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.