Donna Wustman

Date of Death

March 7, 2018

Donna Wustman, of Santa Barbara, California, passed away on March 7, 2018. She was 88 years old.

Donna was born in Michigan in 1929. She married Jerry Wustman in 1950. They had three children; Jill, Jeff, and Jodi. In 1955 the family moved to California where they eventually settled in Santa Barbara.

Donna was an accomplished artist. She often said it was what kept her going. She worked in many mediums and liked to combine different art forms into one project. Her artwork was extremely creative, and her pieces were colorful, innovative, unusual and always interesting.

In 1976, Donna and Jerry’s daughter, Jodi, suffered a brain injury after being hit by a car. When they could not find a suitable place that accommodated people with brain injuries, Donna, Jerry, and their friend Louise Fields, started Jodi House. This facility, which helps brain injured adults, is still in operation today.

There will be a celebration of life for Donna on May 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Clubhouse at San Vicente Mobile Home Park at 340 Old Mill Road in Santa Barbara.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jodi House at 625 Chapala, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.


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