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On Wednesday, January 9, Katie Donahue passed away at the McClure Respite House in Colchester, VT, surrounded by friends and family. She was 53 years old.

Katie was born on February 18, 1965 in Pittsfield, MA to Victile Capeless Donahue and the late Paul Vincent Donahue. She graduated in 1983 from St. Joseph's High School, and in 1988 graduated with honors from Assumption College. In 1994 she received an M.S. in Special Education from The University of Vermont, and in 2006 received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Special Education, also from UVM.

After graduation, Katie settled down in Burlington where she lived for 25 years, working with special needs students in Shelburne, South Burlington and Burlington. She was an active member of St. Anthony Parish where she continued to share her beautiful singing talent in the choir.

Katie was a strong and caring advocate for her friends and students. She was able to see the value and potential in so many people. Her close circle of friends was made up of those from various backgrounds and interests. She truly embraced the idea we are all unique and wonderful people and we all have a special place in the world.

Katie was preceded in death by her father Paul, and her guide dogs Urban and Jason. She is survived by her mother, Victile, her brothers Paul and Ian, and her guide dog and companion Derry. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, and aunts and uncles, including Drs. Mark and Eleanor Capeless of Charlotte VT whose generosity and love for Katie was a true blessing.

A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, January 19 at 11:00 AM, at Christ The King, St. Anthony Parish, 305 Flynn Ave in Burlington VT with a reception to follow. A second service will be held in the spring at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Pittsfield, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, or the McClure Respite House.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 13, 2019
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