Donna Lynn Remata

Donna Lynn Remata, 49

Died: September 12, 2008
My mom was awesome. I have no words. I can't describe her.
— Tiffany "Koga" Remata, daughter, 17
Remata, 49, one of the first people pulled from the wreckage, took the train daily from her home in Simi Valley to her job at the MTA in downtown Los Angeles. She loved the ride, the calm of avoiding the traffic, just as she loved her job and taking care of her husband, Larry, and two children, Tiffany, 17, and Larry II, 18.
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97 memories of Donna

Donna was a sweetheart. Spent many hours talking to her and learning about her family Larry and the kids. She will be truly missed by me and many friends. God Bless You Donna

— Todd Stansbury
September 13, 2008 at 9:18 p.m.

To the Remata husband works at MTA Division 15 and was aquainted with Donna. When he came home from work today, he said there had been concern from many of the Div. 15 employees, wondering if Donna may have been on this particular Metrolink train. Please except our DEEPEST SYMPATHY in the loss of your Wife & Mother. My husband, remembers her as a CONCIENCIOUS, HARD WORKING, FRIENDLY WOMAN, who was a pleasure to work with. She will be sorely
missed by those who knew & LOVED her. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

— Tom & Debi Durkee
September 13, 2008 at 11:14 p.m.

I've known Donna for 15 years and she is one of the most hard working person I know. It's always a pleasure whenever we get a chance to talk, cause I always learn something new from her. To Larry and the kids I would like to extend our deepest condolences in behalf of all her friends here at MTA.

— Arnold Carpio
September 14, 2008 at 6:38 a.m.

Donna and I have been friends for over 20 years, we trained as Storekeepers together at Division 10 in East Los Angeles in the Early 1990's. I had bought a new Shih tzsu puppy about a year ago, and Donna was always calling me to see how he was doing offering me tips on how to train him. I always appreciated her help whenever I needed a day off, she was always willing to come in and work for me. To Larry and his family, please accept my deepest sympathy for Donna, she will be missed.

— Ernie De La Rosa
September 14, 2008 at 7:21 a.m.

As a fellow employee at MTA our hearts and prayers got out to Donna's family. I never got to meet her, but its people like her that that make it better for the rest of us to do our jobs. God bless her family as they deal with the loss of their mother and wife. Take comfort in knowing how much
she was liked at work and how she would help others. God bless you.

— Lauro Trejo
September 14, 2008 at 7:24 a.m.

I knew Donna in the early 1990s at Division 15 where she was a store keeper. She was the one bright spot there and proud of her Puerto Rican heritage. What a tragic loss.

— Frank Blankenship
September 14, 2008 at 9:33 a.m.

I met Donna in June of 2002. I transfered to her storeroom at Division 7 for training. Donna instantly made me feel at home. She told me to make my job fun and everyday will be marvelous. Since then, everytime I asked her, "how are you doing" she answered, "MAVRELOUS". My deepest sympathy to the Remata family ,take joy in knowing that we her co-workers loved and will miss a MAVERLOUS person.

— Freddie Flores
September 14, 2008 at 10:16 a.m.

I was a mechanic at Division 15 and a had the privilege of
knowing Donna,She always conducted Herself in a professional
manner.I like to extend our deepest condolences to Larry and
Her kids. May God bless U.
Frank J. Aguiar

— Frank J. Aguiar
September 14, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.

Larry, Larry II, and Tiffany, please accept my deepest condolences. Your wife and mom was a beautiful woman, and I will always carry a piece of her in my heart. I had the privilege of knowing Donna for twenty years. I was one of Donna's supervisors during her career at the MTA. Although I wasn't her current supervisor, nor had I supervised her for several years, I would still call Donna to see how she, and the family, was getting along. You see, there are people that come along in our lives that have a profound impact upon us; Donna was one such individual in my life. She was always positive and upbeat. When I would ask her how she was doing she would reply, 'Marvelous.' Our conversations usually stemmed around our families and the challenges of raising teenagers. We would laugh at each others stories. We both realized these were challenges we gladly accepted because we loved our kids. Larry II and Tiffany, your mom loved you very, very much. May God provide your family comfort and strength during difficult this time. My prayers are with all of you.

— Donald R. Mendoza
September 14, 2008 at 11:41 a.m.

I am sorry to say I didn't really know Donna, but she was a very familiar face on the train that was always very friendly. I sat accross from her Friday afternoon while she chatted to another gentleman next to me about Larry being in Hawaii and she was going home to fix dinner. We said our goodbye's in Chatsworth where I and the other gentleman got off. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family & friends.

— Melinda
September 14, 2008 at 12:43 p.m.

To the Remata family and the Nieves family
only saw Donna afew times as would be at the lax airport to take a flight --- her dear father Tony worked with us at united airlines to make sure all the flights went out with no problems when it came to the food
love to all in the family--and my deepest sympathy

— Carole Paquin
September 14, 2008 at 1:32 p.m.

To the Renata Family, Please accept my condolences on be half of my family.
"Donna I had just share my pictures from our family vacation to Hawaii on thursday mornning; and shared the usual laughther and the jokes that were never ending during our comute to Union Station for the daily grind,,, may the good god have you in a special place like us here we will always remember your kindness and wonderfaul company.
My prayers are with you and your family during this though moment in our lives.

— William Ordonez
September 14, 2008 at 3:21 p.m.

I've known Donna for approximately seven years. As others have stated, when asked how you doing her answer was always "MARVELOUS".
Donna was the most conscientious MTA employee I have met. On more than one occasion when handling coverage at our location, she would not only take care of our divisions needs but would also do paperwork she didn't have time to do at her own busy location.
She told me once how much she enjoyed taking the train because of all the people she met. They would discuss books, movies,family and all sorts of topics. One night she arrive for work (early as usual)she pulled out a book on signing. I ask her why she was reading this type of book. Her reply: "There is a deaf passenger on the train, this way he can join in".
My very deepest condolence to her family especially and then to all of us who lost a very good person in our lives.

— Richard Lepe
September 14, 2008 at 5:08 p.m.

I was Shocked to see her name on the news, I still cant believe it I was praying that it wasn't her, still think that I will hear her voice tomorrow. She was such a sweetheart and always helped me at work. Eventhough we didnt work at the same department (I work at division 6, 7 & 10) We will always talk at least once a week... when she will answer the phone she will always ask "Am i going to be an auntie yet?" SHe was a great Person and an awesome friend!!

— Susana
September 14, 2008 at 6:32 p.m.

To the Remata family & her friends/coworkers who have lost her... I did not know Donna but feel like I've learned a little just from these lovely replies. She sounds like she was just a wonderful woman and my heart goes out to you all in this time of sadness.

God Bless...

— Lydia
September 14, 2008 at 7:01 p.m.

B E S T.



September 14, 2008 at 8:27 p.m.

May the Lord have your soul in Heaven, as you look upon your family.

— Leo-Los Angeles
September 15, 2008 at 12:08 a.m.

Donna Remata-AKA "Donna Love"
You always knew how to bring a SMILE to ones face!
You will be missed!
You and your family will be in my prayers forever!

— Philip Patino
September 15, 2008 at 5:45 a.m.

I had the pleasure of meeting Donna about 6 years ago, she worked hard for her family and was an asset to MTA. She will be greatly missed. To the Remata Family; Our prayers are with you.

— Frank Jacobo
September 15, 2008 at 5:48 a.m.

I had the plesasure to meet Donna in various occasions, when she was helping us in covering vacancies in our department, she was very dependable and she always carry herself in a very profesional manner, I want to sincerly give My very deepest condolences to the Remata Family and all Stores personnel that knew her.

— Ernest Buenrostro
September 15, 2008 at 7:57 a.m.

To the Remata family, my condolences and sympathy pour out to the family. I met Donna about 20 years ago and from the first meeting to our daily telephone calls about our children our dogs and work there was never a dull moment. Donna knew how to always bring the best out of every person and situation with her up beat personality and her positive actions. I could go on and on, we're going to miss Donna dearly our TCU Sister.

— Michael
September 15, 2008 at 7:58 a.m.

First of all, my deepest condolences to the Remata family. It seem so unreal that Donna is no longer here with us.There's no doubt in my mind that she is in heaven doing God work. My heart is with the family at this sad time. I have known Donna for over 20 years. Donna was the best at whatever she did. She love her job; and took great pride in her work. Donna was a very caring person that adore her kids. Overall, she was one of kind. I will along with my collegues, will miss her tremendously. As Donna would say," everything is marvelous".

God Bless

— Vernon Passmore
September 15, 2008 at 8:12 a.m.

God Bless You Donna, My friend, My co-worker, Donna, over 20 years we have known each other. We were always there for each other, Thank You. To:Larry, Larry Jr. and Tiffany and the Remata Family, my deepest condolences.

Michael Hagan

— Michael Hagan
September 15, 2008 at 8:16 a.m.

My deepest condolences to the Remata family. I had the pleasure of meeting Donna while working at Division 7. She will be truly missed.

God Bless

— Gloria Kelley
September 15, 2008 at 9:20 a.m.

Although I have not been in touch with you all for quite some time I fondly remember Dee-Dee's humor and "quick wits" as if it were yesterday. What a beautiful soul. Each of you are in my thoughts, in my prayers and close to my heart - ALWAYS!!

Lots of Love and Tight Hugs!

— Michelle Rodriguez
September 15, 2008 at 9:22 a.m.

I was deeply saddened to hear about the Metrolink accident and the loss of so many valuable lives. Donna and Larry Remata and family are in my prayers and memories. I'm sure Donna will be terribly missed by family and friends. I have only fond memories of working with Donna and Larry at MTA Division eight. God bless all the victims and their families.

— Jim Jennik
September 15, 2008 at 10:26 a.m.

I have met Donna once in person, and have spoken to her several times by phone at work. We would always joke and laughed when I placed orders on supplies and always noted on the order I needed them ASAP. She would always correct me when something was wrong and always processed my order quick. That made it seem like we actually worked together side by side.

'She's a good example of how far but yet how well we as co-workers could work together and get along'

She will be missed. But, I know God is looking out for her and her family, my condolences and prayers to all.

— Mayra
September 15, 2008 at 10:37 a.m.

My sincerest condolences go out to the Remata family. I first met Donna when she gave the M3 class and it was truly an honor to have met her back then. Of course we had talked on many occasions because I would call on her for supplies or help on the M3 sytem. What I remember most about Donna was how she loved job and how good she was at it. I will always remember Donna as funny, kind, patient, caring, and most of all what a wonderful woman and co-worker she was. I will miss her very much. My heart and prayers go out to her loved-ones.

— Lorraine Fierro
September 15, 2008 at 10:59 a.m.

I know Koga. I never met Donna, but I'm sure she was a wonderful woman considering how great Koga is, and how she always spoke highly of her mother.

I can't imagine your loss. I'm so sorry. This is a terrible thing.

— a friend
September 15, 2008 at 12:02 p.m.

Donna and I didn't talk everyday, nor did we talk every week. But whenever we saw each other, as we did on Friday afternoon, we took the time to talk and ask about each other's family. And always, always, we ended our talks with a good belly laugh. I'll miss her.
However...It's comforting to know that I have a friend in Heaven.

— Shantelle Brown
September 15, 2008 at 12:14 p.m.

Dee Dee was such a wonderful person! She always made you feel welcome. I will truly miss her! I'll never forget how BEAUTIFUL she looked on her wedding day! I just want the family to know that our arms are around all of you right now - You are all in our prayers and thoughts. Wish we were there right now, we will be there soon. This is such a great loss-

— Angelina
September 15, 2008 at 1:50 p.m.

On Friday, I was in South Bend, Indiana, when I heard the news of the Metrolink crash. I learned that it was the 3:35pm train that leaves Union Station for Moorpark. Since I used to take this train daily after work at my previous employer, I immediately wondered if Donna was on there that day since she drove in sometimes. I didn't have her cell phone number in my new phone so I couldn't call her. I stressed about it all day Saturday while at my first Notre Dame football game and learned later that night when the list came out that my good friend was gone.
I had the pleasure of sitting next to Donna on the train every day for about 3 years. I have met Larry and Larry Jr. and I feel like I know Donna's entire family. Since I have shih-tzus, Donna and I had something in common from the very start. It's true when she told people that she talked to people on the train about EVERYTHING. I was one of them. She was so quick-witted and always had a smile on her face and could put one on yours if you needed it. I truly loved Donna.
I can't believe that this has happened and I regret not being able to say good-bye. I'm full of all kinds of emotions because I no longer take that train home but I know where I would have been if I was-right next to one of the best people I ever met in my life.
To the family, my prayers are with you and I will try to contact you to see if there is anything I can do for you all.
Donna, I will miss you already and look forward to seeing you again some day. Keep an eye on me from Heaven and help me to get where you know I want to be. Viva Puerto Rico and even though I'm a Giants fan, GO ANGELS!!!!

— Dennis Donovan
September 15, 2008 at 2:33 p.m.

She helped train me when I first started here at the MTA, and right away she put me at ease when she told me that, "there was nothing that I could do that cound't be fixed". She put me right at ease.
That sparkle in her eye - Her positive attitude towards whomever she met - Her "Marvolous" way will forever be missed.

— Anonymous co-worker
September 15, 2008 at 2:45 p.m.

I was at work when I read that Donna Renata's life was taken in such a tragic way. I read about her daughter's beautiful tribute to her mom in the Los Angeles Times.I never have met Donna but a loss like this affects the entire MTA family. I would like to extent my condolences to the Renata family and especially to her children stay strong and always know that you mom's love for life has touched everyone here at MTA.

— Rosa Graciano MTA
September 15, 2008 at 2:54 p.m.

My deepest condolences to Donna's family. I miss her a lot already, I still want it to be just a bad horrible dream, I want to dial the extension and realize its just that a bad dream. Still cant believe it... WHY her??? I just spoke to her on Thursday. She helped me out a lot at work with M3 and the supplies ordering and sometimes sped my orders thru :) but she also was a great listener and of course a greeeat talker... we will talk about family, Comedians if she went to a show or I did and we will always tell each other Dee Dee Deee (carlos mencia's trademark) at some point in our conversation.
"CoNo" I miss you! but I definitely know you are in a way better place.

— S. Susana Barillas, MTA Div. 6
September 15, 2008 at 4:10 p.m.

Metro has loss one of its finest workers. My prayers are with the Remata family. Donna and I would always talk about our dogs. She was such a nice lady and I will miss her tremendously. She would always be there to help you.I would ask her how are things and she would say "Everything is Marvelous".I will always remenber that about her. She is an angel in the sky.

— Senior Officer Loretta Ferem, METRO
September 15, 2008 at 4:29 p.m.


— Candy Rullan
September 15, 2008 at 4:35 p.m.

For the first sixteen years of my life, my mother and I didn't get along because we had different interests and beliefs. When I came back from Hawaii three weeks ago, my mother and I grew so close so fast. We were cracking jokes the moment I came back, hanging out like we've been the best of friends, going on shopping sprees like little High School girls, and just being the best of friends. Next thing I know, I received a phone call from my Aunt Debbie saying that there was a train accident. I waited a while and by five, I knew she was on that train.

All I can say is I'm glad I was able to make up with her before I lost her. I loved my mom and will foreverly love her. She was a wonderful mom and I never knew the extent of her love for me until those two weeks we grew close. I love you, Mom, and I know you are happy up in Heaven. <3

— Tiffany Remata
September 15, 2008 at 5:06 p.m.

She was a very kind, sweet lady who was always happy at work. I always enjoyed working with her, she will be missed at METRO.

— Noel P., Metro
September 15, 2008 at 5:44 p.m.

Larry..Tiffany..Larry Jr, I am so sorry for your lost. Larry, I remember meeting her here in Vegas. What a wonderful lady. I can't believe she is gone. Please except my Condolence. My prayers are with you and your family. Take care and God Bless.
Love you all, Chan

— Chan Bacio, Pakala, Kauai
September 15, 2008 at 7:23 p.m.

Our deepest condolences to your family and know that she still has her eyes on all of us. During this time, be there for one another, have your moments and let the small petty stuff go....we are not guaranteed anything in this world we live in, but we have one another to get through these tragic times. You are in our thoughts and she will be GREATLY missed!!

— The Kamakura-Boyle's
September 15, 2008 at 7:36 p.m.

Our deepest condolences to the Remata family. Donna was very helpful to our department and would always post receipts to clear old invoices. As a matter of fact she posted receipts for somne invoices before she left on Friday.
We will miss Donna tremendously.

— Accounts Payable Department, Metro
September 15, 2008 at 8:45 p.m.

I Used To Sit next To Donna Every Morning On Our Way Into Los Angeles. She Had A Gentle Way Of Waking Me Up Whenever I Fell Asleep Before Our Last Stop. I Guess That Concern She Had For People Sums Up The Way She cared For Others. I Will Miss Our Talks About Our Filipino Spouses, The Stories She Would Tell, And The Sound Of Her Laughter. My Deepest, Deepest Sympathies To Her Family.

— Marc Anthony Padron
September 15, 2008 at 9:08 p.m.

My heart goes out to you and your family. I didn't know her, however from what I read she sounds amazing. My heart goes out to all the victims families and friends. May god bless you all.

— Sheila
September 15, 2008 at 10 p.m.

The Remata Family of Makaweli, Kauai had our family reunion two weeks ago and we missed Donna. Larry, Larry, Jr. and Tiffany were with the family. Mama Remata celebrated her 100th birthday with a luncheon on 9/11 with her 11 children (one brother was missing)and their spouses. Mama's big celebration was on 9/13. Larry received his emergency call about Donna early Saturday morning. Larry and Larry, Jr. returned to California that morning. I know that Larry missed having Donna with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with Donna's family. May you rest in peace. Donna.

— Sister Florence Remata, O.S.F.
September 16, 2008 at 3:14 a.m.

I worked with Donna at Division 7 in Stores. She was always an enegetic and positive person. Every morning she would greet me with a 'Hello Doll". I have always admired her drive to work many hours, her superior knowledge of the storeroom parts and for the love she had for her husband and two kids. When you asked Donna how she was doing, her reply was always "Marvelous". My deepest sympathy goes out to her family. I will truly miss seeing her at MTA. I still have the pleasure of working with her husband, Larry at Division 8. Through him I still have a part of her.

— Leitha Howard
September 16, 2008 at 4:20 a.m.

Larry, Larry Jr, and Tiffany, Please accept my deepest condolences and sympathy to you and your family. I had the privilege to know Donna during my tenure at MTA for 20 years as a fellow storekeeper and her supervisor for the 2nd time here at MTA. Your wife, and mom was very special to me and as the many friends comments indicate, to many of us here at Metro, In addition to the smile and her humor which were contagious when you were visiting with her, Donna accepted nothing less than perfection in her work. She shared the love for all of you, and it was very evident that she cared about her family, her friends, her animals, and loved life. When you meet a special individual of this caliber in life, there is a deep love and respect because we enjoy the good feelings that this person shares with you. We will miss you Donna! May our Lord, Jehovah God bless you and your family and give you strength.

Rev 21: 4 ' And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.'

— Angel Noriega
September 16, 2008 at 6:22 a.m.

I was deeply saddened when I heard about Donna's tragic death. I had the privilage of knowing Donna when we worked together at Division 7. Such a fun soul, she always had something funny to say and she was always smiling.

My thoughts and prayers are with all her loved ones.

It's not goodbye, simply see you later.

Donna, you were just "Mavalous"

— Tiffany Yace, Metro employee
September 16, 2008 at 6:37 a.m.

I was so shock when I was reading the newspaper and came across Donna's name. I had never met her in person, but I had just spoken to her over the phone that week about a order I had put in on 4i. We carry a conversation in which we both had a laugh..... at this moment I knew that this person was just full of life. Please tell all your love ones you love them for no one guarantee's us "tomorrow". My deepest condolences to the Remata & Nieves family.

God please give her family strenght to carry on.

Donna, may the Lord have your soul in heaven. You will dearly be miss........

— Silvia Llamas, METRO
September 16, 2008 at 7:08 a.m.

Donna was one of the nicest persons. She kept a smile throughout the day and gave that smile to you after you walked away. To her loved ones, your sadness is shared by the many people she worked with.

— Victor Laury
September 16, 2008 at 7:11 a.m.

To the Remata Family, my deepest condolences. I work at Metro, and even though I did not work with Donna a member of the Metro Family has left us,and from reading the stories and notes posted here a very wonderful person.
May the Lord Bless You & Keep you in His loving care always.

— Darryl Griffen
September 16, 2008 at 7:19 a.m.

My prayers are with the Remata family.

Donna was a beautiful person, always so professional, kind and helpful in her position. She was the epitome of customer service.

May God strengthen and comfort each of you.

— Joanne Harper
September 16, 2008 at 8:54 a.m.

To the Remata Family: Please except our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Wife & Mother. She was a great woman and was always so nice and helpful. She knew I had a little one and always said cherish the moments because they grow so qucik. We will truly miss seeing her.

— Arndt Family
September 16, 2008 at 9 a.m.

I was one of the crew memeber of a ambulance that responded to the accident on that day. I trasported many people that day. I just wanted to say. I'm sorry for your lose.

— Thomas EMS
September 16, 2008 at 9:30 a.m.

To the Remata Family,
My family and I extend our deepest sympathy to you. My son (Matthew Martinez) was a student at Pinecrest with Larry Jr.. God Bless you during this extremely difficult time.

Rachel, Matthew and Nicole Martinez

— Rachel Martinez
September 16, 2008 at 10:06 a.m.

When I first saw a name Donna Ramata Saturday night, I said it couldn't be our Donna, but Sunday morning when I woke up and the names of the victims were flashing on my TV and her corrected spelled name showed, I broke down and tears started coming down my cheek. I know no one who to call to verify so I waited with her in mind. So come Monday morning the first place I went to was at the Stationery and with tears in my eyes it was truly her, victim of a very tragic accident.She had touched my heart deeply that I can talk to her for hours if given the chance. She always has that alluring smile on her face everytime I see her at the Stationery. She loves talking about her family and you can hear from her voice how much she really cares and loves them with all her heart. She has the lilting voice that I love so much to hear. Never did I see her get mad, always l a smile and laughter on her voice and her eyes. Until this writing, I am still in shocked that I will not see my beloved and beautiful friend, will miss her so much. I had never been touched by anyone's death except this one and I am grieving for her family too. To her children, very young to loss their mother but old enough to carry on her wishes for them. Larry please hold on to her memories and the wonderful life you had with her. I will miss her "DAHLING" every time I see her at the Stationery. Donna is well-loved by everyone.

— Fe Alcid-Little
September 16, 2008 at 10:21 a.m.

I want to express my deepest sympathy to the Remata family as well as the Nieves family. The nieves family has always been part of the Medina family. We were always at thier house. The Nieves was the party house. Every one wanted to be there. You always felt at home and very welcomed. When dad (Joe Medina) woke me up on Saturday morning to give me the news about Dee Dee I was shocked!Our family is grief stricken and want you to know that you are in our prayers.

I'm glad that we had the opportunity to see her during our family bar b que on July 5th. The family killed a pig for the gathering and even though it was very hot that day we all enjoyed one another. I have a beautiful picture that I took of Dee Dee smiling sitting with Evelyn and Tony.

Que Dios la tenga en su santa Gloria!

God bless each and everyone of you and know that we are here if you need us.

We love you all,

The Maldonado's and the Medina family

— Maria Maldonado
September 16, 2008 at 11:04 a.m.

Donna's definition of a friend was -

"A friend is someone that reaches for your hand and touches your heart."

Donna was truly a friend of mine. I will miss her.

My sincere condolences to Donna's family.

— Margaret James
September 16, 2008 at 11:54 a.m.

We are here for you. Whatever you need, just call.
Your co-workers at Division 8

— Patrick Orr
September 16, 2008 at 12:21 p.m.

I remember passing Donna last Thursday in the tunnel at Union Staion and saying good morning to her. She worked in Stationery at the USG Metro building with Kenny Allen and was always very helpful with the items we needed to service our users (stationery provides LCD monitors to ITS techs). She will be greatly missed.

May God hold and protect her family especially through this difficult time.

— Albert Escarcega
September 16, 2008 at 1:42 p.m.

My Deepest sympathy to the Remata Family. Donna was truly a
marvelous lady and I will miss her deeply . She always made everyone smile and could brighten up even a gloomy day. May God comfort you thru this most difficult time. My prayers are with you.

— Debbie Coddington
September 16, 2008 at 2:20 p.m.


September 16, 2008 at 2:47 p.m.

Dearest Uncle Larry, Lil' Larry & Tiffany,

We offer our deepest condolensces to you all in this tragic time. You were all there for us during our loss and this is our time to be here for you. Aunty Donna will always be held deep in our hearts and we have only the greatest of memories (ie. dressing up as the Easter Bunny for the kids, her great sense of humor and her reality).

We are all still in shock and hurt by this tragic event. We are just so grateful we were able to be blessed with her in our lives. As you know, we are here for anything you need. As the days pass, you will have days that pass with ease and days that seem like they will never end. Appreciate your everyday, treasure one another and hold dear all the memories of Aunty Donna. We love you all!!!

P.S. I will definitely miss her Gandule Rice!!!

Me ka mana'o nui (Respectfully yours)... your Ohana (your Family).

— Noelle, Rukus, Levi-Drake, Yashua & Kapono
September 16, 2008 at 2:56 p.m.


September 16, 2008 at 4:15 p.m.

Uncle Larry,
I'm so sorry, Mom called us Saturday morning and we were in disbelief. We only get a chance to see you and the family once a year during xmas time. Our deepest thoughts and heartfelt prayers to you and the kids. Aunt Donna is surrounded by alot of caring and loving family, friends and co-workers. So much care and kindness she has given to all that know her and all these wonderful thoughts people are sharing about her only brings out the warmness and love of the heart she has.
Love you Uncle Larry

— Tim/Stacey Carrillo
September 16, 2008 at 4:39 p.m.

To My dear friends Evelyn & Tony Nieves. I want to share in your grief the terrible tragic loss of your Donna, I can't imagine going thru something like this.My tears and prayers are and will be with you and allllll the family. Our Love Esther, Gary and family. From Tulsa Okla.

— Esther Palmer Tulsa Okla
September 16, 2008 at 6:23 p.m.

Losing Donna to such sudden and tragic circumstances has left us all in shock, disbelief, and tremendous sadness. But it is comforting to see this great outpouring of sympathy and love for her family. It is very heartwarming to read the stories of Donna's vibrant and funny personality, and of the love she had for her husband, Larry and their 2 beautiful children, Larry, Jr. and Tiffany. Donna will always be remembered as a wonderful human being; a woman who found joy in living, and giving; a friend, who could bring smiles and laughter when we needed it. One of her favorite songs goes, "Don't worry, be happy"! and she's singing it in heaven! May God bless and comfort the Remata and Nieves families and give them strength and understanding

Love, Ike and Donna.

— Ike and Donna Alison
September 17, 2008 at 1:41 a.m.

Larry and Remata Family...I recall watching the news and thinking and praying for the families. Dear God "keep the travelers safe, keep the families in your comfort". At that very moment I had no inclination of the injured. I then received an email from a cousin who lives in the Los Angeles area and a cousin from Las Vegas. The name so familiar, my childhood in Pakala! I did not have the opportunity to meet Donna, but from reading all the wonderful stories shared by her friends, co-travelers, family and coworkers, I would have loved for her to by my best friend! Larry and children: my heart is with you. May God bless and keep you in his comfort.

My warmest Aloha,
Bobo Yaris

— Bobo Yaris, Pakala, Kauai, Hi
September 17, 2008 at 8:07 a.m.

To the Remata Family, my deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time. Believe in your heart that she's in God's hands now and have faith that one day you will all be reunited. Jesus loves you and he'll take care of your family. Believe in his promises. God bless you and he will carry you.

— Claudia
September 17, 2008 at 10:22 a.m.

Donna was a great worker and co-worker she was relible and dependable. If she said she would be there she was,I will miss her dearly. God bless her and her family. Heaven has called another angel home.

— Leroy Douglas
September 17, 2008 at 12:03 p.m.

I knew Donna Nieves as a Banning Pilot from 1974 to 1976. We shared the softball diamond at Banning High School in Wilmington. She was our team catcher, and had a great arm. She was a solid player that didn't talk the talk, but walked the walk. Of course discovering that Donna Remata was the same person I knew as "Donna Nieves", is a shock. From the previous descriptions of her, she had remained the same warm-spirited, enthusiastic, loving, and stable person she was way back when I knew her.
To her family, I can't imagine the grief you have, but I want you to know she will always be rembered by her teammates and friends from Banning High, Class of '76.

God bless the Remata and Nieves families.

Esther Rendon (Aguilar)
Carson, California

— Esther Rendon-Aguilar
September 17, 2008 at 2:31 p.m.

First of all, My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends that Donna (my sweetheart) came in contact with and touched so many of our hearts and lives. She will be missed forever by so many of us. God Bless Donna and her family at this difficult time.

When I first heard the news Saturday morning I was in a state of shock and couldn't believe it. I stopped what I was doing and began to cry when my son asked Dad "what is wrong" and all I could do was hug him. Always remember to tell your kids and family you love them each and every day.

I had the privledge of being Donna's Supervisor when she came from Division 7 to work in Stationery. She was a awesome person and always had a positive attitude. She helped so many of us and made my job so much easier. When they transferred me it was hard for me to say goodbye to Donna and Kenney because they were my work family. I stayed in contact with Donna just because she always made me smile.

Now I have to say goodbye to Donna again and it is so difficult. When I look up at the heavens above I know that Donna our newest angel is looking down on us with her smile.

Goodbye Donna for now but we will meet again. God Bless.

— Roger Potter- Metro Material Supervisor
September 18, 2008 at 7:34 a.m.

To the family of Donna,

I worked with Donna at Division 7 and at Stationary. She trained me when I became a stock clerk at Metro 9 years ago. I had usually worked in an office environment so performing a position as a stock clerk, for me was challenging. I remember when I first met her I was really impressed by her strength, determination and dedication. She was so efficient. Everything was always so perfect. She trained me the right way and didn't cut me any slack. I recall the day that she trained me on moving the 55 gal drums of oil. She moved them like they were toys that she was playing with!..I tried to do the same but I couldn't quite do it. She kept with me until I was able to achieve it. I have always remembered that day. When she would work a double and I would come to relieve her she always had a smile on her face. I'd ask her how she was able to do it and she would smile and say that it was "no problem". She was so inspirational. Her storeroom will never be the same.

Her smile and her comments 'Doll' and when you asked how she was doing it was ALWAYS 'Marvelous' will be missed by many.

I'd like to share my deepest condolences to you all. I just lost my brother in '06 and my mother in '07. Both losses were unexpected. So I can say that I know how it feels. My heart and prayers go out to you. Live in her memory and remember that she will be walking with you everyday. May god be with you today and ALWAYS.

— Michelle Cardenas
September 18, 2008 at 10:53 a.m.

Uncle Larry,
I tear up each time I read the tribute entries for Aunty Donna. Although we have not seen her in a while, we will miss her. I've talked about it with the kids and will need to dig out the Easter photos of her in the bunny suit so Isabela can see. Please know that even though we are not near, we are praying for you, Tiffany, Larry II and all the Remata and Nieves family as you deal with this loss. I know Mom and Dad have been by the house and are there to help if you need anything.
Love, Laurie, Greg, Isabela, Ian and Will

— Laurie
September 18, 2008 at 11:31 a.m.

Dear Debbie and family
I'm sorry for your lost of Dee Dee.I had worked with her
at wilshire foam when she was 21. We went out a few times
we had gone to amusment park and mountains.She was allways
very funny and a joy to be with.She was very special to
me It's very hard to know she is gone.
god bless

— Daniel J. Hankins
September 18, 2008 at 11:37 a.m.

Debbie,Terry,Joann,Evelyn & Tony...I may have been out of all your lives for many years But the memories that I had growing up has not Faded. I am very sorry to hear about DeeDee My heart goes out to you all. Heaven has just received another angel! Condolences and love is sent to all of you!
To her husband and children.....I know that you don't know me but I am sending out special prayers and hugs to you all tonight

— Lisette Colon
September 18, 2008 at 3:32 p.m.

I joined car #1 everyday in Chatsworth. Donna was there and got off at the next station in Simi Valley. I sat in the same spot, most of us on Metrolink had our spots. Mine was at the back of car #1, next to the door where Donna got off the train. She always had something nice to say. We did the chit chat about the weather, the weekend and the day that was behind us. My daughter had called me early in the week from college, very sad and very homesick. So at the last minute I bought a ticket and instead of going home on the train that afternoon, I flew to Colorado to see my daughter. My feelings run a mix of emotions, and I had hoped that by some miracle Donna would have been OK. My heart broke when I saw her name, and the names and faces of my other train buddies. I don't have the words that can make your hearts feel less pain, but I want to thank your family for letting me share just a short time with you. I will miss you and all the other faces and smiles on 111. To your family, she was wonderful. Be proud, she was a true good human.

— Debi Judd
September 18, 2008 at 7:40 p.m.

I did not know Donna personally, my daughter did. She says that she was one of those special people in life, one who could leave you with good feelings. My heart goes out to you, the family, at this time. Blessed to have had her in your lives, God will be with you in your time of need. When a person is remembered as she was, you know she truly was a beautiful lady. God Bless all of you in your time of sorrow.

— Marie
September 18, 2008 at 11:05 p.m.

i know exactly how you feel, my father had passed in that accident, i will pray for him and the whole family. HUGS

— Mey Chao
September 19, 2008 at 9:51 a.m.

All my love and prayers be with the Remata family. I had the privilege of sharing a few Easters with the Remata family,and it was such a joy to see Donna entertain the children in her bunny suit. I also shared many conversations with Donna in the storeroom at div. 15. I would tease her about being so "happy-pappy" (as I would put it) all the time. That was just her way. No matter how bad you thought your situation may have been,Donna always knew just what to say to turn your frown into a smile! Again, that was just her way. You will truly be missed, Donna girl!

— Terrilyn Melton
September 19, 2008 at 7:45 p.m.

Dear Uncle Larry, Larry II, and Tiffany,

It may have been years since we've left California, but I will always have memories of Aunty Donna smiling. Our recent family reunion shows that we can always come together as one, through the good times and the bad. Even with the two Tiffanys hanging out with each other like good friends brought a smile to my face. Our condolences to you, Larry II, and Tiffany. Aunty will always be with us in our hearts.


— Sean, Torri, Tiffany & Skyler; Mililani, HI
September 21, 2008 at 4:04 p.m.

Though we all may have lost someone who is a big part of our lives and our hearts and we are not able to replace or fill that emptyness that our love ones have taken with them when they left this world. but i hope that maybe we all can come together and allow each other to come into each others lives since i know that we all share the same pain. when my father passed in that metrolink 2008 crash my life has not been the same and its been very difficult, my father left behind his wife and 5 children and so many grand children, and we all miss and love him so much but talkin about him with my family and remembering all the good times we had with him helps us with our pain of losing him. so i just would like to let you all know i am here if you need to talk or just someone to listen to you. my email is

my hearts and prayers go out to you.

— mey chao
October 1, 2008 at 10:09 a.m.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time. We also lost our son Christopher in this accident and know the sorrow you must feel. May your memories sustain you through this most difficult time.

— Donna & Roy Aiken
October 4, 2008 at 2:15 p.m.

i grew up with deedee as our parents are friends from way back. we also played softball together. my deepest condolences to her husband and kids as well as her parents and sisters.

— frances lugo
October 5, 2008 at 11:05 a.m.

To the Nieves & Remata family, We just spoke to my dad (Gil Lugo)this morning and was told Tony & Evelyn have lost DeeDee to this tragedy. Our hearts & prayers go out to your family. Steve remembers the girls when they were kids & just hasn't seen them in years. By reading the other memories, we see what a wonderful person DeeDee was. We know this Puerto Rican touched many lives.
Love, Steve & Janet Lugo, Long Beach, Ca

— Steve & Janet Lugo
October 5, 2008 at 11:19 a.m.

I just finally got the strength to read all the beautiful words from the people that have been touched by Dee Dee. I Thank every one of you for the comforting words. Now to Dee Dee my best half my strength I miss you so so much I feel you here next to me espeacially when the babies are next to me Rex CeCe Kiddy & JoJo miss you dearly. Larry sweetpea and Goo are holding up yet missing you. YOU WERE MINE FOR 49 YEARS I WANT YOU BACK. i MISS OUR JOKES TEXTES OUR PRANKS I MISS YOUR SMILE AND LAUGHTER. SO HI HONEY I"LL BE WITH YOU SOON AND WATCH OVER US. LOVE YOU

— Jo Ann Summerville
October 7, 2008 at 9:19 a.m.

Happy Birthday to you Donna!! Miss you girl! but i know you are up in heaven celebrating your 50th!! watch over your family and your METRO family as well.

— Susana B. METRO Div 6
October 13, 2008 at 12:05 p.m.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Sending you lots of hugs to heaven.

— Susana
October 14, 2008 at 7:12 a.m.

It's been 6 months and five days and the pain doesnt seem to go away. Life's definition has a new meaning since you've been gone. I miss you big sister, more than words can say. I love you Dee.

your kid sister,

March 17, 2009 at 4:16 p.m.

Please contact me regarding a Miss Softball America reunion for the 1974 Wilmington/Carson National Championship Team, of which Donna was a member.

We want to include a special tribute to Donna, and want to speak to a family member who can provide more information.

God bless you

— Esther Rendon
April 30, 2009 at 10:06 a.m.

I miss so much Ma'Donna. You told me you would never leave me and you would be my 'A'ngel for life, and I do feel you with me, but it hurts to see your picture and not be able to call/text you. It's just not the same without you.
I know you're up in heaven making the Angels smile like you did here, but I still wish you were here.

Love you always

PS- I met your parents, they are as beautiful as you said.

— Liz
July 1, 2009 at 4 p.m.

It's been one year since we lost you, and there hasn't been a day that I haven't glanced over to see my picture of you or have you pop-up on my screensaver to remind me what a beautiful and marvelous woman you were. It's been difficult not having you here with me, I miss you my friend.
You said you would never leave me and you were right, you're always in my heart and in my thoughts... But it's still so lonely without you.

— Liz
September 17, 2009 at 4:53 p.m.

Happy Birthday Ma'Donna! Missing you always and never forgotten.

— Liz
October 13, 2009 at 10:55 a.m.

I too think about my sister every single day, sometimes too much. It never gets any easier, but somehow time seems to go by, but never a second without you in my heart.The last 14 months have been entirely too empty without you around. I miss you & I love you Dee! xxoo your lil sis

November 19, 2009 at 6:08 p.m.

Another year has passed, but everyday you remain in my thoughts. Miss you my friend. XOX

— Liz
September 13, 2010 at 2:24 p.m.

I'll always remember DeeDee's wedding. It was a big deal for me to be included. And I will always remember Easter at the house, DeeDee dressed as the Easter Bunny and all the good food from Larry's side of the family. It's difficult sometimes to have to deal with tragedy, but I hope that she and the family knows that they are always in my heart. Remembering my cousin. Love you ~M~

— Michele Nieves
September 23, 2010 at 1:18 p.m.

Well Donna, it's been two years and I still see your name floating around. Your "aura" still exist.

You're still missed.

— PeeCeeeAh
November 12, 2010 at 6:37 a.m.

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