MARIE S. DONOHUE

MARIE S. DONOHUE of Palm City, Florida, died at home on April 8, 2006. She was 83. A long time resident of New Rochelle, NY and later Somers, NY, she wintered on Hutchinson Island for 13 years and moved full-time to Palm City in 2001.

Mrs. Donohue was born in New York City. She was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Zimmermann and George Muhler Strack.

Her brother, Peter Strack, died in 1996, and her sister, Elizabeth died in infancy.

The family moved to New Rochelle in 1923, where she attended Holy Family School, New Rochelle High School (1939), and the Washington School for Secretaries in New York City. Prior to her marriage, she worked for COLLIER's magazine in New York City.

On October 18, 1947, she married James P. Donohue, in the Church of the Holy Family, New Rochelle, New York.

"Jimmie" predeceased her in 2000. Surviving are her seven children and four children-in-law: Mary "Muffie" Stevens (Peter Stevens) of NYC; James P. Donohue, Jr. (Katherine Donohue) of Bronxville, NY; Margaret Donohue of NYC; John G. Donohue (Deborah Donohue) of Orlando, FL; Eleanor Donohue-Blanchard (Robert Blanchard) of Jacksonville, FL; Peter J. Donohue of Holden, MA; and Paul J. Donohue of Orange Park, FL. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren as well as five of her brothers- and sisters-inlaw: the Reverend John W. Donohue, SJ; Mrs. Mary McCarren; Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Paulmann, and Mrs. Ethel Strack.

While raising her children, Mrs. Donohue was active in many religious and community organizations in New Rochelle, including the Cub Scouts, the P.T.A. organizations at Holy Family School, The Ursuline School, Archbishop Stepinac High School and the P.T.A. Council of New Rochelle. She served on the Board of Directors of The United Way of New Rochelle; the New Rochelle League of Women Voters; and the Wykagyl Crossways Neighborhood Association. She was also a Board member of The Interreligious Council of New Rochelle; a member of the Ladies of Charity; and the Holy Family Ladies Guild. For many years, she was a member of Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck. In 1974, she was appointed City Clerk of New Rochelle, serving under Mayor Frank Garito and Mayor Vincent Rippa.

In New Rochelle, she was a communicant of Holy Family Church, where she served as a lector and member of the Parish Council. In 1991, Marie and Jimmie moved to Heritage Hills, Somers, NY, and in 1997, they celebrated their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary in St. Joseph's Church, Croton Falls, NY. In Florida, she attended St. Joseph's Church in Stuart, where she served as a lector, and Holy Redeemer Church in Palm City. Mrs. Donohue also served as a volunteer with the Martin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary from 1993 to 2000.