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Gertrude E. (Wyman) Donahue

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MANCHESTER -- Gertrude E. (Wyman) Donahue, 97, a resident of West Road, went to heaven on Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 2006, following a brief illness.

Gertrude was born in Manchester on Nov. 18, 1908, the daughter of Fred and Lulu Mears Wyman. Gertrude grew up in Manchester, where she attended local schools and graduated from Burr and Burton Seminary, class of 1927. Following high school, she attended Troy Business College, graduating in 1929. Gertrude married the late John F. Donahue of Arlington on March 4, 1933, and together they moved to Long Island City, N.Y., and then Needham, Mass., where they made their home until moving back to Vermont in 1974. During their time in Massachusetts, John and Gertrude owned and operated North Shore Paint and Wallpaper in Danvers, Mass.

Gertrude was a longtime member of the Catholic Daughters Court St. Rita and the Ormsby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as an officer of both organizations for many years. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary Harned-Fowler Post 6471, and throughout her life served as a volunteer for many local organizations.

Gertrude’s main interest was to spend time with her family and friends and enjoy her home in Manchester Village. She will be missed by her son, John, and daughter-in-law, Beverly, of Manchester; a granddaughter, Kelly Ann of Boulder, Colo.; a grandson, Shawn Michael of San Diego; also her sister-in-law, Frances Grover of Arlington; and many nieces and nephews.

Gertrude was predeceased by her three brothers, Joseph Wyman and Neal Wyman of Manchester and Wesley Wyman of Torrance, Calif.

At the request of the family, there will be no calling hours. Interment will be private in the family lot in Factory Point Cemetery.

To all those who knew Gertrude, and those who were touched by her love, there will be a memorial Mass in the spring at a date and time to be determined. Memorial gifts may be made to Manchester Health Services or to the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255.

To send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place.
Published in Bennington Banner from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2006
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