In Memory

Donna Hnida

Donna Hnida, age 64, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on May 19, 2012. She was preceded in death by her father John Hnida. Survivors include her mother, Nancy Hnida and brother John A. Hnida. A Memorial Mass will be said on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2312 E. Campbell, Ave., Phoenix. Interment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Phoenix will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Arizona Humane Society, Phoenix, AZ and Hospice of the Valley , Phoenix, AZ.

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02/18/13 07:55 PM #1    

Diane Green (Cook)

Donna was a quiet, kind, and gentle woman. She was loyal to her family, friends, and beloved pets. She had a caring nature, spiced by a dry sense of humor.

Her courage in the face of a debilitating genetic illness was inspiring. She never once complained or asked "Why me?"

How could I choose just one memory out of 59 years of being best friends?

  • Would it be when we met in first grade on the playground at Little Lafayette?
  • Our first time ice skating (she was so much better!)? 
  • Singing WOHELO at the Camp Fire meetings?
  • Being my Maid of Honor?
  • Meeting me and my adopted baby at the airport? 
  • All those movies we loved to laugh and cry at?
  • Our amazing camera safari in Kenya?

My life was blessed beyond measure by this special soul. I miss her every day. Rest in peace, dear Donna.

05/18/14 05:44 PM #2    

Nancy Solazzo (Klatt)

Dear Donna, it's been two years since you left us and I miss you but your spirit is still with those who knew you.

You were special as a child with a passion for animals that you nurtured throughout your life.  You were quiet and thoughtful, but fun and playful..  We were children together and grew up together.   We cried through the movie Song Without an End and  so many more throughout the years.  You loved Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp, Vincent D'Onfrio and so many others.  Our high school years were so fun thanks to Diane Green's Dad taking all us girls to football and basketball games.

You were so accomplished getting master's degrees in English and French, working as a medical transcriber for years at an impossible rate of speed, but always remaining modest about your skills and accomplishments.  You were so well read and loved books, the ballet, and music.  We saw Luciano Pavarotti and Sarah Brightman together, but you also loved Jerry Riopelle and U2.  You loved horses and trained in Drusage.

You kept a lovely home and yard populated with your precious animals, favorite books, movies and music.  It was The Peaceable Kingdom.  

You  were a committed environmentalist and gave and invested wisely..  You were an idealist and gave to make  to better world.  We talked endlessly about the world, war, peace, poverty, and equality.  You were spiritual and practiced your faith as a Roman Catholic, but never looked down on another's walk with God.  

We celebrated birthdays and holidays together at favorite restaurants and movies.  You were such a thoughtful giver.  You loved your family and valued  each person as well as their accomplishments.

You never complained even as your illness robbed you of your life.  I miss you so and will remember you always.  Love always, Nancy.






05/22/15 11:33 AM #3    

Nancy Solazzo (Klatt)

Thinking of you, Donna.  It's been 3 years since we lost you.  You are remembered so well by your friends and family.  You were such a good friend, kind, understanding as well as accomplished.  It is bitter-sweet to remember you always as we miss you so. Your Mom and I had lunch together at Merci Cafe, one of your favorites.  We also went to mass with your Mom and Johnnie on Mother's Day to remember you and my Mom.  We know you are resting in peace in a beautiful Heaven.  Love you Donna.  Nancy and Michael

11/01/15 10:22 AM #4    

Nancy Solazzo (Klatt)

Happy Birthday, Dear Donna!  We will be celebrating you and remembering your lovely life and all you loved, family, friends, dogs, cats, horses, books, music, dance cinema,  Miss you so.  Nancy

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