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Rosemary Donohue

Rosemary Agnes Donohue (Shields)

Friday, May 13th, 1938 - Monday, June 24th, 2019
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Rosemary Shields Donohue, 81, of Howell, passed away on June 24, 2019, in her home comforted by her family. Rosemary was born in Kearny, NJ, to the late James and Catherine Shields. She attended St. Cecilia's elementary and high school in Kearny. Afterwards she worked at New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. In 1967, she and her husband, John “Bud” F. Donohue, moved to Manasquan, NJ where they would raise their family and reside for the next 41 years. Rosemary was an active parishioner in St. Denis parish, serving as a Eucharistic minister, as well as being heavily involved with St. Denis School.
She ultimately found her way to Manasquan Elementary School where she worked in several roles including secretary and aide until eventually retiring in 2006. Shortly thereafter, she and Bud moved to Pine View Estates in Howell. There, as devout and faithful Catholics, they became active parishioners of their local church, St. William the Abbott. Rosemary quickly became involved with a variety of activities and clubs in their neighborhood which helped foster special friendships that remained an important part of her life until her passing. Rosemary's greatest pride and joy was her family, which she ensured remained priority one throughout her entire life. Her love, grace & thoughtfulness helped shape our extended family. Rosemary enjoyed the beaches of Manasquan & Spring Lake, music and dancing, crossword puzzles, creating joy and magic at the holidays with her family and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren. She will always be with us.

She is survived by her best friend and beloved husband of 55 years, John "Bud" F. Donohue; her loving children, John Donohue, wife Tricia and children Anna Jane and MIchael of Portsmouth NH; Katie Kappy, husband Rick and children Emmy and Meegan of Wall, NJ; and Mary Beth Golden, husband Mike and child Charlie of Portland, ME; and her sister, Eileen Lynch and her sister-in-law Kay Kolon.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation Thursday, June 27, 2019, 6 – 8 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, NJ. . A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Denis Roman Catholic Church, Manasquan, NJ 08736 on Friday, June 28, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at St. Catharine Cemetery, Sea Girt, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in Rosemary's memory to The Snyder Chair in Pediatric Urology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia c/o Thomas F. Kolon MD, PO Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178.To send condolences to the family please visit
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Orender Family Home for Funerals
    2643 Old Bridge Road
    Manasquan, NJ 08736
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  • Service

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 10:00am
    St Denis Church
    90 Union Avenue
    Manasquan, New Jersey 08736
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  • Interment

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 11:15am
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 11:15am
    St Catharine Cemetery
    1100 West Chicago Blvd.
    Sea Girt, New Jersey 08750
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Our sincerest sympathies on "Rosie's" passing. Memories of "Rosie," "Saints" "Tony's" "CYO" "the Jitterbug" "Ally" "Fr. Merity," "Ma Bell" etc.etc. are to be cherished. When we leave this earth all we have to "leave" are "memories." Thank God for them! She is at home now, and at peace, so cherish the memories she left. "Buddy" may God give you comfort. Most sincerely, Jo-Ann & Charlie Dolan

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