- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
"I just wanted to let all my 'Rockin' Rhonda' and 'Dancin' Donna' fans know that I have a bit of sad news; I have relocated," Lee commented.
"I will no longer be dancing on the wall next year and I will really miss you all.
Thanks so much for such happy memories and all of the waving and beeping.
I promise I will come back and visit.
Always be happy and dance."
"I have lived in Caldwell for 42 years," Dancin' Donna explained.
"I went to Trinity Academy, which was Saint Aloyious then,
and graduated from James Caldwell.
I first lived on Smull Avenue, moved to Prospect Avenue,
then over to Westover and then to Espy.
I have made a lot of great memories and known a lot of great people."
When asked what she listens to, Lee expressed that she enjoys "Top Forty, Country and Rock Music" and stays away from Hip-Hop and Rap.
Susanne Lazar commented on Lee's departure,
"Riding down Bloomfield Avenue won't be the same,"
commented Kathy Reilly Zieser of Caldwell.
"Donna will really be missed.
Anyone who is from town knows her; maybe not to talk to,
but certainly to wave to or beep their horn at her while driving.
Everyone always has so much on their mind,
but when they came around the bend and Donna was sitting there,
she always brought a smile to our faces."
"The wall was my happy place.
No one could bring me down. I felt safe and comfortable.
In high school I wasn't allowed to be myself,
I was made fun of all the time and in college the same thing.
On the wall, I was myself and people accepted me for who I am.
The old Donna that was bullied
would never have sat on the wall and listened to music.
By the age of 34 I finally learned that you just
can't let people stop you from being yourself.
And if people don't like who you are, that is ok."
Steele explained she had videotaped Lee because she had seen her for many years "bopping on that wall" and thought of Lee as "something of an institution in our community."
"Donna Lee is a gentle spirit