DOUGLAS P. DONAHUE, 57 ROCKFORD - Douglas P. Donahue, 57, went to be with our Lord, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Doug was born on Oct. 22, 1956, in Freeport, to Paul and Nancy (Highbarger) Donahue. He married the love of his life, Teresa Vaccarello on September 17, 1977. He graduated from Freeport High School and worked as a machinist for many years. Doug loved reading, family game nights and watching all the beautiful wildlife in his backyard. Doug and Teresa enjoyed traveling to different beaches to enjoy the warmth of the sun. He was an avid sports fan but truly enjoyed his Chicago Bears, Bulls, Cubs and cheering on the local teams. One of his favorite memories was of watching a Cubs game from a rooftop. During his illness, he enjoyed his visits with his coworkers, special friends and family. His strong will and positive outlook was an inspiration to all. A special thanks for all the love and support to everyone through this difficult journey. He is survived by his loving wife, Teresa; mother, Nancy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Dawn Donahue and Dennis and Beth Donahue; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Fidencio and Maria Perez, Bob and Rosalie England, Rita Vaccarello-Leon, Rick and Salvatrice Pigatti and Sam Vaccarello; aunts and uncles; several nieces, nephews and numerous cousins. Predeceased by father, Paul; sister, Diane; grandparents; mother and father-in-law. The family would like to thank Dr. Mardini and staff from SwedishAmerican Cancer Center; nurse Deb from SwedishAmerican Home Health Care for her care and compassion; Dr. Klemen and staff at NIH and the nurses and staff at Heartland Hospice Care, especially Jen, for her care and support; Brother James Dufresne and cousin, Debra Tarara for their spiritual support. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, with Franciscan Friars officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, with the rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. The visitation will continue on Tuesday from 9 until 9:45 a.m. at the church. Burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established in Doug's name at a later date. To express online condolences, please visit: www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory - Rockford
1860 S. Mulford
Rockford, IL 61108
Published in The Journal-Standard from Mar. 30 to Apr. 1, 2014