Donna Carberry of Fort Myers, proprietor of the Harry Ruby Salon, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2010. She was 57.
Born in Chicago, Ill. on March 9, 1953 to Richard and Elaine Tonski, Donna is survived by her husband, Bob Carberry, daughter Deanna, mother Elaine, sister Vicki, brothers Michael and Rick, “Auntie”Carole, Uncle Mike and family, Uncle Neil, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and her beloved “boys,” grandsons, Dylan and Drake.
Donna’s gift for “doing hair’ was recognized early and developed throughout her life. She truly loved her work. She began her career as a stylist at J Gordon Designs in Chicago. Her love of the water and all things Florida brought her here in 1994 to open the Harry Ruby Salon, first on Sanibel and later relocated to Fort Myers.
“To know Donna was to love her for being Donna all Donna.” Her kindness, caring, generosity and playful spirit were known to many over the years. She was proud to be a “dog-person”, never having met a dog she didn’t like. In addition, Donna was a lifelong Cubs fan and in true form, she never gave up hope.
There will be a memorial at Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel Island on Saturday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate Donna’s life, laughter and love. Memorial contributions may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center at www.moffitt.org or the Animal Refuge Center in North Fort Myers at www.animalrefuge.com.