Donna Susan Romero

3 March, 195918 September, 2021

Donna Susan Romero, age 62 passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Donna was born March 3, 1959.

On Saturday, September 18, 2021, Donna Susan Romero; a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, departed with the Angels to the Kingdom of Heaven at the age of 62 after a month long battle against Covid -19 health complications in Riverside, CA.

Donna was born on March 3rd,1959, to Mac and Lucina Jaramillo in La Habra, CA. She was the second oldest child of nine wonderful siblings. Growing up with so many, Donna became much like a mother and took on the responsibility to assist her parents in watching over her brothers and sisters while they cared for her youngest sister. Donna went on to graduate from high school and got accepted to Cal State Fullerton where she found her life's passion for teaching. During her time at the university, she was introduced to the love of her life, Raquel.

After graduating in 1982 with her Bachelor's degree in Child Development, she took a leap with Raquel and became husband and wife on June 18, 1983. A year later, their love grew and began a new life's journey with the birth of their first child, Jeffrey. They decided relocate to Riverside, CA where they purchased their house in 1986. Donna went on to bring three more children into the world the following years after, Eric (1987), John (1991), and Melody (1999).

Donna began her began her passionate career as a substitute teacher until she became a full time educator in 1995. Donna always believed in providing the best quality education. You could always find her wherever the mountains of books and papers were, drinking from her large soda cup. She devoted an incredible 26 years of teaching, earning high recognitions from her school districts and faculty members.

Despite the work load, Donna always found time for her family to attend her children's baseball games, rehearsals, drills meets, band competitions, camping trips, road trips, and the many family gatherings to see her loving parents and siblings. Donna was set to retire in June 2023, where she would have spent the rest of life traveling and enjoying her time with her grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her beautiful heart, smile, humor, and her natural gravity towards children.

Donna will forever be cherished and survived by her husband Raquel and children, Jeffrey (Ashley), Eric (Tabitha), John, and Melody; along with her 4 grandchildren.

A visitation for Donna will be held Monday, October 25, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504. A funeral service will occur Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at St. Thomas Church, 3774 Jackson St, Riverside, CA 92503. A graveside service will occur Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 2161 Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Romero family.


25 October


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary

7944 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

26 October

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

St. Thomas Church

3774 Jackson St
Riverside, CA 92503

26 October

Graveside Service

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Queen of Heaven Cemetery

2161 Fullerton Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748


Donna Susan Romero

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Samantha Crumpley

20 October 2021

I'm very saddened to hear of the passing of Donna. I met Donna when I traveled to California for Eric and Tabby's ( I'm her sister) wedding. I remember her smile, she had a smile that lit up a room and she was so kind to us. Tabby spoke highly of her mother-in-law, which she considered a mother. My daughters and I were in Vegas in August 2021, seeing Eric, Tabby, and the kids. Tabby and I were talking about future plans for babies and more travel. She was excited for when and if they have another baby, that Donna would be coming out to help her. The travels they had planned for when Donna retired from teaching. Donna thank you for taking care of my baby sister, Eric, and thank you for being such a special Grandma to Colt and Sadie.

To the Romero family and Jaramillo family, our condolences from Colorado

Raquel Romero

19 October 2021

My beautiful and loving wife sugar bear as I called her. I will miss the traveling with you . As we were able to talk to each other without distractions . It made the time pass , it just made the time more enjoyable. I look back at the little things you did that now are precious memories. The way you would feed me my burrito as I drove . And how you always helped out with driving on long trips when going to see my family . You were alway by my side. How you Surprised me to tell me I was to be a father . Giving me a birthday gift was a baby PJ sleeper . It was yellow. Or the special occasion dinner you made with candles . The kid thought that was special too. How you love to decorate for the Holidays . I did the outside and you did the inside. Very festive. Donna you were the live if my life. I was a very lucky person when you said yes 38 years ago . I made your wedding ring from my own two . hands . I was so happy to give it to you . Lord take care of Donna my Sugar Bear till we meet forever.

Inez Savosh

10 October 2021

My sister Donna was truly an amazing person.
She loved and helped so many people.
Her love for her family was incredible.
Our father passed away not too long ago and we would all take turns caring for him. Since Donna taught she would come on the weekends. She would get to my folks and she would have a cart full of her teaching lessons and kids papers to correct. The other cart would be full of cooking utensils. My dad was on a special diet, so Donna would come and cook meals for them that could be frozen and she wanted to make sure that our parents were taken care of when she wasn’t able to be with them. We would kid her and ask her where the kitchen sink was because she would literally bring her kitchen with her. She would just laugh and say she was always prepared in case mom didn’t have something she needed.
My sister had rheumatoid arthritis so for her to tote and carry all these things was very painful for her but she didn’t care. She always put herself last and everyone else first.
She will truly be missed by all of us.
Sis I can’t wait to see you again. I am sure Dad is loving all the meals you are making for him now.
I love you Donna.

Tina Burresch

2 October 2021

My memories of Donna are how she was such a patient person..I remember one instance as a new mother …Nick was crying and crying..I didn’t know what to do and without asking she took him and soothed his tummy ❤️ She shared motherly advice which I will never forget..I am so blessed to have had Donna in my life…she was truly one of Gods Angels here on Earth with us…Rest in Peace dear cousin🙏🏽🙏🏽😇

Matthew Wheeler

1 October 2021

It’s incredibly hard having lost Aunt Donna. She was such a joy to the family. I distinctly remember the days we would talk while we switched shifts to take care of Grandpa Jaramillo. We would talk about my classes and her students. Somehow we would get on the topic of food and I would pick her brain about recipes. Everyone knew Aunt Donna’s cooking was really good. Anything I’d learn from her went straight into my list of recipes to try. It’s hard that she passed on but those wholesome moments with her are what I will always remember.

Jeffrey Romero

29 September 2021

My mother was the most kind person a son could ever have. She had done so much for her family and inspired and cared for so many other children that she practically became their next mother. She will always be remembered in our minds and hearts. We love you mom so much. Thank you for always being there for us all.

Mellissa Allex

28 September 2021

Cousin Donna could melt your heart with her smiling eyes. As a kid I remember the sound of her laughter. You cldnt help but smile, or laugh when she spoke, because she was just so nice and fun to be around. I remember thinking Wow...Cousin Rick REALLLLLY hit the jackpot with her! I encourage everyone not to forget that million dollar smile. My condolences go out to the entire Romero and Jaramillo families. May god bless you all...warmly Mellissa Campbell Allex 🙏 ❤

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