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Donna (Giambalvo) Carrender

26 marzo , 196514 junio , 2020

Donna (Giambalvo) Carrender March 26, 1965 – June 14, 2020

Age 55 years, of Independence, Missouri passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020 surrounded by family and friends.

Donna was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 26, 1965.

She graduated from Northeast High School in 1983.

Donna worked at UMB Bank for over 18 years where she held several positions, from Teller to her latest position as Team Lead of the Mutual Funds Department.

Donna was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs.

She loved to cook and spend time with family and friends. She had a special charisma that drew people to her and she made meaningful friendships wherever she went. She brought out the best in people and encouraged them to be the best versions of themselves.

Donna was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend.

On June 14, 1997, she married Greg Carrender, with whom she enjoyed 23 years of laughter and love.

She was preceded in death by her father, Santo Giambalvo; sister, Mary Jo Giambalvo; and infant nephew, Matthew Quintero.

She is survived by her husband, Greg Carrender of the home; daughters, LeAnn (Kip) Krupka of Rogers, Arkansas and Brianna Carrender of Independence; son, Colin (Katherine) Carrender of Independence; grandchildren, Quinn Carrender, Reed Krupka, Vincent and Zarabelle Carrender; mother, JoAnn Giambalvo of Higginsville; father and mother in-law, Glenn and Beverly Carrender of Blue Springs; sisters, Anna (Ricardo) Quintero of Liberty and Kathleen (Ben) Kornis of Higginsville; brothers in-law, Bret (Kellie) Carrender and Brian (Lori) Carrender both of Blue Springs; nieces and nephews, Laura (Scott) Long, Victor Quintero, George (Courtney) Kornis, Joanna (Justin) Comstock, Alex, Tristan, Benjamin and Sarah Carrender; great niece, Grace Long and many extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, 4500 Little Blue Parkway, Independence, Missouri 64054 with a Celebration of Life Service immediately following from 6-7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238, or themmrf.org.


  • Visitation

    jueves, 25 junio , 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    jueves, 25 junio , 2020


Donna (Giambalvo) Carrender

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Annita DiGiovanni-Cuda

julio 2, 2020

To All of Donna’s family;
My family has been friends with the Giambalvo’s for years. My sisters who were older were friends/family with Joann. Our house was across the yard from them. I was younger, so the girls and I would play and sometimes argue. Donna was the baby of the group. Such fun times and such simpler times. A little over a year ago we ran into each other at a restaurant. Donna and her sisters. We of course all screamed, because we hadn’t see each other in years!!!
LOVED that short moment in time. We quickly took a picture.....

Missing you Donna and all my Giambalvo girls💕

Marie steiner

junio 29, 2020

My condolences to the Carrender family. I have happy memories of the time I worked @ UMB with Donna. Her sister Anna & I were Personal Bankers and Donna would come to see her sister I would get to join in. I have many memories of Donna but as someone has said Donna smile and her laugh. I know Donna will be missed and may your memories embrace you in the days ahead.

Joanne Palluck

junio 29, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Donna. It has been many years since my family and I lived across the street from you on Askew. God Bless your family, I will add Donna and family to my prayers. My love to your mother.

Joanne Palluck

Connie Cavaliere-Webb (Pascuzzi)

junio 26, 2020

LeAnn and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your moms passing. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻 your mom and I were childhood friends and reconnected as young adults, we had our families and lost touch, I was thankful for FB. Your mom was such a good person ! She was driven and would do so much for others, that’s how I remember her. God has blessed her beautiful soul & she will always be by your side as your guardian angel ✨

Angela Brooks

junio 22, 2020

I've worked with Donna at UMB, she was my Lead. I've enjoyed her presence, she's the type that will encourage and push you to take your goals further and to never give up. I've enjoyed our talks, our jokes. She brought me an oatmeal muffin she baked that muffin was so good I had to ask her for the recipe and up to this day I still make those oatmeal muffins. Her kindness was contagious, and her memory will live on forever.

A mother is with us always:
First in her lifetime, then forever in our memory.

Mary Cucchiara-Langley

junio 21, 2020

I grew up with the Giambalvo girls. Their mom was my 'other mom'. Donna was a little sister to me. One house separated my parents' house and their house, so we were always together. To say I loved her as family is a given. But the most precious memory I have of Donna's compassion is when my father passed away. My 3-year old daughter and I were in town, staying at my parents' house. (We actually lived in Virginia at the time). Donna and her daughter LeAnn, were staying at her parents' house. Every evening, Donna or Joanne would call and tell me they were coming up for Sondra (my daughter). One of them would come get her, and clean pajamas for her. They would take her back to play with LeAnn, feed her, bathe her, and put her pajamas on her. They would then bring her back, wrapped in a blanket. Those actions meant more to me than anything, because for a few hours, my daughter could be away from the grief. That was 27 years ago, but I remember every moment. Donna was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.

Gisele Gamble

junio 20, 2020

I worked at UMB with Donna. She was one of the happiest and friendliest people I’ve ever known. We had so much fun working together in a “sweat shop” atmosphere. She made work fun!
My heart breaks for her family.💔 Donna deserved to live a long full life. Apparently God has other plans for her. 🙏
Much love to her family and friends.


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