Donna Callahan Hardy

Donna Callahan Hardy - Rochester, NY - Rochester Cremation

Donna Callahan Hardy, 61, formerly of Endwell, NY, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. She was predeceased by her parents Robert W. and Dolores B. Callahan, and her brother Robert B. Callahan. She is survived by her son Blake Hardy, and former husband of 30 years, Steve Hardy of Dallas, TX; sisters Teri Ruhl (Jon) of Vestal, NY and Lorie Ebert (Ed Finucane) of Rochester, NY; niece and godchild Jaclyn Ruhl and nieces Callie Ruhl, Erin Ebert, and Holly Ebert; sister-in-law Angela Callahan; Aunt Betty and Uncle Arthur Rehkemper; loving cousins and many close friends.

Donna was very creative and artistic.  She made beautiful mosaic pots and was a fantastic cook. She loved summertime family fun at Page Lake in PA and boating in the Gulf of Mexico. She loved going to concerts, bike riding, beach walks, collecting shells, seeing dolphins & manatees, sunsets and rainbows. She loved animals in nature and her many pets alike.

Donna graduated from Maine-Endwell High School in 1976. She attended beauty school in Endwell, NY.  She was an award winning hairstylist and beautician in Dallas, TX for many years. Donna earned the title of Master Gardener through hard work and a passion for plants and her prize winning flowers. In Florida Donna sold her mosaics pots and was a service team member for Whole Foods.

Donna was filled with energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and a wonderful sense of humor. She was fun-loving and lit up the room when she walked in. She was very giving, and loved to make people smile. She believed in the connection of all sources of life and held a mindset that embodied balance; to treat others as you wish to be treated. Her spirit and energy will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate to have known her.

A private funeral service and burial will be held.

6 Condolences

  1. Mary McGuire Powell on September 2, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Terry, Lorie and families, I’m heartbroken to hear of Donnas passing. She was always so
    Full of life and always ready for the next adventure. (Even if we got grounded for it) So so many fun times at the lake.. Was hoping we could reconnect while
    She was here in Rochester. RIP Donna, God
    Bless You All💔🙏

  2. Denise Sudore on September 2, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Lorie, to you and your family, my love, prayers and heart felt condolences for your loss. I didn’t know your sister, but she sounded amazing. Lorie, I know how much you loved and cared for your sister until the end. May your memories warm your heart always. 💔Dee

  3. Michael Anthony on September 2, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Lorie and Fam, sorry for your loss. May her AweSeomee Spirit remain in you forever. God Bless

  4. Laurie Pohlman on September 2, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Lorie and family, I am so heartbroken and sorry for your loss. Donna and I reconnected recently on Facebook and had hope to get together at Ellington mall because I’m in Clearwater. I knew she went home and I’m so happy for that and that she was with you and your family. Such a great loss. My daughters and I are going to plant a Plumeria plant in memory of Donna in my daughters yard. hugs and prayers going out to all of you❤️

  5. Pat Whelan Mirza on September 2, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    I only knew Donna for a few years in elementary school (and then I moved again). She was so pretty and neat – beautiful shiny hair usually in two pigtails or braids down her back and she wore a lot of turtlenecks, jumpers and tights – I loved her fashion sense. I never forgot her and I was thrilled to reconnect with her a few years ago when she was in Florida. We caught up pretty quickly. I was so saddened to hear of her passing. My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.

    • Joni Brinkman Whitney on September 7, 2020 at 10:32 am

      Teri, Lorie and families,
      I’m so very sorry to learn of Donna’s passing. My sincere condolences to all of you.
      Donna and I met in beauty school and became fast friends. In 1978 we made the big move to Texas. Unfortunately, over the years we lost touch. We shared so many great times together and I’ll cherish those memories forever. ❤️

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