Donna Jean (Metzler) Sleininger was born in Buffalo, New York on January 2, 1932. She was the oldest of four children to Frank and Emily Metzler. Donna was an avid photographer, Corporal in the Civil Air Patrol, member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic and an active 4-H Leader. She spent many hours in her garden with her roses and hummingbirds. Donna was the proud Mother of six daughters, Grandmother of thirteen, Great Grandmother of fourteen and Great Great Grandmother of three children. Donna spent her later years in Modesto, California. She died at home, surrounded by family on September 14, 2023. Private family services will be held at a later date in New York. The family requests no flowers, but donations may be made in her name to charity.