Donna Schmidt June 21, 1931-September 19, 2013 Donna passed away peacefully September 19, 2013 at the age of 82, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 21, 1931 in St. John, North Dakota to John and Bernice Hesketh. Donna worked as a buyer for Louver Drapes in Santa Monica until her retirement in 1989. Donna was a long time resident of Redondo Beach and spent her retirement years in San Luis Obispo, Desert Hot Springs and Torrance. Donna loved her family and was especially proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed many years with family and friends creating memories while cruising the Island of Catalina on her boat, "The La Donna". Donna will be remembered for her love of family, friends, Frank Sinatra music and cooking her favorite entertainment food, homemade Taquitos. Donna was preceded in death by her husband Roy Schmidt and is survived by her two brothers Dean Hesketh and Duane Hesketh; her children Jim Cowherd, Cathi Spear and her grandchildren, Brian Spear, Jessica Presley, Stephanie and Kimberly Cowherd and her great grandchildren Weston and Broderick Presley and Zachary Spear. Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Rice Mortuary in Torrance at 11:00 a.m. A private spreading of the ashes at sea will take place later that day.

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  1. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with all of you and your families during this sad time. She was a wonderful lady and you all have great memories to hold on to and cherish. Love and prayers, Amanda Van Paepeghem

  2. Rest peacefully my dearest and closest ‘friend’, aka “my sissy’!!!!! Thank you for the wonderful priceless years of close friendship you and I shared and so many years of ‘good times’ with our families. Will miss you but know you are at peace – no longer hurting!!!! My love and prayers to your beautiful family whom we have both shared for many years. You are one sweet loving, fun, giving, beautiful lady and friend. God Bless you all!!!!! Betty Cross

  3. We feel very blessed to have spent time with this lovely lady and for the memories that she gave us. I’m smiling right now remembering how she would lean over and whisper something funny in my ear when we were at family gatherings. Her sense of humor was unmatched! “She” will always be with us and never forgotten. We love you Donna.

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