Barbara (Bobbie) Doner passed away peacefully on January 15, 2022 at the age of 84 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease/dementia.
She is preceded in death by her husband James (Jim) Doner, mother June Shrum and father Earl Rice.
She leaves behind her three children: Kathy Donath, Steven (Sherry) Kollar, Debora (Chip) Dessum and many grandchildren.
Bobbie had an intense love for dancing, performing and teaching. After graduating from Riley High School in 1955, she married David Kollar and they had three children together. In the 1960s, she became an entrepreneur opening her own dance studio, “Bobbie’s School of Dance”. She choreographed and taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Baton, Ballroom, Acrobatics and Exercise to her students. Her children were involved in every stage performance, recital, parade and competition so that she could do what she loved, dance and raise her family. She directed annual dance revues with her students that were held in many of the local high school halls and then the universities. In 1976 she was the Drill Team Instructor for the Concord Marching Minutemen Bands Hawaii Tour. She instructed drum majors, baton twirlers, drill team and banner members for the King Kamehamalia Celebration Floral Parade.
She faced multiple life events that changed her course. In addition to raising her children and building a thriving dance studio, she also became an advocate and philanthropist for the Kidney Foundation. Through her involvement with the foundation, the children’s father became one of the first recipients of an in-home kidney dialysis machine, where she went on to become the in-home caregiver. To keep his thriving plumbing and heating business going, she graduated after his death and became one of the first women to become Master Plumbers.
After a few years, her course changed again where she finally landed in Sarasota, FL. She came back to life with a childhood friend, Jim Doner. Both mothers were best friends over the years and eventually became parents-in-law when Bobbie and Jim married on February 15, 1991. They loved each other so much that every year on Valentine’s Day, they renewed their wedding vows on Siesta Key Beach.
Bobbie had an adventurous spirit. She also loved travelling, music and animals. As a child he had a Shetland pony and several dog breeds over the years; German Shepherds, Great Danes, Saint Bernard and a Bichon Frese whom she all loved dearly.
She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all the lives she touched.
According to her wish, there will be no public service. The family will hold a small gathering at the graveside at Sarasota National Cemetery, where she will be placed next to her husband Jim.
We would like to say a big thank you to the team at Inspired Living at Hidden Lakes, Bradenton FL. where she has spent the past 8 months in their memory center, and most recently the team at Tidwell Hospice in Bradenton Fl. who gave her that extra care when she needed it most.
Published by Toale Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory – Colonial Chapel – Sarasota on Jan 19, 2022.