Donna S. Taft of Cranston, RI passed away peacefully at home on Saturday August 12, 2017 after a long term illness and courageous battle. She was surrounded until the very end by family and friends.
Daughter of the late John B. and Lillian (Marley) Sandberg, she grew up in Warwick and was a graduate of Warwick Veterans High School and later attended the former Boston Secretarial School. She worked for 45 years in Providence first as the office manager at Ophthalmology Inc. and later as surgical coordinator at the RI Eye Institute until her retirement in 2006.
Besides her loving husband of 55 years, David W. Taft, Donna is survived by her children Michaela Doubrava and her husband Edward of Narragansett, Dr. David R. Taft and his wife Molly of Fairhaven NJ and Kristen Chase of Cranston. A loving grandmother known as “grandma donna” she is also survived by eight grandchildren, Kyle, Corey and Brett Doubrava, Bailey, Carter and Reilly Taft and Madeline and Hannah Chase.
Donna will be remembered as a selfless person. She often spent her lunch breaks caring for elderly patients who didn’t have family. She was famous for allowing her home on Norman Avenue to be the neighborhood house where so many kids had their second home. Donna was an amazing cook and baker, bowled in leagues with her friends and enjoyed trips to the casino! An animal lover and advocate her whole life, she will be missed by her three dogs Harley, Hazel and Gus.
Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation on Tuesday August 15, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm in the Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Wednesday August 16, 2017 in St. Kevin Church 333 Sandy Lane Warwick. Burial will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of RI 1085 North Main Street Providence, RI 02904 in her memory would be appreciated.
Jean G Manocchia - 08/14/2017
Dear Dave and family,
I was sorry to read of Donna's passing. May you find comfort and strength with each other and the support of friends. May memories of happier times help you through this very difficult time. My deepest sympathy to you all.
Steve Young - 08/14/2017
I am very sorry to hear of your wife's passing. My prayers are with you.
Lynn Virgilio-Caron - 08/14/2017
I'm so very sad for your loss. I loved your mother dearly. She was a kind soul and always made you feel loved. My deepest sympathies.
Linda Bostrom Wallander - 08/14/2017
Dave and family, So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. We grew up in the same neighborhood in Lakewood. She was always a lot of fun. Thinking of you and the family at this trying time. Sov I Ro, Donna.
The Corson Family - 08/14/2017
We are so saddened by the news of Grandma Donna's passing❤️ She was so blessed to have been surrounded by her family's love when she passed. Even more importantly to have TRUELY loved and cherished in life.
Our deepest sympathies
Tony DeSimone - 08/14/2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My condolences.
Cheryl fahey - 08/14/2017
So sorry to hear of your moms
Passing. My thoughts and prayers
Are with you and your family.
John O'Leary - 08/14/2017
Dave and family,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Donna. I am so sorry for your loss. May happy memories help to carry you through this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with Donna .
Kathy & Roger Beauchemin - 08/14/2017
Dave and family, We are sorry for your loss. Donna was a wonderful person with an infectious smile. Most generous good hearted person we ever met. We will treasure the good times we shared with you at the Oaks. May the memories created live forever in your hearts.
The Moretti Family - 08/15/2017
Dear David Taft , Kristen, Michaela, David Jr.
We are so sorry and send our condolences. Donna was an amazing woman and will always have her in our hearts. We are sending our love and prayers. Please know that we are not able to go and pay our respects but will be thinking of you during this time of loss.
Dr. Edward Caputo - 08/15/2017
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family
Phil Bucci - 08/15/2017
Dear David & family, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gerald T. Doran - 08/18/2017
Dear Mr. Taft and family,
On behalf of my mother, Catherine, and myself, I offer our deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss. My mother is a long-time patient at RI Eye Institute; Donna was always exceptionally kind and helpful to my mother, assisting her with appointments, etc. Donna's concern and helpfulness were clearly genuine, and we always appreciated the warm human touch that Donna provided, which is a rare trait these days in most large medical practices. Again, we extend our sincere condolences. We shall keep Donna in our thoughts and prayers.
Melissa (Missy) Clayton - 08/21/2017
Dear David and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Donna's passing.... My thoughts and prayers are with you all.