Donna Louise Perelli-Minetti, age 68 of Fresno passed away peacefully on August 16, 2022 surrounded by her family and loved ones after an unexpected illness. Donna was the youngest of 4 children born and raised in Reedley, CA. She attended Reedley High School and received a BA degree in Fine Art from Fresno State University. It was at Fresno State that she met her longest and dearest friend, Nancy Snowden. Donna was married and moved to Mt. Shasta, CA with her then husband, Craig Reppe. During the 17 years there, she cultivated many long-lasting friendships. Her talent in art led her to establish her own graphic design business named “Pen In Hand.” Her true calling, however, was to become a nurse. As a result, she closed her business and began her studies to become an RN. Donna was then employed by St. Agnes Medical Center for 14 years, working as a Medical Surgical nurse. Starting a new focus in her career, she took a position at Community Regional Medical Center working as a Utilization Review RN for the next 7 years. In 2020 she made the decision to retire. Donna loved dogs and had them throughout her life. She especially loved her Border Collie, “Mimi”, a companion for 14 years. She also enjoyed her four Koi fish, who she affectionately named “Comet”, “Skeeter”, “Marble” and “Cloud”. She had many interests throughout her life including health, fitness and cooking. Donna was passionate about helping others and did so with creativity, inclusivity, and with a sense of deep humanity and commitment to what is good. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno where she enjoyed worship, connection and service. One of her greatest joys was her volunteer work through the church. Most recently, she was involved with Wings Advocacy Fresno. Her work with the “Homeless to Home” project helped to restore dignity and hope to the homeless in the community. Donna volunteered with gratitude, serving formerly homeless, newly housed families, veterans, individuals, and women and children fleeing domestic violence. Above all, Donna loved her family. She is preceded in death by her parents Julio and Helen Perelli-Minetti, brother Jules (Peggy) Perelli-Minetti and brother-in-law Alfred Kennedy. She is survived by her sister Julianne Kennedy of Coarsegold, CA, brother Ron (Karol) Perelli-Minetti of Caldwell, ID and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be given to Wings Advocacy Fresno or the American Cancer Society.
Published by Legacy Remembers on Aug. 17, 2022.
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