Vancouver, WA — Donna Marie (Sullivan) Barner 58, of Vancouver, Wash., formerly of Gloucester, passed away on July 7, 2013, following a brave battle with breast cancer. Donna was born in Melrose, Mass., on November 25, 1954, and was the daughter of the late Edward P. Sullivan and Dora Allen.
Donna was employed for many years at Gorton’s of Gloucester, where she formed many long-lasting friendships. She was fun-loving and full of spunk. Donna was a fan of all New England sports, but had a passion for the Boston Red Sox. She was proud of the fact that she waited on the sidewalks outside Fenway Park in 1986 for a chance to buy World Series tickets. She was successful in scoring bleacher seats, as Donna was also a proud "Bleacher Creature."
After moving to Vancouver, with her husband, Rob, and two children, in 1989, Donna began working for SEH America. While there, she began taking college classes at night at Clark College. She had a lifelong passion to earn a college degree. In 2005, she graduated from Clark College with a degree in applied science for business administration with honors. Donna was later employed by Charter Communications, where she was employed until her passing.
Her grandchildren were a sparkle in her life. She spent many afternoons and weekends traveling to the many sports events that they participated in.
Donna is survived by her husband, Robert Barner; a son, Shawn Barner and his wife, Samantha; and a daughte,r Stevie-Lee Barner, all of Vancouver. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Christopher and Reese Barner, also of Vancouver. She is also survived by a brother, Don Sullivan and his wife, Kim, of Vancouver; sisters, Gloria Manherz of Lowell, Denise Mason and her husband, Jamie, of Holly Hills, Fla., and Janey Brancaleone and her husband, Tom, of Gloucester; and a brother-in-law, Tom Barner and his wife, Nula. Survivors also include many nieces and nephews, including Jessica, Jade, and Melissa Pata, and Tom and Kayla Brancaleone, all of Gloucester, and Kevin Goulart of Nashua, N.H.; as well as many nieces and nephews in Vancouver; and aunts and cousins in Kershaw, S.C.
Donna was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Bob Sullivan; her father and mother-in-law, Charlie and Madeline Barner; and her grandparents, Ed and Noviva Sullivan, and Worth B. and Anne Allen.
Donna’s last wish was that she be able to come home to Gloucester to celebrate St. Peter’s Fiesta and to take in a Red Sox game at Fenway. Her dream was fulfilled due to the help of many people. Her family is grateful to all who helped make her dream come true.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Celebration of her Life will be held from her home in Vancouver on Friday evening. Her ashes will be scattered at a date to be announced in Gloucester.