Donna Maxine Takacs
Dec 24, 1924 - Jun 24, 2017
Donna was born in Chicago on December 24, 1924 to Bernard and Clara Olsen. With her mother’s spirited guidance, she grew into an adventurous, independent, and confident young lady.
At the age of 18, she left home and headed to New Orleans where she lived in the French Quarter and worked for a law firm. Several years later, her close friend Maddie convinced her to return to Chicago to work for Delta Airlines. It was here that she met a dashing young Marine and South Pacific veteran, John Takacs, who became the love of her life. Within a year they married and drove to California to start their family, which eventually grew to four children: Michael, Suzanne, Jeffery, and Marianne.
Donna was an amazing mother to her children, always giving support and guidance when needed. She truly loved her family and stayed actively involved in their lives, including working many years as the Treasurer and Editor of the Twin Lakes Elementary PTA. Her warm and loving personality touched all who met her and she always welcomed everyone into her home with an inviting heart. Her children cherished her and she was also blessed with many special friendships.
She was talented at sewing, cooking, crafting, jewelry making, photography, and dancing. Astrology, numerology, reading, music, and playing the organ were also a big part of her life. Her love of music and history inspired quite a few travel ventures.
In 1970 Donna rejoined the work force and spent the next 17 years at the State Franchise Tax Board. In 1987, she and John both retired and began traveling extensively throughout the world. Donna loved learning different languages to enhance their adventures. When not traveling, she kept up with the latest technology, enjoyed her children and grandchildren, met new-found friends at dance and exercise class, and volunteered at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.
In 1990, they purchased a beautiful condo in Lake Tahoe for the family to share. It was a special place for everyone to gather. There was always lots of laughter, trips to the beach, and hikes to enjoy. Every room had an amazing view of the lake which was important because a view was something Donna coveted, whether it be a drive, a restaurant, or a place she stayed. This magical place also overlooked Diamond Peak Ski Resort, inspiring the grandkids to ski or snowboard. All of this was possible because of Donna and John’s generosity.
After John’s passing in 2007, Donna continued her life of volunteering, working weekly at the Folsom History Museum until a severe fall limited her mobility. Donna was admired by all who knew her for her positive outlook, caring soul, and for always treating everyone fairly and honestly. These traits brought her friends from all over the world, and all walks of life. She was an amazing lady, gracious, beautiful, kind and full of love; intelligent, self-reliant, and determined. Most of all though, she was first and foremost, Mom.
Donna is survived by son Michael, daughters Suzanne (Douglas) and Marianne (Paul); grandchildren Heather, Mehgan, Stephen, Nicole, Jaclyn, and Bryan and great grandsons Chace, Brayden, and Logan. She was preceded in death by her beloved son Jeffery Takacs, and her loving husband of 57 years, John Takacs. She also leaves behind her adored cat, Buster.
Donna had amazing caretakers and was lovingly cared for, comforted, and surrounded by her family until her passing June 24, 2017. She was blessed with and enjoyed a truly happy and fulfilling life!
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