Donna Sanford

A photo of Donna Sanford


Donna's family and close friends will
celebrate her life at a later date.

It’s with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother Donna Lynn Elizabeth Sanford on Tuesday January 8th, 2019. Mom was born in Wawa, Ontario on July 6th, 1949 to her parents Theresa (Huck) and Gordon Lohnes.

Many may have known her as the independently successful owner/operator of Loeb in Nortown Plaza, Chatham and IGA grocery stores in Blenheim, Ridgetown, and Harrow.

Mom was the proud matriarch of her family which included Dane (Amy), Kassie (Tim), Ryan, Scott (Jodi), grandchildren Brendan (Amy), Spencer, Chloe, Michael, Amber, Molly, Keegan, Reilly and great-grandchildren Brian, Benjamin, Braxton, Cruz and Carter.

Many people considered our mom as their mom too. Always putting others first, sharing, helping, giving unconditional love to others, and saying “Howdy!” (a lot). She was definitely larger than life.

In keeping with mom’s wishes, her ashes will be placed beside her dad’s at Evergreen Cemetery in Blenheim. This part of her life will be respected with quiet dignity. Her family and close friends will celebrate her life at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Donna with a memorial donation are asked to consider St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Center [Charitable Registration #122963663RR0001], in recognition of the exceptional research and discovery done by Dr. Marie Faughnan, Rose Pantalone and all their staff.


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My condolences to Donna's family. I grew up with Donna in Wawa. (Heather Oliver-Fox)

Please accept our sincere sympathy May all that you shared bring you strength & peace in the difficult days ahead Our hearts are with you Jack Aitkenhead & Judy Scott

Our condolences to the family. Always enjoyed being greeted with her "Howdy" followed by our great discussions on our Loeb store businesses. Great respect for her, her business acumen and her friendship.

Our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers for you Dane and family

So sorry hearing of Donnas passing, she was a great boss..she will be missed....

It is with sadness to learn of Donna's passing today. I have many memories working for her as store manager at the Harrow Location in the 1980s. My sincere sympathy is extended to her Children, grandchildren and families.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sending all my love.

Scott and family-So Sorry to hear of Donna's passing-she was a nice lady-our condolences❤

Thoughts and prayers to Donna’s family . I was very sad to hear that she passed away . She will certainly be missed when we visit the store 💗

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and always. I was so fortunate to be a part of the team at Sanford and Son Supermarket. Donna always had a smile and I will never forget her "Howdy" . May your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

So sorry for your loss! Condolences to the family!! Thinking of you guys Kassie Chloe Brendan and spencer Love the Dupuis family