I became friends when we were toddlers. Despite living miles apart we kept up our friendship through calls and the written word and we visited on occasion. She was always supportive and loving. I will miss her very much.
Lonna Baum
Friend
May 11, 2021
My condolences. What a dear, sweet, generous, and thoughtful friend Donna has been to me and my family over the past 60 years. Tom, I hope that the many wonderful memories you shared bring much comfort.
Susan Levine
Friend
May 11, 2021
My condolences. What a dear, sweet, generous, and thoughtful friend Donna has been to me and my family over the past 60 years. Tom, I hope that the many wonderful memories you shared bring much comfort.
Susan Levine
Friend
May 9, 2021
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Richard Boyd
May 8, 2021
Frau Long (as I always knew her) was an amazing teacher. She always believed in me and my classmates and she was one of the most genuinely kind and fun people I've ever met. She taught me to push my language learning skills to their limits and to not be afraid to look silly doing so. Because of her I went on to study Linguistics and I still use the German she taught me to this day, 15 years later. I'm forever grateful for her profound influence on my life.
James Hayes
Student
May 7, 2021
Donna was a kind and gentle soul who saw value in each person. Her sense of silliness was part of her joyful heart that made ordinary events more fun. We laughed and cried together for over 40 years of friendship. My prevailing memories of Donna will always bring a smile to my face and forever reserve her a place in my heart. My heartfelt sympathy to Tom and her nephew, Neal, Arlene
Arlene Ehlers
Friend
May 7, 2021
I have such fond memories of Donna, an excellent and dedicated German teacher to my two daughters at BHS. She went above and beyond in making learning a challenging subject fun.
I am so sorry about your loss!
Frieda A. Jackson
Teacher
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