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“I have been thinking about the family and already a year has passed since Donna's passing. ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: Larry Lloyd - Prescott, AZ

“I am so sorry to learn of Donna's passing. I moved to northern California in May and just learned this news. We were neighbors in Kite Hill and...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Diane Hepburn - Laguna niguel, CA

“Dear sweet Donna !!! Rest well!!! I will always think of your sweet, sweet smile!!!! So, So sorry for your loss Rick!!!! ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: howard metz - Ft.Lauderdale, FL

“Dick, I have been praying for you and the loss of Donna. We are going through the same experience together. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Larry Lloyd - Prescott, AZ

“There is nothing I can say to help with the pain and loss but I do know she is now in piece. Her love and faith in God has guided her to be with...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Terri Valentine - Capo beach, CA

“To Richard and family,I miss Donna so very much. We used to sit together around a large table at Saddleback Church Laguna Woods for the Sunday...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Meredith Zeigler - Laguna Woods, CA

“My heart is heavy as I recall the days at San Diego City College when Donna & Richard drove me to dental class everyday for a year. During this time...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Dottie Vargas - San Diego, CA

“Richard & Donna were our friends and neighbors for 9 years. On one occasion we were all gathered for an annual HOA party held on the golf course...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: David & Joan Minney - CA - Friend

“What a treasure to know Donna, pray with Donna, and have followed her steps of dignity through a troubling time. What an example of how to hold onto...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Gretchen Ritchie - Lake Forest, CA

“Donna and I met in our 10th grade Bookkeeping class at Crawford High School. She was my son's Godmother 52 years ago.. I'm so glad I had the...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Christine Hayes - ESCONDIDO, CA

“Donna was such an inspiration to all who were blessed to know her. She was a devoted wife, proud mother grandmother and spiritual friend to all who...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Vickie Gentry - Rancho Mirage, CA

“Will always remember you my dear high school friend.. So happy we reunited after all the high school reunions . You were always so easy to talk to ,...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Lilla Gray - San diego - Friend

“Donna was a true Warrior for Christ. She defied all odds as she let the Lord use her to touch hundreds that were so blessed to have known her. Her...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Cindy Zaragoza - Tustin, CA

“Rich and family....when I think of Donna, the words "gracious", "soft-spoken" "woman of God" are just a few I think of. I'm so sorry for your loss. ...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Sharman - Laguna Niguel, CA

“Donna meant more to me than I can put in words right now... we had a standing weekly appointment to pray together. This was such a precious time...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Billie Childers - Friend

“I called Donna my big sister. She was such a pillar of strength to all of us who knew her and walked with her through her battle. She was a true...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Patty Buxton Dakides - Santa Ana, CA

“It is with great sadness we acknowledge the passing of a dear friend. She is a battler who would not back down. A person of the highest moral...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Mark Merryfield - Laguna Niguel, CA

“My prayers are with all of you as you go through this difficult time. Donna always provided encouragement to others; spoken in a positive soft tone...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Thomas - Laguna Niguel, CA


Donna Margaret Hoban passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the age of 72 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on November 17, 1943 in Medford, Massachusetts to Anthony and Yolanda Pepi. In l947 her family, along with a large contingency of Italian relatives moved west to San Diego, California. Donna attended Crawford High School and enjoyed long lasting friendships with her classmates from the graduating class of l961.

On July 10, 1965, Donna married Richard Hoban. Together, they raised 2 children, a daughter, Christina Marie, and son, Richard (Rick) Anthony. In addition to dedicating her life to motherhood, Donna was an avid tennis player, playing in both singles and doubles competitive leagues. She also developed an interest in health and fitness and became a certified personal trainer in l996. Donna enjoyed training clients at Fitness Elite for Women and Laguna Niguel Racquet Club in south Orange County, where she coached and inspired many to reach their fitness goals.

Donna was a devout follower of Christ and was involved in women's ministries for many years. She also served as a member of the Volunteer Ministry at Mission Hospital of Orange County as prayer counselor.

Donna loved Italian cooking and her famous, family recipes for marinara sauce, lasagna, meatballs and cannoli were highly anticipated for holiday meals. She took pride in celebrating her cooking skills each Sunday with her children and grandchildren preparing traditional Italian faire.

Donna is survived by her husband, Richard Hoban, 2 children, Christina Johnson, and Rick Hoban, son-in-law, Mark Johnson, 3 grandchildren, Hayley Johnson, Kristian Johnson, and Whitney Johnson, and 2 brothers, Anthony Pepi Jr, and Frank Pepi.

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